It’s the final step to finishing your project, and yet it’s one of the steps that can scare so many away from a project: seaming your crochet. But it doesn’t have to be hard. I’m here to help.
Here are a 3 tips to make seaming your crochet easier along with a couple easy projects to get you started.
Tip #1 Blocking.
You have all heard me preach the practice of blocking your crochet, and now, even more so, it is important to do this step before you begin seaming. Blocking will help your crocheted fabric relax and even out. This in turn will make lining up pieces for a garment or blanket so much easier. No more tugging, seaming and pulling out because you got to the end and the pieces didn’t line up!
Save yourself the headache and block ahead of time. Bonus: This will also give your hands a little rest while you wait for the crochet to dry.
Tip #2 Work on a flat surface.
I have a terrible habit of trying to do everything I can while sitting on my couch. I have seamed pieces sitting hunched over on the couch. But the truth is, it took me twice as long and left me with a crick in my neck. Lay your pieces out on a flat surface, like a kitchen table, where you can spread out a bit and sit comfortably.
Tip #3 Get matchy-matchy.
Sometimes the yarn we use to crochet our piece isn’t ideal for seaming. Maybe it’s a too textured, or perhaps it breaks too easily. For a professional-looking piece, it’s important to find a yarn for seaming that will not only be sturdy and flexible but will also match whatever it is you’re working on.
The seaming strand in crochet can often be seen on the finished pieced. If you’re working on a garment, then this may not be the most attractive look. I’m not saying you necessarily have to buy an entire new skein of yarn, but check with a friend or browse your stash for something sturdy and of a similar color.
Photo via Craftsy member JoeDArcCrochet
The Rhett Crochet Tank Top pattern is a fun summer top to practice your seaming skills. It is uniquely constructed by crocheting from side to side, creating a vertical rib that is very flattering. When worked in sport weight yarn, it would be the perfect piece to transition you from summer into fall.
Photo via Craftsy instructor Linda Permann
Linda Permann’s Beyond Rectangles Baby Cardigan is a great way to get started learning to seam your crochet. Clean lines and a simple structure make this a classic baby sweater. Even if you don’t have a baby to crochet for, baby sweaters are small and work up quickly making them a great way to practice new skills.
Still need a little more guidance to build your seaming confidence? Consider taking Linda’s Craftsy class Crochet: Beyond Rectangles, where she will take you even further into seaming crochet with up-close, step-by-step instruction (plus, the baby sweater pattern is included when you sign up for the class).