Monday, June 10, 2013

Invisible seam when increasing half double crochet in the round- How to!

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Invisible seam when increasing half double crochet in the round
Invisible seam 

How to crochet a nice flat circle, without seams

When working half double crochet stitches, typically you start each round with chain 2 that will be counted as the first half double crochet of the round and you end the round with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 2.
That produces a visible, ugly seam that i don't like at all!

So, i tried to obtain a nicer joining; you can say it is an (almost) invisible joining!

After trying various methods, i came up with this one, that so far i like the best !

 I replaced the ch2 at the beginning of the rounds with a chain 1 loosely, that will be counted as a half double crochet! How loosely, you will ask?! You just have to try it out, how it looks the best.

The second stitch will be made in the same stitch as the beginning ch1. 

The last stitch of each round will be 
practically made  in the joining of the previous round, that normally it is not a stitch!!!! 
Mark the joining, so you'll know that you will work in it next round .

The joining at the end of the round will be made in the top of the first hdc, not in the top of the beginning ch1!!

Count your stitches at the end of each round! 

Let's see how it works! 
In the example bellow i am working on the crown of a hat pattern!

Begin with a magic ring!


Magic ring
Magic ring

Round 1: Ch1 loosely, 11 hdc in the ring. Join with sl st in the first hdc. Pull yarn tail to close the ring. (12 stitches total)

Chain1 loosely

Chain 1 loosely. 11 hdc in the ring

First round complete

Round 2: Ch1 loosely, hdc in same stitch, 2hdc in each of the next 11 stitches. sl st in the first hdc. 
(24 stitches total)


Round 2 without the slip stitch
Slip stitch in the top of first hdc. Round 2 complete.


Mark your joining!

Round 3: Ch1 loosely, 1hdc in same stitch, 1hdc in the next hdc, (2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in next hdc)*11 times, ending with a sl st in the first hdc. (36 stitches total)
Round 3 completed. 
Round 4: Ch1 loose, 1hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 hdc, (2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of the next 2hdc)*11 times, sl st in the first hdc. (48 stitches total)
Round 4 completed
Round 5: Ch1 loosely, 1hdc in same stitch, 1 hdc in each of the next 3hdc, (2hdc in next hdc, 1hdc in each of the next 3hdc)*11 times, sl st in the first hdc. (60 stitches total)
Round 5 completed
For more rounds with increases work the same way;  round 6, you'll have an increase after every 4th. stitch; round 7 increase after every 5th. stitch and so on!



It looks pretty  good to me! :)
I use this technique to make the crown of my crochet hats.
What do you think? What is your way to make an invisible seam?

To make an invisible joining when increasing double crochet stitches in the round, i work in the same way: start the rounds with ch2, ending the rounds with slst into the top of first dc of the round.



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