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Beginning Crochet: Part 5

Fasten Off-
At the end of your last row or round, cut the yarn from the ball leaving a 4 inch long tail. Yarn over and draw the tail through the loop on the hook. Tighten.

Weaving in the Yarn- Most often, the yarn tails will be woven into the piece at the end of a project. Thread a yarn needle (with a larger eye) with the yarn tail. With the wrong side of the piece showing (the inside for example), weave the needle inside the loops of several stitches. Clip any remaining yarn closely to the piece. Here is a video demonstrating the concept (with a beautiful scarf):


Seaming- Often, longer yarn tails are used to seam two edges of a crochet piece together.

Whipstitch seams are very popular, because they create a flat seam perfect for joining bulky items. To do a whipstitch seam, you lay the pieces down with right sides showing. Thread yarn through needle and insert needle from front to back through back loops of first stitch of one piece and from back to front through corresponding stitch in the other piece. Continue along the stitches in this way, starting with the same piece each time. When seamed together, fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

Slip stitch seam is a tighter seam worked with the crochet hook, instead of the needle, and is often used for things like shoulder seams. The two crocheted sides are held together with right sides facing in. Attach the yarn to the edge of the joined pieces (if not already attached by beginning tail). Insert crochet hook into pair of edge stitches, YO and pull loop through both stitches and the loop on the hook. Repeat along the edge until all edge stitches are joined. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

Single crochet seam is like slip stitch seam, but the edges are worked with single crochet for more flexibility. Unlike slip stitch seam, this edge shows, so you begin with the wrong sides together. You attach yarn to joined edge, insert hook through pair of edge stitches, YO and pull yarn through both stitches. YO again and draw yarn through both loops on hook. Repeat for all edge stitch pairs. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.

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