The Whip Stitch technique is primarily used to join the two other pieces of crocheted items or fabric. It makes a smoother seam which isn't visible from the fabric's right side. It is also known as Blanket Stitch. Thus, it is quite useful to prepare quilts and Afghans.
Uses of Whip Stitch
Whip Stitch is useful for purposes like closing pillow, cushion sides, appliqué making, hemming carpet sides and preparing jeans garment. It comes into use for leather lacing to make leather accessories and garments such as belts, jackets and purses. This method is also useful to attach the amigurumi pets close together to get a clear seam. This is also used in bookbinding.
How To Whip Stitch Crochet
Join two fabrics with whip stitch by following the below mentioned step by step directions.
For joining the two pieces of the fabric, tie a little knot on the thread end to avoid it from running on the fabric. Put the needlepoint inside the upper layer of fabric between two pieces barring a border of 1/8 inches. It will ensure that the knot is present between two fabrics to avoid visibility from both sides.
Put a needle through this dual fabric layers and just pull it upwards at the similar spot. It allows the usable thread to be neatly wrapped on the edges of fabric in a single stitch. Pull it gently to let the stitch hold both the ends very tight. However, prevent pulling it tightly.
Insert a needle again though the hole as into the last step for the upcoming stitch to cover the starting one. Angle this needle for the stitch to come almost 1/8 inches compared to the last one. Leave a space of 1/8 inch between the fabric's edge and stitch. Pull it gently and tightly to have the upcoming stitch and thread coming from the fabric which is also next to the lastone.
Poke the needle up in both these fabrics beneath the spot wherever the thread emerged during last stitch. Angle a needle to ensure this thread is 1/8 inches far from the old stitch. Tightly pull this stitch parallel to last stitch besides creating an angle.
Continue in this way and insert this needle via fabrics to create parallel stitches. After reaching the ultimate end of fabrics, begin with a fresh thread. Just bring the ultimate stitch straight upwards and not angled to a side. Insert this needle through base portion of the similar stitch once. Go through the bottom layer of fabric to keep the thread between the layers. Try the opposite of whatever you did in the beginning of this stitch and fasten off your thread to keep the knot lying between two fabrics.
To create a knot on the thread end, pull both these fabrics apart to a certain extent. It allows you to view how these stitches are looking from back. Insert this needle through backside of the old stitch. Pulling the thread tight, create a solid knot which holds the seam firmly together.
Cutting the additional thread means the whip stitch gets completed. In case the thread falls very short, just knot this off prior to reaching the fabric end which is joined. Take a fresh thread and start off from first step. Bringing the needle via loops on the fabric's edge is done in terms of the whip stitch crochet. To achieve a proper finishing, get the needle into the loops placed in side by side manner.