How to Needle Join

Needle-joining gives a smooth finish to the final stitch of a project. For the small filler motifs used in crochet charm lace, the needle join produces a perfectly round motif with no jag at the join. This technique can be used for a smooth finish not only on motifs, but also on any garment; this is a particularly nice finish when a garment does not have an edging.

Step 1. After the last stitch of a round, cut the yarn and pull the last loop out the top of the stitch, paying attention to how it pulls through from the wrong side.

how to needle join

Step 2. Thread the end into the needle. Take the needle under the top loops of the first full stitch of the round and pull the yarn through.

how to needle join

Step 3. Insert the needle into the top of the last stitch, where the yarn end comes from, and bring it out toward the back.

how to needle join

Step 4. At the back, insert the needle under the back loops of the stitch (three loops in the case of this hdc and two loops for most other stitches).

how to needle join

Step 5. Pull the yarn through and adjust the loop to look like the other loops of the round. Weave in the end. The round looks as if it has no beginning or end.

how to needle join

—Suzann Thompson

Originally published in Interweave Crochet Spring 2015


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