No, it’s not magic, it’s simple crochet joining of triangle motifs into rectangular strips so you can make a blanket.
This is a combined viewer request video.
One person wanted to know how to connect triangles into a blanket and the other wanted to see how to whip stitch motifs together.
Not only did I whip stitch, but I also joined with a single crochet join so you can see both techniques. One will create an almost invisible seam (whipstitch), whereas the other (single crochet) will give a fun 3D effect to one side of your blanket/project. Check out the video below to learn more.
Today’s tutorial will show you how to join any two pieces of crochet with the slip stitch join. This join, unlike most others, has an added benefit of being able to join your pieces anywhere throughout the work. You can join the edges, the middles, or anywhere in between. If you would prefer a video tutorial of this join click here.
The first step is to decide where and what you will join. For this tutorial I’m going to join the edge, so I first put the right sides together.
Note: You don’t always have to put the right sides together when using this join, especially if you are joining in other places than the edges. The only thing to remember is that you need to start the first stitch near an edge because you will have one yarn over that will wrap around the both pieces.
Next, I insert my hook where I want to begin my join.
Note: You can also insert your hook through just the inside or outside loops of each side for a different effect.
Now, yarn over and pull the loop back through the pieces and through the loop on your hook.
Before moving on to the next stitch, be sure to tighten the one you just made down.
Continue in the next stitch or space that you want to join and work your way across the edge or area you want to join.
Here is a view of the backside of the join. If you are using this stitch to join things other than edges and want it visible, you can choose between the two sides that you want for the front.
Once I open the pieces up you can see where the join shows up in the contrasting color I used.
One thing to know about this join is that the resulting edge (if that is what you are joining) will be slightly raised. If you need a flat seam with no raised edging, you would be better off using the Mattress stitch join or Whipstitch join.
What’s your favorite kind of join? Let me know below and thanks for stopping by!
Today’s tutorial will show you how to join two pieces of crochet together using the simple single crochet stitch. This join is about the most sturdy you can make, so it’s great for projects that will get lots of wear and tear. To see a video tutorial on this method, click here.
To begin this join you will put the two pieces you want to join together with the right sides facing each other.
With a slip knot already on your hook, insert it through the first stitch of both pieces to begin your join.
Next, just like a single crochet, yarn over and pull up the loop through both pieces.
Now, yarn over and finish off your first single crochet.
Important Step: Before beginning your next stitch, tighten down the previous stitch. This gives a nice tight join.
Continue down your entire seam single crocheting into every stitch you come to.
Once you reach the end, fasten off and weave in the ends. I’ve used a contrasting color for this tutorial so you can see exactly what shows through to the right side of your work.
Be warned that this join will create a raised seam. If you need a flat seam you can try the mattress seam or whipstitch seam which will give you a nice flat seam.
So to get started, you want to put the right sides together of the two pieces you want to join. Be sure to line up your “V”s (stitches) to be able to stitch through them easier.
Now I begin on the right side of my two pieces (you can start on the left side if you prefer) and insert my needle through just the outside loops of my bottom most stitches. I will be working from bottom to top with this join.
I pull my yarn through the stitches and then bring my needle back across my pieces and insert it again from the right side of my project for the next set of stitches.
Then go through the outside loop of the second piece.
As you work, you can either tighten the yarn as you go or leave it slightly slack until the end of the seam.
You will repeat the steps of inserting your needle through both outside loops then coming back to the same side you started the join to make the next stitch. It is almost like stitching in a circle around your two pieces.
Once you finish the seam, if you haven’t already, take your tails and tighten the stitches down to get a tight, closed seam.
Once you tighten you are ready to open your seam and check out the handy work.
This seam is not as invisible as the mattress stitch join, but if worked in a matching color as the main piece it should be almost invisible.
The seam will be almost flat which makes this a nice seam for clothing where a raised seam may not be comfortable. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask them below. I will get back to you as quick as possible!
To begin your mattress join, first you will put the two pieces you want to join together.
Then beginning at the bottom of your seam, you will insert your needle through the outside loop only of your bottom stitch. Come from the outside of your work to the inside when inserting your needle.
Note: It’s not important which side of the project you begin on. You can come in from right to left as shown in the photo below, or start on the left piece and work from left to right.
Now, bring your needle straight across and insert it through the outside loop on the same stitch on the second piece.
You can see when I pull the yarn all the way through I have made a straight line through my outside loops.
The next step is what distinguishes this stitch from others. You will now bring your needle up to the next stitch on the same side you just worked on and insert it in the outside loop only.
Now I will go through the outside loop again on the other piece I am connecting.
You can see when I pull the yarn though this second stitch that this stitch kind of weaves it way back and forth along the stitches.
Now I repeat the pattern, I go up one stitch on the same side I just came out of to insert my needle again.
I continue this pattern all the way to the end of my seam.
Now the magic, take your ends and pull them tight.
From the wrong side you can slightly see the yarn I used to join. If it was in the same color as my project, you wouldn’t even notice it.
Now for the front side, even with the contrasting color, you can’t really see any of the yarn I used to join the seam. And the piece is completely flat, no 3 dimensional seam here.
Once you finish stitching and seaming, just work these tails in as you would any other tail. If it’s the same color as your work you can easily weave it in. If you chose a contrasting color, you can weave in keeping it on the wrong side so it won’t show up through the front.