Crochet Invisible Join Tutorial

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.

slip stitch join

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.

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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.crochet invisible join 5


Weave in the yarn tail and your row is seamlessly joined!



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10 Replies to “Crochet Invisible Join Tutorial”

  1. I love this technique. It was one of those revolutionary discoveries – a small think that makes a huge difference like the magic loop and foundation chain! Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m excited to use this technique when I’m changing colors in my next mandala project. I get a little obsessed with small tweaks you can make to improve crochet. I need to explore foundation chains next!

      1. I totally agree – it all help! I made a little tutorial on YouTube for foundation chains if you want a start – there’s a link on my blog post ‘the importance of a good foundation” – I’m an addict!!

  2. Just seen this as a link from the invisible decrease tutorial. I don’t want to be picky but I discovered this for myself and think you need to loop through the next loop along to give the same number of loops as stitches. Just my opinion.

    1. Thank you for the tip! Do you know of any photo/video tutorials that show the specific technique that you use?

      After sharing that tutorial I was pointed to a handful of new ways to do an invisible join that I never would have thought of. Eventually, I want to update this post to showcase the different methods crocheters have come up with.

      I’d love to try out your method and share it in the future!

  3. Oh I see what you did there! I think the final result of your technique looks even more uniform than the one in this tutorial. I’m bookmarking that post for my next flat crochet project! I’ll let you know how this technique works out for me. Thanks again for the advice!

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