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Straight Seam When Working In The Round In Double Crochet

This tutorial will show you how to make a straight seam when working in the round in double crochet. It will explain why your seam may be slanting and what to do to fix it.


  • Dona Wright

    Wow, such clear explanations! I will revisit your site often. A question – when you slip stich in the top of the ch 3 are you putting your hook through 1 or 2 loops?

  • Sara

    Thanks for the video. Good tipsπŸ˜€
    I am using the suggestions given and my Seam is still slanting to the right. I am not increasing stitches, always the correct amount I want. Not sure why? Would u have any other suggestions?

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, if you are looking at your work and it is slanting like this: / You may need to tighten down your sl st and CH 1 more. The extra bit of yarn can push the stitch to the right. πŸ™‚ Let me know if that helps

  • Trudy

    Thanks for the great info! I am making a striped hat. At the beginning of each round the pattern says ch 1, dc in each st around, join with slip st in first dc. So after I do the ch 1, do I work my first dc into the very first dc right next to my ch 1 or should I be skipping that first st? Also, how do you change yarn colors when working in the round? I have tried several different ways, but I’m not sure either way is correct. Thanks so much!

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, it sounds like you should not count the CH 1 as a stitch since you are told to join at the DC. If it said to join at the CH 1, then you would most likely count that stitch. However, usually a CH 1 won’t be big enough to count as a stitch for a DC so that is another clue. πŸ™‚ Also, you can check out my tutorial on fair isle crochet which will show you how to change color when working in the round. Usually you can do it during the last stitch of the previous round or during the SL ST join.

  • Sandra

    How do I make a curved top of a ball/hat like the ones in ur video? All the beanies tutorials start with the same pattern as a flat circle would start

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there the flat circle is the way to start a beanie or hat. Once you reach the crown size the hat will curve naturally. The only reason you would not do the flat circle first is if you wanted a pointy top to your beanie. πŸ™‚

  • Renee

    Do you have a video depicting sc in the round? I also have the problem of the travelling seam. But I only found your video regarding dc in the round..

  • Shayna

    Whenever I do double crochet in the round, the seam always slants to the left when it goes up. Like this direction \
    How do I fix it?

    • Deja Jetmir

      The first thing you want to do is check to make sure you are keeping the stitches the same as you work. Try making a small tube and count each round as you go to make sure they are the same amount of stitches. You might be adding a stitch each round which would make a left slant. Let me know if your slant is still the same.

  • Bethany R

    I can’t seem to make a straight seam in a baby hat. I have tried several ways including yours. Do you have any recommendations. The seam slants to the right some. My slip stitches are tight and I have counted the stitches, including the chain 3. I have 40 dc. I have pulled out 3 rows to count all the stitches. For some reason my increasing rows make a striaght seam but the moment I stop increasing it slants. Can you think of any way to help? The only thing I can think of is that I forgot to count the chain 3 in the magic ring but that wouldn’t explain why my increasing rows are striaght but after the increasing is when it slants. All i want is a basic baby hat that I can change as needed for different sizes.

    • Deja Jetmir

      Hi there, it might actually be the slip stitch that is causing the slant. The only stitch where you need a tight sl st is SC. Try making the SL ST normally (don’t tighten) and see if that straightens it out. πŸ™‚

      • Bethany R

        It has not straightened out. I also tried making the custom made beanie with the video and it still slants once the increasing rows stop. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I will say that the hat I made while watching the video is the straightest hat I have done. Its just annoying that I can’t figure it out. I can make scarfs and blankets easy with multiple kinds of stitches but crocheting in the round… its hard.

    • crocheteverafter

      When it’s to the right that could be a really loose SL ST. It can create extra space that pushes the stitch to the right. You can try making the SL ST a little tighter and see if that helps. If you slant is a full stitch off though (like really slanted) then you might want to actually count your stitches around and make sure you aren’t missing or adding one in. πŸ™‚

  • roberta oster

    I finished row 6 of the 60 DC rows…it looks to me like I began and ended each row on the same stiches as the previous row…each row has 60 dc but looking at all of them, they are leaning to the right instead of making a straight seam… I hope that’s enough information for you to see what I’m doing wrong….I am not sure what would be the top of the slant so I don’t know how to answer your question to Lisa….

  • Lisa Chambers

    I’ve watched several times. It makes sense, and it is how I’ve always joined….
    The seam still travels tho

    • crocheteverafter

      Hi there, which way is it traveling? When you hold it as you are working the join, is the top of the slant on the left or right? I’ll see what I can suggest from that to help straighten it out. πŸ™‚

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