How to Needle-Join a Round of Crochet

How to Needle Join in Crochet
by Suzann Thompson

This tutorial is written using U. S. crochet terminology.

Every circle in this photo is made with one round of half-double crochet. Can you tell where the round begins? Can you tell where it ends? If you have an eagle eye for detail, you probably can. But thanks to the needle-join, most casual observers will see a lovely edge, uninterrupted by the unfortunate bump of a slip stitch join.

Needle-joining is simple technique. It’s sometimes called an invisible join, and for good reason. Here’s how to do it:

How to Needle Join in Crochet

When you finish a round of crochet, do not join with a slip stitch. Instead, as soon as you are finished with the last stitch of the round, cut the yarn and use your hook to pull the final loop up and out of the last stitch, as in the photo above.

When I say “a round of crochet,” I’m including these little circles, afghan motifs worked in the round, a slip-stitch outline around a motif, a flower motif, or a cowl—any round of crochet you would normally join with a slip stitch.

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Thread the cut yarn end into a tapestry needle. In the case of hdc and taller stitches, insert the needle from front to back under the chain top of the second stitch of the round. (The first stitch will be a chain equivalent, so skip over that to the second stitch.)

How to Needle Join in Crochet

If the round begins with sc, insert needle under the chain top of the second sc.

If the round begins with sl st, like the brown border of the Kiwi pattern from Cute Crochet World, skim the needle under the first sl st without catching the crochet underneath.

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Take the needle back into the top of the final stitch of the round, angling it toward the back of the piece.

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Turn the piece to the wrong side.

If the last st was a hdc or htr the two loops just under the top of the stitch. In the photo above, looking at the wrong side of the piece, you can see the needle going under the top loop and the next two loops. Gently pull the thread through.

If the last st was a sc, dc, or tr round, the needle should catch the top loop plus the very next loop on the wrong side. Gently pull the thread through.

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Turn the piece back to the right side. Adjust the loop you just made to match the size of the other chain tops of the round.

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Weave in the end. I like to weave the thread end continuing in the direction of the crochet round. Finished!


Another Example

Here’s a slightly different situation where needle-join gives a great finish. This is the retro-flower “Circles within Circles” from Crochet Bouquet:

How to Needle Join in Crochet

How to Needle Join in Crochet

How to Needle Join in Crochet

Read the entire “Circles within Circles” tutorial here.

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