Have you ever wanted to invisibly join two pieces of crochet, end to end? Do you want to add length to the beginning of a project? You can! Grafting crochet ends together creates a perfectly invisible seam. Learn how in this tutorial!
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End to end
In this tutorial we’re specifically looking at grafting starting and ending crochet edges together. We’ll seamlessly join the top row of the piece we are currently crocheting, and the bottom of a row of a second piece.
It is also possible to graft side edges together seamlessly, but that’s for a separate tutorial!
When grafting crochet is useful
Have you ever made a sweater or sleeve from the bottom up, and then wanted to add more stitches to the bottom? Just crochet a separate piece and graft it on.
What if you want to work a tube, but without working in the round? Grafting the top and bottom edges of a rectangle together makes a seamless tube, with the stitches going around the circle instead of perpendicular to it.
Textured Stripes Pillow
I used this technique in my Textured Stripes Pillow pattern. It allowed me to join the ends of a rectangle together to make a tube, so that the pillow has no visible top or bottom seams.
For the side seams, I used the nearly invisible mattress stitch. Check out my mattress stitch for crochet side edges tutorial for more information.
Join as you go
This is a “join as you go” type of seam, in the sense that we are going to be crocheting the last row and joining the second piece at the same time. As we crochet each stitch on one piece, we’ll join it to the bottom of the stitch on the other piece. For a truly seamless join, check the direction of the work before you start.
If you’ve been turning your work (in rows or turned rounds) for the rest of the project, you’re going to want it to look like you turned your work at the seam as well. On the piece that you’re working into the bottom edge of, make sure the wrong side is facing you.
You’ll have the right side of the row you’re working on, followed by the wrong side of the row you joined into, just like if you had crocheted it. If you are working in rounds and not turning your work, then make sure the right side of that row faces you instead.
Grafting the crochet pieces together
Most crochet stitches have a V shape on the top. The loop that is already on your hook before you start your stitch becomes that V. On the next row, you work into the V of the stitch below – the bottom legs of your stitch wrap around that V.
To graft crochet ends together, we need to get that V from the stitch we are making through the bottom legs of the stitch that will be above it. So before starting a stitch, first pull the loop currently on your hook through the bottom legs of the corresponding stitch on the second piece.
Now that you have connected the stitch from the second piece, crochet whatever stitch you need on the first piece. Continue doing the same thing across until you have joined all the stitches.
This will leave you with the starting chain still visible on the back. Carefully pull out each chain, making sure the stitch that was worked into it is now properly connected to the stitch below it. When you reach the end, simply weave in the tail.
Grafting Crochet End to End video tutorial
Beyond Basic Stitches
In this video I have shown only basic stitches (sc and dc being grafted onto an hdc row). Grafting is possible with other types of stitches as well. The general idea is to look at what part of the stitch should be passing through the legs of the stitch above it, and make sure to pull that part through.
For example, let’s look at a shell. Several stitches on the row above connect to one stitch on the row below.
To graft this, pull your working loop through the legs of ALL the stitches that should be connected.
Stitches worked into chain spaces are a bit trickier. They connect into the space below the chain, not into the V of the chain itself. To accomplish this, you need to cut the working yarn, making sure you leave enough to finish your row. Then pull both the working loop and the working yarn all the way through the legs of the stitch above.
With enough practice, you’ll soon be able to graft any type of stitch to any type of stitch! It’s all about reading your work to see where and how they should connect.
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