Changing colour & bringing in new yarn To knot or not to knot?’ Personally I don’t like knots, they produce weak areas, can unravel and have the most annoying habit of moving to the front & spoiling your beautiful work that has taken you hours to create – the following are a few examples to help you eliminate the need to use them….

1) Simple Russian join: is best used with chunky yarns when adding a new ball as the old one runs out – however, I have used this method in freeform when adding a completely new yarn/colour, allowing the colour change to happen where it will… it’s a great method for eliminating those pesky tail ends that require weaving in later


2) Russian join: is ideal when joining even finest yarns & again, a very useful method in freeform when adding a completely new yarn/colour, allowing the colour change to happen where it will… & another way of eliminating those pesky tail ends that require weaving in later


3) joining yarn with a ss (slip stitch): insert hook into stitch or space indicated by pattern, place slip knot onto hook & carefully draw through, make 1 ch & continue as pattern instruction


4) joining yarn with a dc (US sc): start with the slip knot on hook, insert hook into stitch or space indicated by pattern & draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), YO & draw through both loops on hook (this counts as the first dc (US sc)) then continue as pattern instruction


5) The following are the colour/yarn changes I use most frequently: mainly because they are quick & neat & can be applied at the beginning, middle or end of a row/round

a) place new yarn along the top of your work and crochet a few stitches over it before the old yarn runs out; then pick up the new yarn & crochet over the old.

b) when 2 loops of last stitch remain on hook, drop old colour & just bring in new colour by drawing through the 2 loops & finishing off the stitch crochet over tail end as you go, eliminating the need to weave them in later. This method is applicable to all stitches


Joining Fabric pieces, Squares & Motifs – the following are some of the most common methods I find useful in both my traditional & freeform work….

1) Whip Stitch: is possibly the easiest & most popular method for joining your crochet fabric, squares & motifs &, depending on the effect you are after, can be worked on the wrong or right side – worked in back loops only (see diagram) or in both loops for a thicker finish  – for a less visible seams work with the same yarn as fabric or make a feature of your seam by using a contrasting yarn – be sure to secure your ends well as this method has a tendency to unravel in time


2) Mattress Stitch (Ladder St): gives a totally invisible seam & is always worked with right side facing preferably with the same yarn as fabric or one that tones in – after joining yarn slide the needle through two loops of one piece then through two loops of the other  – repeat this a couple of times & draw together firmly – then gently & manually ease the stitches back with your fingers – continue until the join is complete. I use this method for joining my Freeform patches to create my Freeform fabrics


3) Chain Stitch No 1: is a decorative method for joining crochet fabric, squares & motifs & most popular in crochet lace work – I also like to incorporate it into my Freeform work – after joining yarn to first piece, make a number of chains then ss (slip stitch) or dc (US sc) to the next piece leaving one stitch unused between joins


4) Chain Stitch No 2: is another decorative & easy use of chains for joining your crochet fabric, squares & motifs


I prefer the following 2 joining methods for joining squares because, not only do they produce a decorative, raised seam but they are strong & reliably don’t unravel

5) ss (slip stitch) join: after joining yarn, work in back loops only (see diagram) or in both loops for a thicker finish


6) dc (US sc) join: after joining yarn, work in back loops only or in both loops (see diagram) for a thicker finish



28 Responses to Joining:Yarn~Fabric~Squares~Motifs

  1. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you, Ms Ann Bell… so happy to know the instructions are helpful 🙂

  2. Ms Ann Bell says:

    Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow. Thanks for the time and effort you have put into devising your method and for sharing

  3. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you, patternprincess1.. you’re most welcome to link this info on your site… I’m always happy to help 🙂

  4. This has been most helpful. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. You have put a lot of effort into this. Would you mind if I created a link on my site to yours? I could never explain this better than you have and I would love to get you more visitors.

  5. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you, Mona…enjoy!! 🙂

  6. mona says:

    thank you for sharing. I like to try new things and this is surely something I didn’t see before… grtz

  7. rensfibreart says:

    Thank you Vivi…. 🙂

  8. Vivi says:

    Este tutorial esta rebueno para coser cuadraditos y hacer terminaciones! 😊

  9. rensfibreart says:

    Wonderful, Annette… I’m glad it’s been helpful 🙂

  10. Annette says:

    Im New to Crochet And Can I thank you For this please?… Its wonderful for me to follow…I will use to “sew up” my squares …

  11. rensfibreart says:

    You’re very welcome, Una… 🙂

  12. Una says:

    Thanks for this diagrams it was a great help!!!

  13. rensfibreart says:

    You;re welcome, Carmen… enjoy 🙂

  14. Carmen says:

    Muy interesante.

  15. rensfibreart says:

    You’re very welcomed, Ceresa… enjoy 🙂

  16. Ceresa says:

    Thank you so much for the detailed directions and diagrams! I’ve been looking for this. I love the idea of freeform crochet and plan to try it with my scraps.

  17. Mimi says:

    Of course, one can use a dc [USA sc] stitch in the inside edge only, right sides together … this makes a nice neat join, with the rs join looking very neat and tidy and the ws join has a neat ridge.

  18. rensfibreart says:

    You’re most welcome, Dora… glad it’s been helpful 🙂

  19. Dora Sofia says:

    very good your explanation. i will use some of these join techniques, for sure. Thank you!

  20. rensfibreart says:

    You’re most welcome, Martha – glad I could help

  21. Martha Lyle says:

    Thanks! I really appreciate your response and explanation of the advantages or disadvantages of each method. I’ll try several ways of joining!

  22. rensfibreart says:

    I usually use either slip stitch or dc (US sc) stitch for stitch when join squares – I prefer to work in the back loops of each square only (the middle centre stitches) this will make your join less balky – IMO if you also chain between each stitch it may result in a slightly ruffled look (but you might like that so give it a try) – again, also IMO, working every other stitch with a chain in between may weaken your join & it could also work out that your corner joins (where your squares meet) is a skipped stitch & this too may weaken your joins… my best advice is to have a trial run to see what works & looks the best for you… hope that helps

  23. Martha Lyle says:

    I had looked everywhere until I found this page! Thank You! I want to do the Chain Stitch #1 to join knit squares. If I do only ch 1, sc1 (US), would I need to skip every other stitch on the square edge, or just sc into the next stitch? Thanks for any help!

  24. rensfibreart says:

    Thanks, Gail. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know

  25. Gail says:

    Again first rate instructions. You make it so very clear.
    Blessings Gail

  26. michelle says:

    thankyou for the great information and diagrams. I’m just starting to try out some “freeform” crochet and knitting, and it is a bit intimidating, but this should help, m

  27. Carol says:

    Thank you for showing these. I have only used the whip stitch and the slip stitch join. I am excited to try a different one on my next project, I suppose it depends on the project and effect. Really, very handy. thanks again.

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