Alternative Join Tutorial – Crocheting Into The 3rd Loop

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I love the braided look I get from working in the 3rd loop, but there is one thing that bugged me about it. When worked in the round and joining with a slip stitch at the end of the round, it makes a fairly obvious seam. (See figure 1)

Alternative Join Tutorial - crocheting into the 3rd loop
Figure 1
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So, after some experimenting, I came up with a joining method that looks better (in my opinion). Here’s how I do it. 

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– Work your hdc row as normal, but when the round is finished, do not ss to the first hdc like you normally would. 

– Take your hook out of your loop and turn your work around. 

– Insert your hook under the 3rd loop and the front loop of the stitch you want to join to. (See figure 2)

– Grab your loop and pull it through. (See figure 3)

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– Pull the end of your yarn so that the loop is snug. You don’t have to yank it too hard, but you do want it a little tighter than normal. 

– Work your next row as normal. (See figure 4)

Alternative Join Tutorial - crocheting into the 3rd loop
Figure 2
Alternative Join Tutorial - crocheting into the 3rd loop
Figure 3
Alternative Join Tutorial - crocheting into the 3rd loop
Figure 4

You might have to give the row a little tug to get it looking nice, but I think that this looks a lot better than the common joining method. Granted, that is only my opinion. You might like it better the other way. And that’s ok too!  😉

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If you liked this method, you can use it in my Bauble Slouch Hat pattern, or any other pattern that calls for working into the 3rd loop in the round.

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