In my previous pattern and tutorial of the Sunburst Granny Square Blanket , I have done some web searches to find out ways to join granny squares. There are so many methods and styles and I am glad to be able to find one to use for my blanket. Though I ended up using Flat Slip Stitch Method for my blanket, I would like to wrap-up my findings on ways to join granny squares which could be of interest to you. So here you go, 12 ways to join granny squares. Out of the 12 ways, 8 of them are basic join methods and 4 are fancy methods.
And she squaress right! By doing a classic granny 3dc group stitch to join Piecing together granny squares granny squares give you near to joint-less seam, simply crochet the set of 3dc and a chain to the left and right squares to seam. When you reach the end of the joined row, make one double stitch crochet in the final open corner. Hope that helps! The 2 front loops will be farthest away from each other so on the outside of the grany.
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I love granny squares because they make it so easy to play with exciting colors.
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- There are so many methods for joining crochet squares.
- I love granny squares because they make it so easy to play with exciting colors.
- In my previous pattern and tutorial of the Sunburst Granny Square Blanket , I have done some web searches to find out ways to join granny squares.
- Did you know that joining crochet granny squares can be just as creative as crocheting them in the first place?
I love granny squares because they make it so easy to play with exciting colors. Often, my squares end up with different colored borders, so how do I choose a shade to seam them?
This super easy technique creates a durable seam that disappears into your crocheting. Ready to get started?
Gather your granny squares and follow the steps below! Step 1: Gather your materials: finished granny squares, a blunt needle, and your seaming yarn I used a contrasting yarn for demonstration, but you may want to use matching yarn. Lay your granny squares side to side with the front side facing up.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the opposite side. Continue this process on each stitch, alternating between sides. Remember to weave in your ends and enjoy your new granny square project. I had always wondered how one went about piecing granny squares together. Thanks for this awesome blog post! Now could you please do a post on how to weave the ends in on granny squares so they stay put?
That would be another great tip to share!!! Hi, Diane. I like to crochet over my ends as I come to them, which should just leave you with a single end to weave in. If you make that tail long enough, you can use it for your seaming. Hope that helps! I love this tutorial! I do find however, that just crocheting over the ends will not keep them firmly anchored. The way I do it is to make sure that as you weave in the ends you change directions with the yarn. Hi, Cadence. The main thing you want to consider here is stability in your seam.
Thanks so much! Like Wendy, I too avoid granny squares because of the seaming, but I recently started squares for a blanket for my greatgranddaughter due in about a month. This was helpful. Is there a way to weave in the loose ends when changing colors when making the squares themselves?
Oh what a genius! I never thought of trying something like that, Taryn! Thanks for sharing! Wendy H. The seam is completely reversible. Susan asked the question I wanted to know. Hi, Mary. Thank you very much for that help.
I love the easy to follow instructions, and close up shots. Even I, can do it now. Very pleased. Still, this is why I stay away from granny squares.
Love to do them and have one I completed last Fall, but not put together! I would rather find a way to do an continuious seaming. I just tried this and the seam really does seem to disappear both front and back! I needed to see this post yesterday morning before I put together a granny square blanket. The blanket is still cute but this would have made me so much happier. Thanks for the instructions. I have a Granny Square afghan that my mother made. Now I can put this together and enjoy her fine stitching.
Thanks again!!! I mostly join mine in long rows. Thank you for the tutorial, a mystery is solved now. Greetings from Hungary, Europe. After you sew all the squares together how do you get the blanket to stay together? My first blanket was a granny square and I crocheted the squares together, while they stayed together a few of the individual squares came apart.
I make sure to leave a long tail to weave in. The edges do occasionally pop out, but I just tuck them back in or snip a little bit. Because the ends are so long, a tiny snip every now and then is okay. Never realized until now why I have so many granny squares and no blankets. I never liked the way my first granny project looked when it was complete. This will finish lots of projects for all of the new babies due in this year.
Instructions are easy and perfect. You did a great job. Thanks for doing this tutorial. Glad to see it finally on the web. About many skeins of each color of this Martha Stewart Roving Wool would I need for an average sized afghan? Thanks for posting this. Hi, Janet. It really helps to see the photos in this post. But they look great together.
Maybe your next post could be on color combinations. I have 3 afghans to finish I have triplets and have been dragging along not wanting to piece them together. This glue would be fantastic! Great suggestions! Hmm, after you have several rows of granny squares, do you have an suggestions for sewing the rows together? I usually have problems with the chain at the corners of each square. I love the way it […]. Hi Shirley, you can use the same seaming technique as with the granny squares just by lining up the hexagons with each other on each of their 6 sides.
Alternately, you can try some of the seaming techniques mentioned by other commenters above. Hi Susan, you can go to LionBrand. Did you just sew through the top loops or the whole stitch? Great tutorial! Not dreading sewing all my squares together as much now.
I felt that they would have this awful ridge on the backside and I even know how to do this method you recomend…duh! Thank you so much for jogging my memory…. It works! You can be sure I will be using this method in the future. I too like to crochet over the ends as I go. It Works!!! When I sew or crochet granny squares together, I work in a zig-zag diagonally across the squares.
This puts all the seam ends at the outside of the finished afghan where they can be worked over while adding an edging.
Much less apt to come apart in the middle of the afghan. Super easy to follow tutorial, thank you! Never again will I allow the intimidation of joining hinder me from making squares projects again!
This joining method will probably take me a lot longer than crocheting the pieces together would, […]. However, because sewing is not my favorite part and since I was so […]. The actual diagram for the blanket, along with the square count can be found HERE. After crocheting all squares, I blocked them using a device my handy husband made for me…a block of wood with pins at measured distances. Stack the squares on and hold over a steamer for a minute or so.
It makes SUCH a difference in the quality and shape of the square. It just evens it out.
I am at the point of putting them together. The join looks even, flat and works great for my purpose. I used this method in my Sunburst Granny Square Blanket. You can attach more squares to your original two squares using this same method around the other edges. But just in case, I had a question for ya. Updated: March 28,
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Show less Crocheted granny squares can be attached to each other by crochet techniques or sewing techniques. There are a variety of options you can use, but here are a few simple yet elegant ones to start with. To create this article, 9 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time.
Categories: Crochet Stitches. Learn why people trust wikiHow. Learn more Method 1. Match up the squares. Place two granny squares together, one on top of the other, with the ride sides facing together.
Slipknot the yarn onto your crochet hook. Make a slip knot by creating two loops side by side. Push one loop through the other and pull, forming a single loop. This becomes an adjustable knot.
After making this slipknot on one end of the yarn, let the loop be bigger than the tip of your hook. Place your crochet hook into the loop, then pull gently on the long end, till the loop is gently snug around the hook.
Place the squares face to face. Doing so lets you see the edges side by side. Note that the 'back loop' of the square closest to you truly looks like the 'back loop' of that square; but the 'back loop' of the next square is actually the very next loop, the one touching the loop you are getting ready to use by following the instructions right now. Insert the hook through the back loop of both squares on the upper right side.
With your hook, grab the yarn from the other side of the back loops and pull the yarn through to form a second loop on the same side as the yarn you are using to join the squares. TIP: Use a contrasting color to practice with. This will let you see clearly where you are placing each stitch. Some people like to use a contrasting color the entire time.
This creates a nice pattern. Note that the first loop on your joining yarn, at this point, is the loop you created with your slipknot. This loop now sits over the crochet hook. Use the hook to pull the second loop through the first loop, this is called a 'slip-stitch'. This will create the first slip-stitch of your process of joining. You will be forming one slip-stitch for each back loop.
Do not crochet too tightly. Slip-stitches need to be worked a bit loosely as they do not stretch much. As a result, worked tightly, they can make your project 'bunch up' or not be very flexible. Add more squares and rows as needed. You can attach more squares to your original two squares using this same method around the other edges.
Expand the blanket, scarf, or other project outward by adding one square at a time. This will keep the yarn secure. Method 2. The second square should be on top, and the back sides of both squares should be facing each other. Note that if you have a layout or pattern in mind, you should arrange it before you crochet your rows together. Stack the first row together. The last square in that row should go on the bottom and the first should go on top.
Smaller stacks are easier to work with. This method will create a flexible, decorative seam between the squares. Knot the yarn onto your crochet hook.
Make a slipknot on one end of the yarn and squeeze your crochet hook into the loop created by the knot. Push one loop through the other and gently pull them in opposite directions, forming a single loop with an easy-to-adjust knot. Chain stitch three times in the corner of the top square. Make a slipknot over the open corner of your top granny square.
Chain stitch three times off this corner. Double crochet three times in the corner of the bottom square. Connect the bottom square to the top square by making three double stitches double crochets in the open corner of the bottom square.
You might need to change the way you hold the two squares together as you stitch them together. If you have trouble stitching them together with one on top of the other, turn the two squares on the side so that the shared edges are facing up toward you.
The "top" square will now be on your right and the "bottom" will be on the left. Double crochet in the next space of the top square, followed by the next space of the bottom. Continue across the shared sides of the two squares using this technique. Alternate back and forth, making sets of three double-stitches in each open space along the edges of both squares. Make one double crochet in the corner of the back square. When you reach the end of the joined row, make one double stitch crochet in the final open corner.
Bind or knot it off to finish the joint. Repeat with any remaining squares for the row. Follow the same same procedure to stitch together all the squares in each row. Also repeat the procedure for each stack or row of granny squares.
Lay rows next to each other. Work with two rows at a time. Place the rows together with the backs facing each other. The principle for joining the rows together is essentially the same principle used for joining individual squares.
Double crochet rows together. Follow the same pattern you used when joining the individual squares. Make three chain stitches in the corner of the front row, followed by three double stitches in the corner of the back row.
Make sets of three double-stitches, alternating back and forth between the open spaces of the two rows until you reach the end. The join between two squares should be treated as any other open space, and you should make three double stitches there, too. Make one granny row around the finished piece.
Once all the squares and rows have been joined together, make sets of three double-stitches all around the perimeter of the piece to finish it and even out the edges. Method 3. Match up the granny squares.
Place two granny squares on top of each other with the right sides facing together. This method is quick and easy, and as long as you keep the stitches fairly loose, it makes the seam very flexible and soft. Thread your needle. Thread a large darning needle with yarn. Insert one end of the yarn through the eye of the needle and pull enough of it through to prevent the needle from becoming un-threaded during the joining process.
You do not need to knot the yarn, but you may do so if you have difficulty keeping the yarn on the needle. Knot the short end of the yarn to the opposite side of the yarn, just past the portion which passes through the eye of the needle. Start at the upper right corner. Pull the thread through the the back loop in both the top and bottom squares.
Do not pull the yarn all the way through since there is no knot on the end of the yarn to hold it in place. Leave enough yarn at the end after pulling the rest through to either knot or use in attaching another square, depending on whether this square is on the end of a row or in the middle, respectively. Weave the yarn through each back loop on one side. Bring the needle over the edge of both squares and into the next back loop of the top square.
Push it through the loops of both the top and back squares once more. Repeat this with the next set of back loops. You are essentially sewing the squares together using a whip stitch, or a type of stitch that stitches over the edge of the material rather than before the edge. Continue sewing this top edge of the two squares together to connect them together.
Add more squares as needed. After the two squares have been joined together, you can use the same technique to join squares to the other sides of the same two squares. Expand your squares out in whichever direction you need to in order to add rows in both directions. Knot the yarn to the back edge of the final square once you have finished stitching them together. Method 4.