A Chain Seam Tutorial

In the Summer 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet, you'll find a pattern for the Coogee Bay dress by Jenny King. During the photo shoot, we called this dress The Magic Dress, because it transformed itself on each of the five models we put it on

The dress is made up of pineapple motifs that are joined as you go to form the front and back. These main pieces are then seamed along the side using a chain seam, which is a very useful seam for lacy garments.

Jenny King says: "I personally love this seaming technique for all lacy garments because like most crocheters we love to have a hook in our hand, don't like seaming and love the job to be done fast. This seam is also immediate to undo if the garment need alterations. Just one pull and it is all ripped out" Here, Jenny explains how to crochet a chain seam. 

With right sides facing work 1 single crochet through both thicknesses (that is, both front and back), Then *chain 5, skip 3/4" , work 1 single crochet through both thicknesses. Repeat from * for the whole side seam. 
At the corners, work the single crochet through both thicknesses of the chain-7 corner loop, ch 5. 
Work 1 single crochet through both thicknesses of the middle treble stitch of the 7-treble shell, ch 5, work 1 single crochet through both thicknesses of the next chain-5 loop. Continue, chaining 5 between each sc.

Repeat for the other side.

This is the seam as it appears on the right side of the garment. I've used contrasting thread so you can see it. When it's done with matching thread, you cannot see it.


The chain seam is a great seaming method for all sorts of lacy garments. Try it with all you favorite openwork summer garments!

Happy crocheting!

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