Seaming Crochet

Aug 22, 2011


It wasn't too long ago that you could find a stack of sweater pieces gathering dust in the corner of my craft room, waiting to be assembled. Seaming scared me. I know I am not the only crocheter who has feared the seam. 

But I wanted to wear the finished garment. So I faced the seaming demon, and it wasn't so bad. With each piece I have seamed since that first sweater, I've learned more about the different seaming techniques and the pros and cons of each.

One of my favorite seaming techniques is the slip-stitch seam. This seam is sturdy, making it ideal for shoulder seams or other areas that will take a lot of pressure. Try working loose slip stitches, as tight stitches will reduce seam flexibility. The Big Bow Cardigan, shown on the cover of The Best of Interweave Crochet below, and the Ocean Pearls Cardigan, below left, are good candidates for this seam. 

To work a slip-stitch seam, place the two pieces to be seamed together with the right sides facing. Insert the hook through both pieces at the beginning of the seam, yarn over and draw through both pieces and the loop on the hook. Working through both layers, slip-stitch across the remainder of the seam.

For crocheted lace, my go-to seam is the woven seam, shown above. Worked with a yarn or tapestry needle, the woven seam is worked with the right side of both pieces facing you and the edges to be seamed lined up row-to-row or stitch-to stitch. Insert the needle up through the right side of the stitch at the beginning of the seam on Piece A. Next insert the needle from the bottom of the stitch to the top of the first stitch at the beginning of the seam of Piece B. Then insert the hook up through the next stitch of piece A and then through the second stitch of piece A. Repeat this process until you have completed the seam. 

If you still want to avoid seams in your  crocheted garments, try Crocheted Cardiganthe Northern Dreams Pullover, Sera Lace Top (at right), or Lace Dress, which are worked from the top down and require no seaming. For more information on these seams, single crochet seams, backstitch seams, and more, as well as 23 of our best patterns, order The Best of Interweave Crochet today

Best wishes,

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clatter wrote
on Aug 22, 2011 7:08 AM

Thanks, that was well-timed as I'm seaming a Summer Petals Cardigan this morning! My biggest pet peeve about crochet patterns is that they always assume crocheters know how to sew. Instead of saying, "sew the whole sweater together" it would be SO nice if designers added, "sew the shoulder seams with a slip-stitch seam and the sides with a woven seam" or whatever. They would know which seam would work best for that particular garment given the stitch pattern, construction, seam placement, durability, etc. And it would save us crocheters a lot of time and guesswork when it comes time for assembly! I have definitely ruined the look of garments by choosing the wrong seam at the end of all things.

Hmmm, I seem to be procrastinating on that sewing…and now my cat has made a bed out of the pieces!!