Previously I demonstrated the Mattress Stitch, which is a great way to create an invisible seam when sewing two pieces of crochet (or knitting) together. Another option for seaming your yarn items is the Whip Stitch. This method isn't invisible, but it is fast as can be, and can add a decorative touch to the right project! Here's how it's done.
Whip Stitch Seaming Video Tutorial
Whip Stitch Seaming Photo Tutorial
You can use the Whip Stitch to sew together both crochet and knit pieces - or even sew crochet and knit together! When possible you want to match the stitches one-for-one, as shown in this tutorial. When sewing the ends of rows together, you'll need to eyeball the spaces and strive for consistency. If the edges you're seaming together are long, be sure to use clips or stitch markers to hold the edges together so you can keep your work even.
You can Whip Stitch over any number of stitches, and the only tool you need is a yarn or tapestry needle with an eye large enough for your yarn. This tutorial was filmed and photographed using Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo.
Hold the pieces to be seamed together, either WS together or RS together, depending on what the pattern calls for.
With the sewing yarn in the needle, insert the needle under both loops of the first stitch of both pieces to be seamed.
Pull the yarn on through, then insert the needle under both loops of the second stitch of each piece.
Pull the yarn on through, and move on to the third set of stitches in the same manner.
Continue to stitch through each set of stitches, going the same direction with the needle every time - whipping right through the stitches!
Ta-dah! When you get to the end, secure your yarn as you normally would.
And here's how it looks when the pieces are laid flat!
And that's all there is to Whip Stitch Seaming - for both crochet and knitting! Placing your needle so that the stitches are even is important, but once you get going with this stitch you'll see just how fast it is! I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial - let me know what tutorials you'd like to see on Moogly, and share your thoughts on Whip Stitch Seaming in the comments!