Hey everyone! In today’s Crochet 101 lesson, I’m going to teach you how to whip stitch. This is a great way to sew your crochet pieces together while having your work still look neat. With this lesson, I have step-by-step instructions on how to whip stitch your work together. For this lesson, you will need worsted weight yarn in the same color as your project (I’m using Red Heart Super Saver), scissors, and a tapestry needle. Gather up your supplies and let’s begin!
For the purposes of this lesson, I will show you how to whip stitch using two pet mats. I’m also using a different color yarn so you can see what your work should look like. However, you will want to use the same color to sew your two pieces together. If you’re working on a different project, you will use the same concept as shown in this lesson. (Check out my Granny Square Blanket where the whip stitch concept is used).
To begin, you will need to cut a long length of yarn. The length of yarn will depend on your project. For this project, I cut approximately 24 inches. Thread your needle with this yarn.
Next, start at one corner of your project. You will want to line up your two pieces so they’re even. Thread your needle into the corner stitch of one piece and in the corner stitch of your second piece. Pull your yarn through, making sure you leave at least 6 inches for your tail.
To secure with a knot, insert your needle into the first piece and second piece again and form a knot. This will help your work from unraveling.
To begin whip stitching, you will start in the next stitch by inserting your needle into the bottom piece first and then the top piece. Be sure to get the stitches directly across from one another in both pieces to make sure you have everything even. Pull the yarn all the way through to tighten it a little.
Continue in this fashion all the way across, always starting with your bottom piece and then over to the top piece. After each stitch made, I like to pull the yarn to tighten the stitch a little. I find that it hides the stitch well and helps to keep your work flat. Here’s what your work should look like as you’ve made more progress:
Once you’ve reached the end, your final whip stitch should be in the corners. Remember to do this twice and form a knot in order to secure your work. Once you finish this, you can weave in your ends on both sides. Below is what your finished project should look like:
Here is what the back of the project looks like:
That’s how to whip stitch! This technique is a great way to sew up your pieces and make your project complete and neat looking. It’s a very simple process that you can pick up in no time! Again, be sure to check out my Granny Square Blanket where you can see what the whip stitch looks like on a completed project.
Stay tuned until next week’s lesson where I teach you how to read a pattern.
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