Invisible Fasten Off


The invisible fasten off is one of my favourite techniques when it comes to finishing my crochet pieces. It eliminates any unsightly knots, bumps or ugly stitches and can really elevate a project.

In this post I’ll show you how to apply the invisible fasten off to pieces worked in both a spiral and in joined rounds.


INVISIBLE FASTEN OFF WHEN WORKING IN A SPIRAL

Most amigurumi pieces are worked in a continuous spiral but this leaves you with a jagged edge when it comes time to fasten off. Here’s how I like to fasten off my pieces for a smoother and more even finish.

Finish the round as instructed by your pattern and slip stitch into the next stitch. Cut the yarn and pull it through that last stitch (make sure to leave a long tail if you need it for sewing later). Thread the tail onto a yarn needle. Skip the first stitch directly after the slip stitch and insert the needle from front to back under both loops of the next stitch. Pull the yarn through.

Next insert the needle from front to back through the back loop of the slip stitch and the back loop of the stitch underneath it (that the slip stitch is worked into). Pull the yarn through. You’ve essentially created a false stitch, tighten it by pulling on the yarn tail until it mimics the size of your other stitches.

You can use this method on both flat pieces and open pieces that will be attached to another piece. As you can see it gives a really neat finish and will make things a lot easier when it comes time to sew everything together.


INVISIBLE FASTEN OFF IN THE ROUND

The above method also works for joined rounds but without the slip stitch.

Finish the round as instructed by your pattern but do not join. Cut the yarn and pull it through that last stitch (make sure to leave a long tail if you need it for sewing later). Thread the tail onto a yarn needle. Skip the starting chain and insert the needle from front to back under both loops of the first stitch. Pull the yarn through.

Next insert the needle from front to back through the back loop of the last stitch of the round. Pull the yarn through. You’ve essentially created a false stitch, tighten it by pulling on the yarn tail until it mimics the size of your other stitches.

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