The backstitch is a common stitch in embroidery and hand sewing – but it can also be a great tool to use with crochet! Here’s how and why to backstitch!
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How to Backstitch (Right Handed)
How to Backstitch (Left Handed)
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The backstitch is the same no matter what you are stitching with – thread, embroidery floss, or yarn. If anything, it’s easier with crochet because you’ve got the stitches to guide you, rather than having to “eyeball it”!
So why use the backstitch with your crochet? It is another method for seaming two (or more) pieces of crocheted fabric together. You would want to use this method when you want the pieces to lie flat, one on top of the other. This is different from most garments, when you want the two edges of the fabric to meet – for that you’d want to explore the mattress stitch or whip stitch method.
For this reason, the backstitch also my favorite method for sewing on crochet appliques! You can backstitch all the way around the applique, and it creates a nice solid line, emphasizing the shape of the applique itself. And because it doubles back on itself, you know it’s nice and secure – and safe for young children!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about using the backstitch with crochet! Thanks so much for watching!