Seamless finishing when working in the round

Today, I am lucky enough to be part of an amazing, hilarious, raunchy, outrageous group of women who get together and craft every Wednesday night. The Oak Street Hookers take turns bringing a treat, some of us bring a drink (or two), and we teach each other everything we know. It’s the highlight of my week, and keeps me sane!

But for the ten years before that, I did all my crocheting and knitting alone – barring the five minute crash course that started it all. I am self taught, and I struggled through books and “how to knit for kids” videos from the library for years.

btw, this was the scratchiest washcloth ever

The first thing I ever knit!

Then youtube and Ravelry came along and taught me a few more tricks.So to add to the wealth of knowledge out there, one of my fellow hookers and I made a video and uploaded it to youtube. It was very spur of the moment, and completely unrehearsed, but I think it makes it pretty clear.

Feel free to make fun of my Midwestern accent (I clearly learned to say “yarn” while living near Chicago!), and tell me what other videos you’d like to see! What do you want to learn about crochet?

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    Marisa says

    What do you do for the next round? Do you crochet into the “stitch” created by making it seamless? Or is it skipped like a slip stitch would be?

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    MyssT says

    Before I listen…I just want you to know I want to hear this “Midwestern” accent that I get accused of all the time…we don’t have an accent!! LOL!!!

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    MyssT says

    LOL!! Told ya…you don’t have an accent!! I love the way you sound! Thanks for the video. I have a Resource/Technique page on Ravelry…I will be adding your video!!

    SassySean on Ravelry!

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    Learn2Crochet says

    “Midwestern accent & blame it on Chicago”. I had a chuckle too since I’m from the area…what could be the accent? You do not have an accent. You sound great. Great video too!

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    Liz says

    Thank you! That was a great explanation for how to finish. I’ve probably looked at 10 different tutorials on crocheting in the round and none of them told me how to finish. I thought I was trapped going around and around forever. You are my hero. :)

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    Priscilla says

    Thank you soooo much.
    I knit and crochet for charity.
    Would it work from round to round ?
    It seems that yarn will have to be cut and joined on every round.
    Not very practical. I am disappointed when I finish a hat and the join on every creates a virtual seam.

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      moogly says

      Yes it does work in rounds, but you have to remember that it’s creating an extra stitch visually do you’ll need to skip it on the next round. It does look good though!

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    My website is something new so enter at your own ?
    On the cowl you said to ea stitch around and I am not sure what you mean there. Beautiful red diamond cowl.


    • 18

      moogly says

      Hello Jan. and thank you! ea st = each stitch, meaning to work the stitch in each st of the round. I hope that clears it up!

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    Linda Brooks says

    Thanks for much for this great tip! Here’s my dumb question – after I finish the stitching on your video, then what? Do I cut the yarn or knot it or what for maximum security. Thanks!

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    Yvonne Pearsall says

    How come it doesn’t come undone, the seamless finish, I mean? Do you have a neat way of joining in the next colour? You are like me, I am Australian and I don’t have an accent, either! hehehe

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      moogly says

      After you’ve finished making the seamless finish you just weave in the end on the wrong side, like you normally would. The seamless finish is just to make the last row or edge look consistent. To join the next color I just join with a sl st! :)

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    Nancy Wisseman says

    Just found this.. another thing I will be adding to my next project to make it neater.
    Thanks for all the sharing you do!

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    I’ve self taught myself as well, thanks to awesome vids like this one!
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! This tidbit is genius, and SO easy ^__^

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    loshakova says

    Thanks for posting this! I’m just coming back to crochet after a couple-year break, and couldn’t remember how I solved this problem before. I just finished crocheting a border on something tonight. Perfect! :)

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    cookiecsv says

    THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! It is rare for me to find directions that are clear and work well for a lefty without having to make adjustments. Super Easy!

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    KatalakKat says

    I found your background story very familiar to my own as my grandmother gave me a 15 minute lesson on how to crochet when I was 19. A year later I had taught myself to read basic patterns and have continued to enjoy the craft of crochet. 34 years later I find myself still constantly learning and trying new things especially since I have 6 grandsons to create for.
    A year ago a close friend of mine gifted me with a beautiful store bought cowl with all the earth tone colors that I dearly love. In surfing the net I came across your free pattern for the diamond crochet cowl and fell in love with it. I have now worked up 4 of them as gifts and the requests keep coming. *hoping one day to actually build one for myself b4 the cold weather arrives lol* Thank you so much for sharing your patterns and keep up the amazing designs as I now have you listed in my fav list!!

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you so much KatalakKat! And thank you for sharing your story – I love hearing about people’s experiences with crochet, and how it brings us all together! <3

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    Kris says

    This has been really helpful. I found nothing wrong with the way you said yarn, but then I also have lived in Wisconsin for my entire life.

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    Christeen says

    Just watched your seamless join video…. Just to see how you say “yarn”. Lol! I’m living in WI, originally from MI, so I would say you don’t have an accent at all!

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    Louise Adler says

    I am confused about the edging. Does one side have3 sc in esch stitch and only 1 in each stitch srounf the other 3 sides.

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    Lisa says

    Love how this looks. Really a nice way to finish a project. However, I hate trying to thread a yarn needle, or find a yarn needle when I need one. So I just use my hook to pull thru, then weave in to end. Works great! Thanks for sharing this.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      :) Thank you Lisa, and you’re welcome! I switched to the Susan Bates finishing needles recently – they are SO much easier to thread!


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