Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tutorial: Seamless Single Crochet, Even Better

This way to do seamless single crochet is way-better than my original single crochet tutorial, especially if you're doing color changes.  Why?  Because it's simpler, the color changes are cleaner looking, and there are no complicated stitch depths involved. I posted a comparison of the two techniques if you'd like to see the differences.   Even a newbie will be able to follow this tutorial.

Notes
· The blue thing on my hook is a hook cushion.  I use them for comfort.  Since they cover up the engraved hook size, I write it on the cushion with a sharpie.
· My favorite hook is a 4.5mm hook, which I'm using in this tutorial.  I've been using this one since the early 90's.  It came in a set of crochet hooks I bought at the drug store.  I recently discovered this was not a common US hook size when I went looking for a back-up and had trouble finding one.
· I make my own paper clip stitch markers.
· I use TONS of stitch markers when I crochet.  Whenever I need a visual cue, I use a stitch marker.  So, if while you're using this technique, you find that you can never figure out which stitch is the first one of the row (into which you will need to slip stitch), then mark it with a stitch marker.  Or maybe you can't tell the slip stitch from the last stitch of the row after you turn, well then, mark the last stitch with a stitch marker.  There's no shame in using stitch markers.  Even after making dozens of my handbags, I still use stitch markers when I make them.

The text is above its corresponding photo.

FIRST ROW

1) It doesn't matter how you've done your first row, but for the sake of this tutorial, I'm going to start with a magic ring (here is a wonderful magic ring tutorial at Planet June) in which I will make 19 single crochet stitches. (The slip stitch that joins each row will take up the space of one stitch, so my 19 single crochet stitch ring will be 20 stitches around, practically speaking.)


2) Now slip stitch to the first stich of the row (insert your hook into the top of the first stitch, yarn over, pull through all loops on your hook).  The next two photos illustrate this step.



3) Chain one.


4) Turn.  The photo shows the already turned piece.  The arrows show you the direction you should always turn your piece when doing seamless single crochet.  Turn so the right side passes toward you and becomes the left side.

SECOND ROW

5) Make your next crochet stitch (which is the first stitch of this row) in the last stitch of the previous row.  You will skip the slip stitch that completed the previous row.  I marked the first stitch of the second row, which we just made, with a green paper clip stitch marker.


6) Continue around to complete the row.  As you can see, your last stitch is in the top of the first stitch of the previous row (the stitch with the red paper clip stitch marker.)


7) Slip stitch (put your hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull through all loops on your hook) to the first single crochet of the row (which is marked with a green paper clip stitch marker).


8) Chain one.


9) Turn.  The photo shows the already turned piece.  The arrows show you the direction you should always turn your piece when doing seamless single crochet.  Turn so the right side passes toward you and becomes the left side.


THIRD ROW (which is the same as the second row)

10) Skip the slip stitch that completed the previous row and single crochet in the next stitch, which is the last stitch of the previous row.  I marked the first stitch of this row with a blue paper clip stitch marker.


11) Single crochet around.  This image shows you the second to last crochet stitch of the row.  I wanted to show you that the place where you will make the next stitch, which will be the last stitch of the row, already has a vertical yarn coming out of it.


12) This is the last stitch of the row.  Complete the row as you would in steps 2 through 4 or steps 7 though 9.  Cake!

COLOR CHANGES

13) First, I want to show you what I mean by a two-row set.  When you crochet your rows back and forth, they create a natural two-row set that look like a single row because there is a deep rut on top and bottom of it.  I usually do my color changes in between these two-row sets.


14) Here we are at the end of a row where we've completed the second-to-last stitch of a two-row set.


15) To complete the last stitch of the row, put your hook in the proper place in the previous row, yarn over, and pull through a loop.


16) To complete the last stich, yarn over using the new color, and pull through both loops.


17) Tie the yarn ends in a square knot.  Sometimes I do this at this point in the crocheting.  Sometimes I leave them loose and tie them at the end when I'm weaving in all the ends.  It doesn't really matter when you do it.  If you do it later, be sure to not pull the ends too tightly because it might make the stitches on the front look weird.


18) Slip stitch to the first single crochet of the row.


19) Chain one.


20) Turn.  The photo shows the already turned piece with arrows indicating the direction in which the piece was turned.


21) Skip the slip stitch that completed the previous row (which is sage-colored) and single crochet in the next stitch (which is yellow and is the last stitch of the previous row).  Continue around.


22) Here is one row of the second color.


23) Here is a two-row set of the second color.


24) Here is the square knot when I switched back to yellow.


25) This is a shot of the "seam" in the seamless crochet.  It's easily detected by an experienced eye, but I think most people wouldn't really see it.


26) Extreme close up of the 'seam.'


27) This is the non-seam side, for comparison.

As always, I'd love any feedback you have about this tutorial.
81 Comments leave a comment


Joy Nolan said ...
Very nice! I'll try that on some Amigurami (probably spelled wrong, lol). This is a great tutorial, extremely clear!
1/18/2009 8:55 AM

Pantha said ...
This is such a good clear tutorial. Thank you.
1/18/2009 9:11 AM

Josie said ...
Thank you so much! I love this tutorial. I've been crocheting on and off for over 14 years now and just recenting have been on a crocheting binge making gloves, purses, and hats. I've noticed that my seams on the hats and gloves have been traveling to the right and didn't know how to correct it. This is just what I needed. You're such an inspiration!
1/18/2009 1:46 PM

Sus said ...
Simply: THANK YOU!!!!!!! :)
1/18/2009 4:09 PM

Bridget said ...
Very nice and clear - thank you!
1/18/2009 5:33 PM

Kelli said ...
The stitch markers are great. Thank you so much for linking your previous stitch marker tutorial, as I was just in the craft store the other day to buy some markers, but was disappointed in the expense and the product. I went home empty handed and instead continued using the same vinyl coated paper clips as usual; however, now I can make them work even better for me - thank you!
1/18/2009 9:20 PM

Aditi said ...
Hello Alice,
you are simply great !! you are an angel for crochet beginners...you know exactly where people get confused..Thank you for such a nice tutorial..
1/19/2009 3:17 AM

Silvia said ...
Thank you for this great tutorial!! It's very easy to follow! Excellent explanations!
1/19/2009 7:49 AM

Terhi from Finland said ...
What a nice tutorial, thank you! Even I, not a native English speaker, could follow it easily.
1/19/2009 11:01 AM

Hi ALice!
Thank you so much for this tutorial! it's so great!
I also really like your new pink scarf!
:)

1/19/2009 1:18 PM

Rachel said ...
Wow, this is fantastic! Great information and so clear. I'll be linking to this, thanks so much for sharing!
1/19/2009 3:04 PM

Michelle said ...
I can't imagine (actually, I can) how long and how much effort it took you to write up this tutorial with such amazing photos and details. Thank you so much. I'm off to go find an ami pattern with lots of color changes so I can try this out. Thanks again.

Oh, and I finally, finally *get* foundation single and double crochet. LOVE IT! Love it!
1/20/2009 12:38 AM

Puglette said ...
hi!
i am a bit confused...not by your tutorial, it's nicely written. :o) but rather by the need to join the rounds at all. i have not used a ami pattern or other in the round crochet pattern that instructs me to use a slip stitch or any other means to join the rounds. i have been just making my required number of stitches in the magic circle add a marker at the last stitch and go on around as required for the pattern. is this just needed for joining colors? am i missing something? i am very new to crochet, so if i have been doing this wrong i would like to correct myself.

thank you so much for the help!
hugs,
puglette
:o)
1/20/2009 2:11 AM

Fliss said ...
This makes complete sense. Indeed, I'd adapted your original method and come up with this way of doing it a few months back! Great minds huh? It's much easier to follow the revised version when making teeny tiny things or using tiny hooks (2.5mm or smaller). I love your explanation :)
1/21/2009 7:09 AM

Megan said ...
This is a great tutorial!
1/24/2009 6:45 AM

Knitting said ...
Thank for your time in showing such a nice tutorial with photos. I am sure that any one can easily knit the cap after viewing.
Thank you once again.
Keryn
1/27/2009 7:28 AM

Maryangela said ...
Do you think it works when I single crochet without turning the piece at the end of each round? I usually close the round with a slip stitch at the top of the first single crochet stitch, then chain 1 and do the first sticht of the next round at the same place. It works nicelly but the seam still bothers me.
When I try your method though I finish each round one stitch shorter - can`t figure out why... wonder if you could help me with that. Thank you very much!
2/3/2009 5:39 PM

Pat said ...
Great tutorial! I am confused on one part, though - I am still pretty much a beginner. Why do you skip the slip stitch in row 3 - step 10 and just single crochet around? I guess I am confused about why you wouldn't continue to do what you did in row 1 and 2. I am hoping to adapt this method to crochet baby hats :)
2/12/2009 11:40 PM

futuregirl said ...
Pat,

Thanks for the nice comment. :)

Row three is the same as row two. If you look at step 5, you'll see that I say to skip the slip stitch there, too.

Maybe my descriptions of step 5 and 10 are confusing because they are a little different, though. Do you think I should rewrite them to be more similar?
2/13/2009 12:03 AM

Liz said ...
Alice, thank you for this but I must admit I don't get it. Sorry. I am making a variation on In the Bloom Bag from the Happy Hooker as you did time ago. Could I use this method for the bag? If so, would I start with a circle with 86 chains (43 for each side)? But wouldn't I just be crocheting in a circle? What is the difference between this and crocheting in a circle? And how would I get the bottom of the bag to seal? Would I just pull the circle tight? But then the bag would be round and not rectangular, or would it? Am I missing something??

I tried to crochet one half of the bag (using single crochet to give the bag more structure as you do) and then when doing the second half I have tried crocheting into the side of the first half by folding the fabric over and stitching into a side before or after a turning chain at each end. In theory this should mean you are making the seams as you go along but it only worked on one side. So I am back to making a bag with a seam. I am hoping your bag pattern will answer my questions.

Just a thought on your turtorials- they are fab but I print them out so that I can follow them at my leisure wherever I am with my crochet. Any chance you could have one of those 'print it out' options on your page which uses the whole page? (or is there a clever way of doing that with a printer which I have missed?!) This tutorial printed onto 14 pages (17 with comments) including two blank coloumns on each side. I just wonder whether there is a more efficient method of using the paper. My sewing basket is overflowing with printed tutorials from your blogs!


4/13/2009 7:07 AM

Liz said ...
I take it all back, I get it!

Alice, thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment. On my third attempt I finally got it! My seamless clutch is taking shape very nicely (the In Bloom bag has become a clutch!). I love the way the bottom of the bag takes shape by crocheting into the side of the chain. I had never thought of that!

I'm going to try changing colours in my next seamless creation. Thanks again!
4/22/2009 12:50 PM

Marisol said ...
OMG!!! I am going to try this right now! Don't know if I will make it right, I am a bit clumsy and will need days to master this new twist!!! My amigurumis are going to look sooo neat and cute!! Thanks! Love to see that you also use paper clips as markers! I thought it was just me!!! I felt a bit cheeky about it! Your blog is sooo useful! Glad I have found it!
4/23/2009 2:54 PM

analea said ...
OMG!!! I am so glad I stumbled on your blog! I do a lot of crochet in the round and have always hated either the obvious joining of each round or the seam that runs diagonally around the project. I can't wait to try this method out. I also make a lot of circular dishcloths and scrubbies and want to see if this method works on an item that is flat. Thanks again!
5/16/2009 11:22 AM

club penguin said ...
I love this tutorial. I've been crocheting on and off for over 14 years now and just recenting have been on a crocheting binge making gloves, purses, and hats. I've noticed that my seams on the hats and gloves have been traveling to the right and didn't know how to correct it. This is just what I needed.
7/5/2009 9:29 PM

Madame Koiteh said ...
Thanks for your tutorials. They are lovely, and well-photographed. These are the best I have seen online, especially to explain techniques that are pretty tough to describe in words! Even after more than twenty years of crocheting, it's wonderful to learn new techniques and improvements on old ones. Keep up the great work!
7/10/2009 9:11 AM

stacey traister said ...
so the thing that keeps the seam from drifting to the right is turning the work clockwise? That is the one thing that I see different that makes this seamless?? Just checking ... I am making a starling bag with all your tutorials and they are great so far!
8/1/2009 9:29 AM

futuregirl said ...
Stacey ... I can't wait to see your Starling Handbag!

You ask some good questions ...

There are several things going on here. First, making a sc in the top of every sc of the previous row *and* making the sl st into first sc to join it in the same place every row keeps the "seam" from drifting. Second, this is made by crocheting back and forth (not in the round) so you have to turn at the end of each row to start the next row. Third, I experimented and always turning your work clockwise looks the best on the "seam." Turning your work counterclockwise leaves longer, looser strands of yarn showing.

Let me know if I can make anything clearer. :)
8/1/2009 1:16 PM

stacey said ...
No this makes it crystal clear for me. I will do my best to get some pictures of my bag up when it is complete. Thanks!
8/2/2009 10:07 AM

sukigirl said ...
I tried this out for the first time today when I was making a cupcake and it was brilliant!
One of my rows was back loops only so I turned and made them into the front loops. Also, for the first stitch only of that row I crocheted into both loops and I found that this stopped it from slanting and looking funny.
Your site is such a great resource and it makes me a better crocheter...thanks so much...suki
8/4/2009 8:57 AM

futuregirl said ...
sukigirl ... Thank you for the sweet comment! :) I'm so glad the tutorial helped you out. xo!
8/4/2009 9:03 AM

sukigirl said ...
Sorry, I forgot to ask you a question ..duh!
I wondered if this technique works only if you are making symmetrical increases and decreases?
Otherwise wouldn't turning at the end of each row cause you to be in the wrong place for the next row?
8/4/2009 9:12 AM

futuregirl said ...
sukigirl ... I think it would work even without symmetrical count changes. Think of it this way, you are (1) doing the slip stitch and the turn at the end of the row, and (2) making your increases and decreases somewhere inside that row. If you always make an sc (single crochet) in the top of the previous row's sc on both sides of the "seam" if wouldn't travel.

That makes sense in my head, but I think I'm going to do an experiment to test that out. :)
8/4/2009 7:43 PM

Staci said ...
Thank you so much! I am very new at crochet and was working on a child's hat (my first project) where the pattern is written with this "seamless" crochet; however, it is using double stitch. I was having so much trouble getting my seam to not look like it had big holes in it. I think the counterclock wise comment you wrote is my problem! I'm going to try that today.
10/16/2009 7:36 AM

Celia said ...
Hi,

I'm a newcomer to crochet, and I loved following this tutorial and actually doing it with the same colored paperclips! (Happened to have a set on hand.)

I would like to apply this to a hat pattern, but it says to "work without turning." So does this technique work for round patterns that are simple and do not require pattern work?

Also, if I want to try this, but a pattern says,

Ch 1, 2 sc at base, 2 sc in next st and in each st around, sl st to first st.

Would I still crochet in the base? What does it mean when you read "2 sc at base" (of chain). I never know where that is exactly.

Thanks!!
11/17/2009 3:39 PM

Celia said ...
Oops -- I should have written above:

So does this technique ONLY work for round patterns that are simple and do not require pattern work?

(I would like to knit the "Downtown Cloche" by Stitch Diva using this technique.)

Thanks.
11/18/2009 1:25 PM

mooglecat said ...
Thank you so much! I've been looking for a tutorial like this all over the place- most crochet sites/books apparently think this is too basic to bother mentioning, and I thought I was crazy for not understanding how to do it right! I'm super excited to try it on my next project now! :D
11/22/2009 11:27 AM

@wendywhy said ...
I have been crocheting for a really long time but I've never been happy with the end result. By using your tips and techniques I think that I will be able to really improve my projects and be really proud of the end result. Thank you so much for your detailed instructions.
What a great blog!
1/3/2010 8:41 PM

futuregirl said ...
I'm catching up on replies, so there are answers for four of you in this comment:

Staci ... How did the counterclockwise work for you?

Celia ... I haven't tried using my seamless single crochet technique without turning, but it would probably work. If you try it, let me know what you think. As for the "2 sc at base" question, only the pattern writer knows what they mean for sure, but I think your guess that they mean the stitch you made right before you chained two is where you should make your two single crochets. As far as the Downtown Cloche is concerned, if they don't have you make it seamlessly, you can totally try this technique. Experiment! I'm sure you'll figure out a great solution. :)

mooglecat ... Thank you for the awesome comment! I'm so glad you liked my tutorial. :)

@wendywhy ... Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site! I do hope my tutorials help you like your crocheting more, because crochet rocks. :)
1/4/2010 1:16 AM

Kim said ...
What a gorgeous and well laid out tutorial, I can't wait to try it out :] I'm not sure if this has been asked, but do you mind me asking what yarn you used here (if you remember)? I absolutely love the colors and the texture is beautiful! And of course, thanks for your awesome website :D
1/17/2010 8:13 PM

futuregirl said ...
Kim ... Thanks for the sweet comment! I used Lily Sugar's Cream yarn in yellow and sage.
1/17/2010 8:22 PM

Kim said ...
Ahh! I had just read in your FAQ's that you are allergic to wool and usually use Sugar & Cream ... I'm so sorry to hear that you're allergic, Alice! About 10 years ago back when I worked at Joann's, LONG before I got into crochet (just in the last couple months, lol) I remember loving it when I had to restock the yarn aisle, I always thought the Sugar & Cream yarn was so much better quality than the acrylics and oh so pretty :) Thanks for your response!
1/18/2010 2:19 AM

Celia said ...
Hi -- thanks for your response. At the time I wrote the above message I was a beginner, but now I am crocheting like crazy, and can even answer my own questions!!

After much experimentation, the round method for hats I like the most involves no chains or turning. I sc a ring of 8 stitches, do a round of 2 in each stitch, and then progress with 1 sc in one stitch, 2 in the next, then for the next row, 2 sc in one stitch, 2 in the next, etc., increasing by one each round.

In this way, I always end up with an increase at the last stitch of each round. The circle curls a tiny bit, depending also on the yarn, but by the time I get into the body of the hat, it evens out. This method may not work so well for tubular constructions like bags or purses, however, as I haven't tested it for that.

1/26/2010 2:17 PM

CIndy said ...
wow, I love the colour join. I had no idea you could do that -all my crochet and amigurumi ALWAYS drift to the right, and I noticed they often tend to in books and photos (or else books just don't have pictures of the colour changes!)Thank you so much, I'm amazed that you figured it out!
2/2/2010 6:42 PM

Amy said ...
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I'd been struggling with this for so long. I taught myself to crochet with books and such but had never worked in the round. Now I'm doing my first pattern and I chose a very difficult one (Annie's Attic 6 pointed star). I could figure it all out except for the starting and ending parts (I fudged the first 29 rows). Heck, until this I'd been turning my work the wrong way. Thank you so much for breaking it down into such detail and having the pictures to draw from.
2/5/2010 2:48 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Amy ... Thank you! Well, I totally made this up, so, you weren't doing it wrong, just not like me. ;) Glad the tutorial was helpful!
2/5/2010 2:52 AM

Amy said ...
Thanks for thinking so... but believe me, I was getting it completely, not even close to right, wrong. I am glad to see that many other people out there in chatworld and blogland are talking about how many different ways there are to do things and how many patterns have actual mistakes... makes me feel better about winging it. Thanks again!

2/5/2010 7:58 AM

Pamela said ...
This is my 3rd of your tutorials I have looked at. They are truely awesome. I found you at ravelry after I was blown away by some sexy crochet items I had seen that of course have NO Patterns available. I am new to crochet and love the the lacy fitted sexy dresses, skirts, tops, tanks and g-strings. So, needless to say, it's good to learn from a Crochet Badass!
3/25/2010 2:00 PM

Sandi Ratliff said ...
Alice, this is awesome. Thank you. I have a lot of questions as a self taught crochet lover. Your explanations together with your photos make everything very clear and easy to understand. I will be watching for other tutorials. Keep up the great work!!
3/27/2010 6:17 PM

Tersa said ...
I love that you use paper clips! I use small safety pins for stitch markers. And thanks for this tutorial! I always hate the way my seams look! These look awesome!!
3/29/2010 4:58 PM

K said ...
You've done it again! Loved the old technique but really wanted to do stripes. So glad you came up with this and I am so grateful that you share it with us. Keep it up!
4/8/2010 1:19 AM

Ann said ...
Hey.. it just so happens that I'm working on a bag that involves SC. Soon, I felt as if I'm losing the thrill to finish it since there is no variety in the stitches. Bumping into your lovely pattern (and lots of tutorials :) ) gives me something new to try! Thanks a whole bunch!
4/21/2010 10:43 AM

Jayashiangel said ...
I just wanted to say thanks I have been trying to crochet a water bottle cozy & couldn't seem to get it to (shape up correctly I think now I see why..)it is done in the round but I couldn't get my round to go up the bottle just out...got to love trying to figure it out a royal pain...
8/26/2010 4:01 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Jayashiangel ... Just in case you still need tips, to get your shape to start going up, just sc once in each sc of the row below (no increases). That'll do it. Thanks for stopping by!
10/1/2010 11:02 PM

Clueless said ...
This is a wonderfully detailed tutorial. I've been afraid to try out Japanese patterns because of the dreaded "work in rounds"! I have one question, though: does this technique work for double crochet as well?
12/1/2010 9:03 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Clueless ... I haven't worked out what you'd do for seamless double crochet, but I'm sure it's possible. Working in the round is no big whoop, though. Just be sure to use stitch markers!
12/29/2010 8:58 PM

BerryFine said ...
Thank you so much for this great tutorial! I'm currently working on a *very* stripey project and thought that the technique of turning your work (which I learned from the Starling handbag) would be appropriate. I tried this on my own and failed. Then I remembered seeing a tute here for a jogless join. Lo and behold! things are working out beautifully with the stripes.

Thanks so much :)
3/30/2011 9:10 PM

futuregirl replied ...
BerryFine ... You're welcome! Happy I could help out. :)
4/3/2011 1:50 PM

I liked this so much that I made it the Tutorial of the Day on my blog, The Crafty Artisan. I have posted a photo and a link to send my readers to this web site for your tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

http://wiserunning.com/blog/2011/06/22/crochet-tutorial-seamless-single-crochet/
6/22/2011 4:31 PM

futuregirl replied ...
The Crafty Artisan ... Thanks for linking to me! :)
6/22/2011 6:59 PM

Amber said ...
Hi Alice,
I am fairly new to crocheting. Was wondering if you can create tutorial video's :o) I am somewhat confused but your technique is what I am looking for to create beanie hats with different designs.
7/21/2011 2:53 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Amber ... You can see the seamless single crochet at work in my Starling Handbag Crochet-A-Long videos http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/labels/startling%20crochet-a-long.aspx Try Episode 2.
7/22/2011 2:37 PM

Julianne said ...
Hi! Love the tutorial and appreciate the time you took! I've relied on YouTube and blogs to teach me how to crochet and there are lots of little things that are overlooked!

Question- I've had it beat I my head that good crochet and knit do not have knots. Are you leavIng them or eventually unknotting and weaving in?

Thanks!
12/19/2011 7:22 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Julianne ... Thank for the sweet comment! :) As for knots, I leave them in. For handbags, totes, and the like, they are hidden inside so no one will ever see or feel them. Plus, I use cotton yarn which won't felt like wool yarn. With wool, the fibers kind of grip each other. Cotton isn't necessarily the same. But, truth be told, I totally knot all the time. If I can hide the knot I'll do it on gloves or a sweater, too. I appreciate the extra security that they give.
12/19/2011 7:32 PM

adda said ...
nice...thank you.
12/30/2011 10:55 PM

Kei said ...
I found this by chance once a while ago, and have been frantically searching for it ever since! I can't wait to implement this technique on my next set of gloves!
3/6/2012 5:52 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kei ... Perfect place to use this since bulky seams would suck on gloves. :)
3/7/2012 7:47 PM

Laurie said ...
You are a sweetheart for taking the time to share your knowledge with all the new crocheters like me!!!
3/10/2012 12:35 PM

NJ BUTTER GIRL said ...
this is it I finally found it thanks to futuregirl
7/17/2012 5:27 AM

Frances said ...
Thank you so much for this good tutorialfor I have been crocheting for years and this will make mine better. So glad someone else uses the paperclips as stitch markers too. Some of my husband's new shirts come with a triangular clip to hold the shirt in place and these make good markers also
8/10/2012 5:52 AM

Sarah said ...
Hi,
This looks really good, much better than the normal color changes... you should also check out this method: http://needlenoodles.com/home/node/139# I just found it and thought you may be interested in..... I think both methods are working well, but yours is a bit more complicated... (maybe I'm wrong ;-))
I will definitely try your method soon, I love crocheting stripes!
1/16/2013 4:11 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Sarah ... Thanks for the link! She has a great color change method for "in-the-round" crocheting. My method is for "seamless back-and-forth" crochet.
1/26/2013 3:29 PM

AT LAST! I finally have an explanation of why it is better to turn your work clockwise instead of counter clockwise. I have bookmarked you to come back and try the invisible seam. See, you can teach old dogs new tricks? (55 years of crochet)
3/19/2013 6:36 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Chris Arlington ... Ha! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. :)
3/24/2013 1:35 PM

Vicki said ...
I'm still confused - when you turn the work, you are crocheting in the opposite direction - is this correct. So in your example, you stitch 1 through 20, then you stitch on top of 20, top of 19, and so forth, is this correct. I hope I made sense.
4/1/2013 4:41 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Vicki ... Yes, exactly. :)
4/1/2013 10:16 PM

Linda said ...
Hello futuregirl, this is an invaluable tutorial and excellently explained, thank you so much. I am currently making a baby jumpsuit in-the-round and your technique is making for such a neat virtually invisible join.
6/26/2013 5:05 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda ... Woohoo! Glad it worked for your project. :)
6/30/2013 2:39 PM

Diane said ...
I'm so excited to try this out. I make a lot of hats, so I'll get a lot of use out of this tip. Super clear tut! Thank you so much. I'm wondering if there is a way to do the double crochet or half double crochet seamlessly? Do you know? I already think I've died and gone to heaven with the sc tut, but to have a seamless dc and hdc would put me over the moon. Thanks, Alice!!!!!
8/31/2013 9:09 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Diane ... Hi! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a fabulous comment. :) Of course you could do any crochet stitch seamlessly like this. Use the concept in this tutorial and then fiddle around with where you're connecting the edges and see what looks best to you. Experiment!
9/14/2013 5:25 PM

Thanks so much for this perfect tutorial! I've been struggling with getting a jogless stripe and this is *invisible*!
4/18/2014 8:48 PM
 
futuregirl replied ...
Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman ... Woohoo! Happy to have helped you out. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
4/19/2014 8:41 PM

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