Seaming Perpendicular Crochet Edges

Seaming is a critical finishing step that can dramatically change the look of your crochet projects. Seaming perpendicular crochet edges, where you have the side edge of one piece against the top or bottom edge of another piece, can be tricky! Here’s one way to do it neatly.

This seaming technique uses the pretty tops or bottoms of your stitches to hide the rough side edge. I used it on the Classic Cables Tote Bag, when joining the front and back panels to the bottom strip.

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Bag Along CAL

The bag shown in this video is the Classic Cables Tote Bag pattern. You can find the full written instructions for the bag in that pattern.

Classic Cables Tote bag

This is the fifth of 6 bag patterns in the 2022 Bag Along CAL. See the full schedule and learn how to join in the fun, in the main Bag Along CAL post.

To V or not to V

The tops of crochet stitches have pretty “V” shapes. With a little planning, the bottom of your crochet pieces can have those same V-shapes too! All you have to do is work into the back bump when you first work into your foundation chain.

How to Crochet into the Back Bump of a Chain

This technique of seaming perpendicular crochet edges uses those V shapes on the top or bottom edge of one piece to cover the rough side edge of the other piece.

If you’re seaming a bottom edge and you didn’t work into back bumps, you will have single loops along the edge instead of Vs. You can use this same seaming technique, working through those individual loops instead. It won’t have quite the same effect, but will still look tidy.

Featured in this Video – Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Worsted

WeCrochet provided the Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Worsted yarn for the Classic Cables Tote Bag design shown in the video. The blend of acrylic and superwash wool is strong and squishy, with a subtle sheen, and comes in a wide variety of colors.

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