Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Slip Stitch Joining Stitch

Slip Stitch Joining Stitch

This stitch is great for adding a decorative border on pillows, blanket and outfits. I use it for hemming crocheted fabric and pillows. 

To complete a slip stitch joining stitch you would line your two piece up face to face - so the two matching sides face each other and starting from the right you would add a slip stitch to each stitch.

In this photo you can see that the piece on the bottom shows the chain stitches around the border, the one on the top does not. This means that the two sides with chain stitches showing are facing each other. 

To start your row you must pick in which stitch to begin. common methods are to add a row about 1/2inch in to allow some trim to show. Or you can slip stitch into the chain stitches at the edge of the piece or your can slip stitch in only the front of back rows. I would experiment for each new piece you made to see which you like more. 

Once you have selected where you will start you will insert your hook and draw up a look of yarn. [If you are starting a new color is helps to hold the loose end tightly against your piece with your thumb to prevent any slipping.]

With one loop on the hook, insert your hook in the next chain and pull through a loop.

And pull that loop through the loop on the hook, this completes your slip stitch.

Continue adding a slip stitch for each stitch across until you reach the end. 

Your finished piece will look like the example to the left, where the two pieces will be connected by a single row. Similar to a book spin. You can then chose to turn the corner and do another side of the piece or stop there and finish off the thread.

Here is what the inside looks like. this is great for pillows, purses are a good idea and some hemming work.

I'm looking for more ideas for the use of this stitch, if you have any, post a comment at:
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