I first found out about the invisible join while researching crochet mandalas. Up Until today I had been joining rounds of crochet with a slip stitch. This is a pretty standard way to finish a round of crochet. I tested out the invisible join technique and the results were pretty impressive! The technique requires an extra minute of effort. If you’re into tiny details or you’re into making a little change to improve the overall ‘craftsmanship’ of your crochet, I’d say it’s worth giving a try.
You can see a clear difference between a traditional slip stitch join on the left and the invisible join on the right.
What is an invisible join?
The technique makes an ‘invisible’ join by creating two loops of yarn that resemble a crochet stitch. The final result is a seamless looking finish without a lumpy slip stitch. I broke down the technique into a few steps to follow along with:
Invisible Join Phototutorial
1.When you get to the last stitch of the round, cut your yarn and pull it all the way through the last stitch.
2. Attach your tapestry needle to the tail of your yarn. Insert the needle through both loops of the first stitch of the row. Pull the yarn through gently.
3. Insert the needle in the back loop only of the last stitch of the row. Pull through gently.
Do you see how this looks like the top of a loose crochet stitch? You can adjust the tension of these loops by gently pulling on the yarn. You want them to blend in with the rest of the stitches.
4. Turn your work over, Insert the needle into the loop beneath the back loop that you just went through. Pull your yarn right through this stitch.
Weave in the yarn tail and your row is seamlessly joined!
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