Tutorial: The Invisible Join and Fasten Off

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The “Invisible Join,” or “Invisible Fasten Off,” is by far my favorite little crochet trick. It looks just like a stitch, so it’s virtually impossible to tell where the final join and fasten off was made.
Can you tell where the join is in this photo?

Here’s how to do it:

  • After the last stitch of the round is completed, do not join; instead, cut the yarn and pull the tail all the way through the stitch (a).
  • Next, thread the tail through a tapestry needle and insert the needle under the loops of the first stitch of the round (b). Pull yarn through gently.
  • Then, insert your needle into the center of the last stitch of the round  (c).  Pull yarn through gently and weave in ends as usual.  
That’s it! So easy. Your fasten off just looks like a stitch.  
Just one thing to note … this join will give you the effect of an “extra stitch”, so if you need your stitch count to be exact, try joining in the second stitch of the round instead of the first. This will ensure your stitch count remains the same.
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14 Responses to Tutorial: The Invisible Join and Fasten Off

  1. Mrs. C August 21, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Yeah! Thanks for the great tip! I will try it today! :)

  2. Versierseltjes August 21, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    It looks great! I will try it on my current project right away.

  3. Ana BC (Lanas Hilos) August 21, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    LOVE this tip!!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Charlotte August 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I am going to try this! New follower.

  5. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear August 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Great tip!!

  6. Gramma Rita August 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Love this tip! I’ve been crocheting for 38 yrs. and this is new to me. :D

  7. Kadie August 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    That’s awesome!! I’m totally going to use it on my next project! Thanks for sharing it.:)

  8. Anonymous August 22, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Has anyone tried this and then used or washed the item over a little time? Does the invisible join hold securely? It seems like it wouldn’t hold as well as other methods of fastening off.

    • Kara @ Petals to Picots August 22, 2012 at 12:43 am #

      I have washed my items and the join holds securely. You still need to weave in your ends as you would with a traditional join. How securely ends are woven is the key point for any join. Hope that helps :)

  9. Mami Made It August 22, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Pradeepa August 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    That’s a very neat join.

  11. priscilla August 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Thanks ! Great tip !

  12. ErikaV August 26, 2012 at 3:07 am #

    Love this tip! Certainly useful and I’ll be using it in the coming months :)

  13. Sara McFall August 27, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    Great tip, Kara! And another great pictures with beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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