Crochet Construction without Seaming

Apr 7, 2014

You can always count on Lily Chin to teach you an amazing new trick. Minutes into her newest video workshop, Join As You Go Crochet: No-Sew Techniques for Garments, Trims, Colorwork & More with Lily Chin, and I am already pausing, rewinding, and reaching for my crochet hook and yarn.

I have joined lacy motifs as I crocheted them, but Lily's instructions for joining solid crochet fabric as you go is simple and genius. This technique eliminates the sometimes bulky seams that few people enjoy creating and allow you to easily work colowork pieces that imitate crochet intarsia.

Here is my first trial of Lily's technique. It was so easy!

  Join your new yarn in the first foundation chain of the piece you are working into. Chain the desired number of foundation chains for the new section plus the turning chain.
  Single crochet in each foundation chain to the last chain. This last stitch is where you will join your new piece to the finished section.
  Insert you hook in the last foundation chain and pull up a loop. Leaving that loop on your hook, inset your hook in the first row end and pull up a loop. Yarn over and draw through all three loops on the hook.
  Repeat this join at the end of each row to continue joining the new piece to your finished section.

Lily illustrates a variety of ways to use this joining method. She describes how to join pieces that are worked in different yarn weights or different gauges. You can join pieces using single crochet, double crochet, Tunisian crochet, and many more stitches. Seamless joining allows you to create different colorwork designs without bobbins or intarsia. And best of all, you can crochet garments and accessories with no seaming!

Order your copy of Join As You Go Crochet: No-Sew Techniques for Garments, Trims, Colorwork & More with Lily Chin and start crocheting seamlessly today.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you enjoy seaming or would you prefer to crochet seamlessly?

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Char55 wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 8:52 AM

This is the method that is used to join crochet ribbing to a sweater or to add a border to either side of a center square in an afghan. Have been using it for years.

Embassygirl wrote
on Apr 7, 2014 3:06 PM

I really dislike seaming, so this technique intrigues me.  I'll be ordering the DVD and probably wearing it out.  I like granny squares and other motifs, but sewing them together is a royal pain.  Thank you, Lily Chin!  

greydogsma wrote
on Jul 21, 2014 7:39 PM

Unsightly joining of granny squares is the primary reason I never really wanted to make a Granny Afghan. I am really intrigued by Lily Chin's seamless joining method and hope to give it a try in the near future.

I'm wondering..... does Lily Chin consider this method an advanced crochet technique, or is it something a confident beginner might be able to accomplish? MUST TRY THIS!!!