Un-seam-ly Progress

Don't you hate when life gets in the way of your knitting/crocheting? This pesky business of "making a living" and "feeding yourself" and "doing laundry" are really take a bite out of my leisure time. Don't even get me started on friends and family! Anyway, without a lot to show you progress-wise with my hexagon blanket, I thought I'd make like you're reading a boring book and skip to the end! Seaming!

I usually claim to loathe any part of knitting or crocheting that isn't knitting or crocheting. Finishing was not my forte. I say "was", because I'm learning to love the fine art of finishing. Poor finishing can really destroy all of the hard work you put into a project. A couple of people left comments about what a nightmare this blanket could be to put together. For whatever reason... I'm not concerned. I think I'm going to seam-as-I-go, which means, despite having but a few hexagons completed, I need to decide how to put this thing together!

Seaming Option #1: Whip Stitch

I'm calling this "whip stitch", though it might have a different name I'm not aware of - any ideas, folks? It's pretty much a no-brainer:

Thread a needle with whatever colour yarn you like. Insert your needle under the double-v at the side edge of your right piece and then through the double-v at the side of left.

WhipStitchSeam1
Work from side to side, joining one stitch at a time.
WhipStitchSeam2
I worked with the right sides facing, though I'm not sure it matters, as the result looks pretty much the same on both sides of the work. Here's the front:
WhipStitchSeamFront1
And the back:
WhipStitchSeamBack
I used red yarn so y'all could see what I was doing, but obviously the results would be less conspicuous if you chose a matching yarn.

Seaming Option #1: Slip Stitch Crochet

This is a technique I picked up somewhere on these crazy internets though can't recall where. I think it appeals to those who loathe sewing and love crochet, as there is no needle involved.

With right sides together, hold your pieces together like a sandwich - let's pretend it's grilled cheese!

CrochetSeam1

Notice that you're looking at two lines of "V's". Think of the outside stitch of the top (grey) 'V', and the outside stitch of the bottom (white)'V' as the bread. This makes the inside stitches - the ones that are touching - the cheese! This technique is all about the bread.

Insert your hook in the bottom slice of bread:
CrochetSeam2
Then in the top slice of bread:
CrochetSeam3
Now with some working yarn, yarn over your hook and pull it through the whole sandwich:
CrochetSeam4
Now move to the next stitch in the, er, slice:
CrochetSeam5
CrochetSeam6

Allright, so I'm losing the grilled cheese analogy here, but hopefully you understand what I mean! You're essentially creating a slip stitch through both thickness, but only through the outside stitches. By skipping the inside stitches you leave space for the two edges of crochet to meet up really squarely. It's almost invisible from the front:

CrochetSeamFront

And leaves a neat row of stitches in the back:

CrochetSeamBack

So am I gonna whip it, or make grilled cheese? As much as I love the neat appearance of the slip-stitch technique, I don't think I want my blanket to have such an obvious right and wrong side. I also find the slip-stitch seam a little more time consuming (though I'm sure I'd get quicker with practice). I think the good old-fashioned whip stitch is going to put this puppy together. I hope I can make like Devo and Whip it good!

-juliaknits

Comments

I can't wait to see the finished project. The colors are fabulous!! I think the whip stitch is the way to go too!

Love the blanket! I just have a little tip for you about seaming your pieces together. Although I haven't worked hexagons, I've made several crochet afghans in the past and my favorite technique to seam them is to do what you call "whip stitch". I don't know the name of it either (wah-wah). Through trial and error, I found that if you work the pieces with the right sides facing you on both pieces, you will end up with a ridge on the front side and a "cavern" on the wrong side. It's just my personal taste but when you stitch together several pieces, the ridges become much more noticeable. If you flush the sides of one right side facing hexagon and one wrong side facing hexagon, the ridge is eliminated completely. Good luck with your blanket!

i love the mattress stitch but i don't think that would work here. can't wait to see how this turns out. it should be a fun blanket!

Love that Slip Stitch seam. So neat and so much better than "sewing" with yarn -- yarn was never ment to be sewn with -- constantly pulling the whole strand thru the fabric weakens it. When possible I like to join with a (nearly) matching color in a liter weight -- less bulk. thanks for this info.

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