Seaming Crochet Afghans

Oct 8, 2012

With snow in the forecast, I am pulling out my winter crochet projects-you know, the ones that cover your lap and keep you toasty warm when the temperatures drop. My favorite fall and winter patterns are crochet afghans. I love to crochet them and then cuddle under them while I crochet my latest project on a chilly evening. 

Crochet Motif Afghan
Moorish Mosaic Afghan
by Lisa Naskrent


Currently I am working on a Moorish Mosaic Afghan for my living room. Crocheting this afghan is an exciting adventure. The motifs are easy and worked individually, making them perfect for traveling or visiting. My favorite part is that each motif is worked in a different combination of colors so that, even though each is worked in the same pattern, it is exciting to watch each motif develop. 

Crochet afghan
Painted Turtle Afghan
by Edie Eckman
I have two rows of motifs finished and, in order to keep them in their proper order, I have started seaming them together. When you are sewing afghan motifs together, there are several seaming options.

A single crochet or slip stitch crochet seam is very sturdy but will be very visible. The Painted Turtle Afghan uses the visibility of this seam to its advantage, working it in orange and using it as a design element. Whipstitch, another very visible seam, is another great sewing technique to use not only to seam together motifs but also as a design component.

I wanted a seam that would be almost invisible. I decided to use the mattress stitch seam. This seam can be hidden, even when using a contrasting seaming yarn color.

Seaming a crochet afghan 1

To work the mattress stitch, insert the needle under the back loop of the edge stitch of the motif closest to the needle.

Because my stitches were loose, I also inserted the needle under the horizontal loop just below the back loop. This, along with the nature of the cotton yarn used, made my seam slightly more visible on the wrong side of the afghan, but created a tighter, more stable seam.

  Next insert the hook under the back loop of the corresponding stitch of the motif far motif. Pull the stitch tight to create a firm seam. 


  Repeat the last two steps across the length of the motif. I periodically turned the motifs so the right side to check the seam-and to admire the progress of the afghan.

Curl up under your own crochet afghan this year. Download the perfect afghan pattern in the Crochet Me Shop today.

Best wishes,

P.S. What is your favorite crochet afghan style?

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pateiwah wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 3:09 PM

am I the only one having trouble printing on this site?

I am losing the far right side of all pages.

and it doesn't seem to matter portrait or landscape.

any help would be appreciated.

britspit wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 4:31 PM

Not a huge fan of motifs. I like round afghans. Just finished Doris Chan's Guadalupe Wrap in lion brand fisherman's wool. Wonderful for chilly mornings and evenings.

Char55 wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 5:50 PM

I prefer afghans where the seaming can be part of the design element like the "Painted Turtle Aghan" you showed above. Gives you a chance to use a "pop" of color.

on Oct 8, 2012 7:09 PM

My favorite crochet afghan style is making afghans all of a piece or join as you go afghan motifs. I do not like seaming or sewing as I can never get the motifs to join together perfectly no matter how hard I try.

on Oct 8, 2012 7:10 PM

My favorite afghan style is all of a piece or join as you go. I do not like sewing or seaming individual motifs as I can never get them to join correctly no matter how hard I try.

MarenM@2 wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 11:24 PM

Your afghan is beautiful, Toni! Though I've never made a full-size afghan, and even the baby ones I've made have been one piece, I've always liked the Moorish Afghan pattern. Do your pictures show all the colors you're using?

cmacfarlane wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 7:41 AM

I, too, would like to be able to print, especially this wonderful piece of advice for seeming.  The first time I made a granny square afghan, I swore never again. as I didn't like joining all the squares.  Eight years later I did do a second one, but started joining the squares sooner, which helped a lot!  I'd simply like to be able to save this particular piece of advice on my iPad, so I could access it in the futue should I ever need to.

lebleuange wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 9:45 AM

Where can I  get the Moorish Mosaic Afghan pattern? I've look all over the site and I find everything but how to buy it o download it.... Can you please help with this??

I appreciate your time and help....

Char55 wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 11:00 AM

Pattern for sale on this link:

happy4u74 wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 1:31 PM

I am having a lot of trouble with the hyper links to view projects and download the patterns.

SableFlat wrote
on Oct 10, 2012 11:27 AM

I usually end up using a slip stitch or sc (through back loops) to join motifs. The advantage is that you don't have to know ahead of time how much yarn you'll need for a long row, AND you don't have as many ends to weave in (and it takes me forever to thread the needle with yarn).

The disadvantage is that it "shows" more than the blanket stitch and you have a ridge on the reverse side.  I would love to know a trick for using a tapestry needle and yarn -- getting the correct length of yarn, and how to avoid shoulder and arm strain when working on long rows.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Oct 10, 2012 3:44 PM

Hi all, I am working to figure out the best way to print these blogs. I tried printing and also had some of the wording cut off.

MarenM@2, the pictures don't show all of the colors that I am using. This afghan is pretty addictive. I'm about half way done. I'll show more pictures soon.

You can find the pattern in "The Best of Interweave Crochet" and in the "Interweave Crochet Fall 2009" issue as well.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Oct 10, 2012 4:08 PM

I think I have the printing issue fixed. It is working for me now. Please let me know if it still won't print correctly for you.