The Invisible Join or 'Needle Join'

I want to show you how to perfect your crochet with this simple and quick technique that gives perfect invisible results every time.

Despite it's name (as coined by serendipity) no needle is required and this is by far the best way of joining your work.  Don't be put off by thinking this is complicated as it's really very easy and once you've done it a few times it will become second nature and you will never  look back!

All terms are UK crochet so here's a conversion chart from simply crochet magazine that outlines all the stitches for UK and US.  Stitches are the same we just call them by different names.

To begin we have made a simple crochet circle by working 2dc (which counts as your first treble) and 11 treble into a magic loop.

To begin we have made a simple crochet circle by working 2dc (which counts as your first treble) and 11 treble into a magic loop.

Now normally at this point we join our circle with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 but not this time!

Cut your yarn and pull it all the way through.

Cut your yarn and pull it all the way through.

Place your hook through the first stitch from the back to the front

Place your hook through the first stitch from the back to the front

Yarn over and hook it through the stitch so that it is pulled from the front to the back

Yarn over and hook it through the stitch so that it is pulled from the front to the back

Like this....

Give it a gentle pull to pull your (half completed) stitch together.  

Give it a gentle pull to pull your (half completed) stitch together.  

Nearly there, just one last thing to do....

Next we are going to place our hook into the back loop only of the last treble stitch we made.

Next we are going to place our hook into the back loop only of the last treble stitch we made.

Like this.  From back to front.

Like this.  From back to front.

Yarn over

Yarn over

Pull the tail end yarn all the way through.

Pull the tail end yarn all the way through.

And there you have it.  A perfect crochet stitch ready to be worked into for the following round.

And there you have it.  A perfect crochet stitch ready to be worked into for the following round.

Let's Learn Moss Stitch

Let's learn Moss Stitch

This has to be one of the easiest crochet stitches and yet its beauty and texture is just divine.  If you can work a  double crochet stitch (single crochet in US terms) you are going to LOVE this!

By incorporating different yarns and playing with the pattern you can create some stunning effects.   But before we start going off piste, lets learn the basic Moss Stitch!

Moss stitch crochet tutorial

I am using uk terms and Sirdar DK Cotton for this tutorial  because it gives great definition for you to be able to see the stitches and follow the pattern.

You will need at least 2 different coloured yarns (or more - you can use as many colours as you like) 

 

 

Begin with chain 50.  Turn your work  Into the 4th chain from the hook work 1 double crochet

Begin with chain 50.  Turn your work

Into the 4th chain from the hook work 1 double crochet

We are practicing a new stitch so the size of your sample doesn't matter but the purposes of this tutorial I have started with a foundation chain of 50 stitches

Chain 1, skip a stitch from the foundation row below and into the next stitch work 1 double crochet

Chain 1, skip a stitch from the foundation row below and into the next stitch work 1 double crochet

 

 

 

Repeat to the end = 23 dc

Repeat to the end = 23 dc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join new colour and chain 2 before turning your work.

Join new colour and chain 2 before turning your work.

Into chain 1 space from row below work 1 dc, 

Into chain 1 space from row below work 1 dc, 

 

 

Continue to the end working chain 1 then 1 dc into next chain 1 space from row below.

Continue to the end working chain 1 then 1 dc into next chain 1 space from row below.

 

 

 

Into chain 1 space from row below work 1 dc, then chain 1 then 1 dc into next chain 1 space from row below.

Repeat to the end.

This is moss stitch at it's simplest

Once you have mastered the basics of moss stitch have a go at playing with it.

This moss stitch variation starts with a row of half trebles worked into a foundation chain using Noro yarn followed by a row of Rowan tweed working 1 double crochet, chain2, 1 double crochet ....repeat to the end of the row

This moss stitch variation starts with a row of half trebles worked into a foundation chain using Noro yarn followed by a row of Rowan tweed working 1 double crochet, chain2, 1 double crochet ....repeat to the end of the row

Into the chain 2 space from the row below work 2 half trebles.  Repeat all the way to the end

Into the chain 2 space from the row below work 2 half trebles.  Repeat all the way to the end

Chain 2 then 1 dc into next chain 1 space from row below. Repeat to the end of the row.

Chain 2 then 1 dc into next chain 1 space from row below. Repeat to the end of the row.