Granny Joining Method
– Free Crochet Pattern
This Granny Joining Method is the way that I have joined all 30 afghan blocks
in the Crochet A Block Afghan 2017 Crochet Along!
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Basic stitches, simple shaping and finishing.
Yarn: Weight – DK (11 wpi) 3 : Light
Color – 1 colors – I used only 1 color (A – aran) for my joining
NOTE: Due to my original joining not working out the way I had initially intended – I had to rework and recalculate. The original amount of yarn IF you had followed the colors on the main page were 12 balls of 100 gr each ( 3 in each color) – for this specific joining and IF you want to use only one color you will require and extra 100 gr ball.
Due to the way my squares worked out – I still had nearly 1 full 100 gr ball of Aran left – but it was quickly depleted on nearly reaching the half way mark of the joining.
Hook: 4.00 mm
Tension/Gauge is not necessary for this project to be perfect
I use US Crochet stitch terminology
CH – chain
SL ST – slip stitch
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
THIS JOINING METHOD IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL!
IMPORTANT: PLEASE read all the instructions ALL the way thru BEFORE starting – just that you can familiarize yourself with the instructions and the way that I have explained them!
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I started working backwards from Square 30 to Square 1 – the reason for this is because of my blocking stack. You can place you squares in any order! Sequence 6 x 5 square rows.
The arrows in each numbered squares show the direction of how I joined the squares.
The first 5 squares(30 – 26)are ONLY joined to each other on one side;
the starting on the 2nd row; only the FIRST square (25) is joined on one side;
then the next squares (24-21) are joined on 2 sides.
REMEMBER – YOU ARE WORKING LIKE A SNAKE DOWNWARDS!
COLORS: A – aran
NOTE: You will START EACH SQUARE with a complete Round 1, BUT Round 2 will be adjusted and completed as per instructions and diagram
Join color A into the FIRST SC at the START of ANY side (NOT the 3 corner SC) with a SC
RND 1: [CH 4; SKIP 3 SC; work 1 SC into NEXT 2 SC; ] x 6;
CH 4; work 1 SC into NEXT SC;
(7 x 4 CH spaces)
*CH 4; SKIP CORNER 3 SC; work 1 SC into NEXT SC;
[CH 4; SKIP 3 SC; work 1 SC into NEXT 2 SC; ] x 6;
CH 4; work 1 SC into NEXT SC.
Repeat from 2 more times.
CH 4; SKIP CORNER 3 SC; SL ST INTO FIRST SC WORKED.
NOTE: you will only do a complete Round 2 for the very FIRST square!
RND 2: SL ST into first 4 CH space; CH 3 (counts as 1 DC); work 2 DC into SAME space; CH 1;
work [3 DC into next 4 CH space; CH 1] x 6;
work [ 3 DC; 2 CH; 3 DC] into 4 CH corner space; CH 1
*work [3 DC into next 4 CH space; CH 1] x 7;
work [ 3 DC; 2 CH; 3 DC] into 4 CH corner space; CH 1.
Repeat from * 2 more times; SL ST into 3rd CH of 3 CH.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
HOW TO JOIN THE 2ND SQUARE:
Complete RND 1 and complete RND 2 BUT STOP before
completing the LAST SIDE as shown in photo below BEFORE DOING THE CORNER.
Work 3 DC into the corner – now we are going to JOIN the 2nd square to the 1st square
You stop at completing ONLY half a corner!
CH 2; INSERT your hook into the 2 CH corner of the FIRST square – pay attention to
where your yarn is – make sure it is on the left like in the photo below
work a SL ST into the 2 CH corner
Work 3 DC into the CORNER of your 2nd square (you are now completing your corner);
CH 1; INSERT your hook into the FIRST 1 CH SPACE of Square 1;
*Work a SL ST; work 3 DC into NEXT 4 CH SPACE OF Square 2;
CH 1; insert hook into next 1 CH space of Square 1.
Repeat from * 6 more times.
Work 3 DC into corner 4 CH SPACE OF Square 2;
INSERT your hook into the 2 CH corner of the FIRST square; CH 2;
work 3 DC into corner space of Square 2; CH 1;
SL ST into 3rd of 3 CH. Fasten off and weave in ends.
NOTE: when you are joining into your FIRST CORNER; you CH 2 first before joining;
and when you joining into your LAST CORNER; you join first then CH 2 to complete your corner.
Complete joining the first 5 squares following the instructions for joining Square 2.
HOW TO JOIN THE REST OF THE SQUARES:
NOTE; USE the directional diagram at the start of the instructions to help you keep note of which square you are joining and in what direction you need to join.
SQUARE 25 – only join on one side
SQUARE 24 – join on two sides
NOTE: When joining center corners like below – work as follows:
work 3 DC for your current square; SL ST into first corner (1);
CH 1; SL ST into second corner (2); CH 1; SL ST into third corner (3);
continue with instructions.
CONTINUE JOINING THE REST OF THE SQUARES –
ADJUSTING THE INSTRUCTIONS TO JOIN EACH SQUARE
Don’t like this way of joining? No worries!
Check out these links for an assortment of joining methods you can choose from!
10 FREE VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR JOINING GRANNY SQUARES – From Free Crochet Tutorials
Get It Together: How to Join Crochet Squares 14 Ways! – From Moogly
I have been a crochet designer for more than 10 years. I love to think outside the box and to try and do things a bit differently. I love to learn new techniques and to challenge myself. I firmly believe that crochet should fun and evoke joy and pleasure. Creating and designing is one of my life's passions.
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