How to create a neat join – crochet in the round

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I specialise in seamless design which in crochet often means joining in the round and then turning your work.

Its important to get a really neat “seam” or join when you do this and to keep your stitch count even without having to count every row. Today’s tutorial will show you my top tips for doing so. Use this technique to join sleeves, sweaters, cowls and more.

I’m going to demonstrate with trebles (US double crochet) as these look the worst if you get it wrong.

Step 1: Slip stitch into the first stitch rather than into the top of the chain to join your work and turn it. (Note, in this method the 3 chains do not count as a stitch.)

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Step 2: Work 3 chains then work your first stitch immediately next to it, into the sl st.

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Step 3: Work the rest of the round. Work the final stitch of the round into the last free stitch being careful not to work into the stitch that has been slip stitched into.

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And repeat as necessary, ending with step 1.

Easy. (I hope)

(Yarn used:  Malabrigo Worsted in Tuareg. Hook used: 5mm Clover Amour.)

I’d love to know how you get on with this or if you have your won preferred method.


  1. says

    Great tutorial with really clear pictures- thanks! I think I do it the same way only I always accidentally crochet into the slip stitch made at the beginning of the round…..resulting in distorting the shape of whatever I’m working on.

  2. says

    Nice tutorial, I’ll be referring to this next time I want a seamless join. I still consider myself a fairly new crocheter (18 months) so tips like this are perfect :)

    • notsogranny says

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  3. says

    it appears that I have been doing it right – yet I didn’t really know why. I just always found it easier to slip stitch into the first stitch rather than the chain and the fact it looked right was a bonus! many thanks for you hard work!

  4. says

    First, what a gorgeous new header and look!

    Messy joins have always been a sore point with me – I tend to use the invisible join a lot, even though it means weaving in more ends. And I’ve just discovered a really exciting way to join and start rounds on projects worked RS facing, when working spirally is not a good option. This new (at least to me) technique is great for colourwork, as it makes perfect colour changes and allows you to carry the unused colours behind the work. I’ll post a tutorial when time permits.

    I like your method for joining turned rounds – I’d probably use 2 ch instead of 3 but of course that’s just personal preference! Thanks for the tute. :)