Tunisian Crochet seams can often look botched and ugly.
Here’s how to make your Tunisian Crochet garments and accessories look seamless!
Start With Some Tunisian Crochet
In this case, I have made a lovely piece of Tunisian Simple Stitch which I’m going to seam along the first and last rows.
Keep the last row you made closest to you, with the Right Side facing outwards.
Setting Up the Seam
The first thing we’re going to do, is add a little slip stitch to the two corners of our seam. This will ensure the edge of our work is smooth.
- Find the V on the edge of your FIRST row and add a slip stitch to it.
2. Insert finger between sides to help control your work.
Now, we can get to the real seaming business:
This seam is made by “zipping” one side of your fabric to the other.
We will be pulling each bar/line on the LAST row through each bar/line on the First row, and securing it there with a UK dc / US sc.
- Locate the nearest line/bar on the FIRST row
2. Insert hook into it
3. Locate the nearest line/bar on the LAST row
4. Insert hook into it
5. Secure LAST row loop with hook and…
6. Draw LAST row loop through FIRST row loop
First ‘zip’ complete
Time for a little traditional crochet!
* This seam won’t hold without a little help, so we’re going to add a UK dc / US sc st onto the loop left on the hook.
Let’s do it!
1. Yarn Over.
2. Draw Yarn Over through one loop
3. Yarn Over again.
4. Draw Yarn Over through both loops
Repeat the “zip and secure” sequence for each pair of bars/lines on your seam until you get to the end.
It will look like this at this stage.
The inside of a completed (Almost) Invisible Seam.
There’s just one final thing to do; slip stitch into the two corners to smooth out the edge.
1. Insert hook into both corners.
2. Yarn Over.
3. Draw Yarn Over through everything else on hook.
Bind off. Weave in ends. You know the drill.
Then, when you flip your fabric the right way out, you notice your seam is (almost) invisible, nice and strong and flexible!
A completed (Almost) Invisible Seam
SIDE NOTE: You may ask, “Hey, Aoibhe, why not use a slip stitch throughout the seam? Surely that’d take less time, use less yarn and sit flush with the fabric, right?”
And I’d say, yes, it would. Technically.
But also, slip stitches have zero stretch and zero chill.
Tunisian fabric has a lovely level of 4-way stretch, and if you add a non-stretchy seam to one part, it’s bound to cause shaping, comfort and blocking issues.
So, while a double crochet is, indeed, a little bigger, uses a little more yarn and takes more time to do, it’s still a better choice over all.