Lately I have been doing a lot of crocheting in the round, and have been exploring techniques to make the pieces look their best. I wanted the join of the end to the beginning of the round to be seamless. The regular method of fastening off leaves an unsightly bump.
|(Example illustrating the bump resulting from a regular fasten off)|
After searching and experimenting, I began using the method that I call "the invisible fasten off".
Since I have been using it in several of my patterns lately, namely "Piper's Chain Scarf" and "Genevieve's Belt" from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010, I thought it might be helpful to offer a tutorial here.
Step 1: Complete the last stitch in the round.
Step 2: Cut the yarn, leaving a 3" tail. Insert hook into the BACK LOOP ONLY of the first stitch in the round, yo, and pull all the way through as if to fasten off in the usual way.
Step 4: Insert hook into the FRONT LOOP ONLY of the last stitch in the round, yo and pull down through.
Step 5: Weave in the tail end, and admire your invisible fasten off!