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How to Crochet a Straight Seam In the Round

December 27, 2019

Before we start this blog post, I want to make sure you’ve seen our other blog on “How to Crochet in Rounds“. This blog is a building block from this tutorial and will give you a better understanding of the baseline we are starting from.

It’s important to know how to create a straight seam in the round because if you don’t do it, then your seam will be noticeable in your hats, amigurumi, etc.

Seam 1: Pictured above is a seam that is a bit “wonky”. This is a seam we don’t really want in our projects because it makes the seam visible and what appears to be off-centered. The reason this happens is because a pattern designer may ask for you create an increase stitch in the first stitch of the round, instead of the last stitch.
Seam 2: Pictured above is a seam that is considered “invisible” and “straight”. This is a seam we do want in our projects because it goes unnoticed and makes your project look cleaner.

3 Techniques that I do are:

  1. I will always start my rounds by stitching in the same stitch as the joining slip stitch from the previous row.
  2. I make sure that I have good tension when joining my rounds to avoid any gaps that may occur.
  3. I do not start my rounds with an increase stitch.

In the “Seam 1” that is pictured above, the pattern would look as follows:
Start with the Magic Ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, DC 10. (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, *(2 DC) in the first stitch. Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (20)
Round 3: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 1). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (30)
Round 4: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 2). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (40).
Round 5: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 3). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (50)

Notice how the beginning of the round starts with an increase by using 2 DCs.

In the “Seam 2” that is pictured above, the pattern would look as follows:
Start with the Magic Ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, DC 10. (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, *(2 DC) in the first stitch. Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (20)
Round 3: Ch 2, *(DC 1, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (30)
Round 4: Ch 2, *(DC 2, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (40).
Round 5: Ch 2, *(DC 3, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (50)

Notice how the stitches are reversed and the the increases are done after doing single DC stitches.

Hopefully, this gave you a better understanding of how to get a straight seam in the round!

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  • Reply How to Crochet in Rounds | CroChic Styles December 27, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    […] a seam that becomes off centered and more visible. To avoid, this, reference our blog on “How to Create a Straight Seam” for the flat circle […]

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