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How to: Seamless Crochet Stripes in the Round

I have a fun little technique for you to try. After making a few of these hats I hated how my color changes came out. I came up with what I think is a seamless striping technique and want to share it with you here.

 

I have written this tutorial specifically to go with The Perfect Stripes Newsboy pictured above but it can be applied to several striped hats (or anything worked in the round) with different stitches as well.
To purchase the pattern for The Perfect Stripes Newsboy click on the icon of your choice.

Now to the tutorial 🙂

Step 1: Work up to the first color change of the pattern. Join with a slip stitch. Try not to pull the slip stitch too tight (you’ll see why soon). Chain 1, fasten off and pull the tail through. It will look like this.


Step 2: Locate that slip stitch. Insert your hook into the slip stitch (as if it were a normal stitch) and add your new color with a slip knit to your hook

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Step 3: Pull up a loop of your new color and ch 1. This will NOT count as a stitch but when you are done it will look like a stitch.
Note: for this pattern I will be working single crochets however, you can do this for hdc, dc, tr…whatever you’d like. For hdc ch 1, for dc ch 2 and for tr ch 3. Remember the chains will NOT count as a stitch.

Step 4: Sc in the first stitch and continue around according to the pattern.

When you get to the next color change repeat steps 1-4.

This is what it looks like after I have completed three stripes. The seam is below where I have my end hanging out. Pretty good right?

Hope this was helpful!

Katy

10 thoughts on “How to: Seamless Crochet Stripes in the Round

  1. This is excellent, and just in time. I’ve been working on beanies with multiple color changes and the seam has been a real aggravation to me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! 🙂

  2. I love it! I will have to try it! What colors did you use in your striped pattern that is free!

    1. Thanks Jackie! Which pattern do you mean? The Bright Stripes Beanie? The grey is RHSS charcoal. For the boys the green is Vanna’s Choice lime and the girl’s is Vanna’s Choice magenta.

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  4. What do you do with your tails from all those color changes and cutting your yarn after each color change?

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I weave them in when I’m all done.
      -Katy

  5. Brilliant! My hat looks beautiful..thank you!!

    1. Yay!

  6. Just happened across this post and thank you for it! Very well-written and easy to understand. This makes my striped hats look much more ‘polished’. 🙂

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