Join as you go crochet squares…a tutorial

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I’ve been crocheting more little wool squares for my Nanny McPhee inspired scarf.  It’s such a good way to build up your piece of crochet quickly, I can’t really see a down side to it (apart from it making any crochet project even more addictive… it’s hard to put anything down when you can see it growing before you so quickly…) and already I’ve got another project slowly forming in my head, which I think will suit this joining method really well.

Joining as you go is a little bit tricksy to begin with, but to be honest, any joining of crochet pieces seem to be a bit fiddlesome….  just make sure you have a cup of tea and some biscuits and you’ll be fine.

This is using English terminology (so in case you don’t know, an English double crochet stitch is an American triple)

 

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So to start, you’ll need to crochet a square.  Normally I only work one chain in my corners and don’t work a chain between the groups….however, this method really does work better when you leave 2 chains in the corner space….. so make your square (figure everyone knows how to do this but just in case……   cast on, make 4 chains, join to make a small circle, make 3 chains and then working through the centre of the hole, make 2 double crochet stitches, make 2 chains, make 3 double crochet stitches, 2 chains, 3 double crochet stitches, 2 chains, 3 double crochet stitches and then 2 chains. Join and cast off)

 

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Add your second colour for the second round.  Join the colour in at one of the corners and then make 3 chains, and 2 double crochet stitches, all through a corner hole.  Make 2 chains and then another 3 double crochet stitches through that same corner hole.  Make 1 chain, and then 3 double crochet stitches in the next corner hole, 2 chains and then another 3 double crochet stitches.  Work like this around so you have your square.  Join and cast off.

 

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In timely Blue Peter fashion, I’ve joined up a few squares already, the new square wants to be joined along the right side bottom corner.  You can join it from the left side if you prefer.  It doesn’t make a difference.

 

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So, join in your new colour for the third row,  make 3 chains, and then 2 double crochet stitches through the corner hole, make 2 chains and then a further 3 double crochet stitches through the same corner hole. (start of side two) Make a chain, then 3 double crochet stitches in the next gap of the square followed by another chain.  Make 3 double crochet stitches into the next corner hole, 2 chains and then another 3 double crochet stitches, in the same corner hole.  (start of side three) Make 1 chain, and then 3 double crochet stitches into the next gap of the square.  Make another chain and then make 3 double crochet stitches into the corner hole.

You are now ready to join the square in.

 

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Make a chain just after making the group of double crochet stitches….

 

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Keeping the yarn pulled tight in your left hand, slide the crochet hook into the corner hole of the square you want to join to.   You want to make sure your yarn is under your hook and not laying across the top of the square.

 

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Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the corner hole.

 

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Now wrap the yarn over the hook again and pull it through the stitch on the crochet hook.

 

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Now work another 3 double crochet hooks into the corner hole of your original square.

 

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Instead of making another chain like you did when you were crocheting along the other sides, you need to insert your hook from the top into the bottom side gap of the square you are joining to….

 

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Wrap the yarn around the hook, pull the yarn back through the gap, wrap the yarn around the hook again, and then pull the yarn through the stitch on the hook.

Continue again along the edge of the original square….. 3 double crochet stitches, then insert the hook from the top into the bottom side gap, wrap the yarn around the hook, pull the yarn back through the gap, wrap the yarn around the hook again, and then pull the yarn through the stitch on the hook.

Now you need to work your final corner.

 

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Work 3 double crochet stitches into the top corner gap of the original square, make a chain, then just as before…. insert the hook from the top into the bottom corner gap of the square you are joining into, wrap the yarn around the hook, pull the hook through, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through the stitch on the hook.  Make 3 more double crochet stitches into the corner gap of your original square.  Make a chain. (last side)

Make 3 more double crochet stitches in to the next gap of your original square, make a chain, join in and cast off.

 

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Reading how to do it without a hook in hand will sound a bit pfaffy, but actually if you give it a try you’ll find it lot easier.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Join as you go crochet squares…a tutorial

  1. Hi im a beginner but i have learnt to do granny sqaures and i like this method of sewing up but it looks a little tricky i love the scarf you heve really inspired me.

    1. Hi Ann….I was so happy when I learnt to make a granny square, it was why I wanted to learn to crochet in the first place….this is my favourite way now to join squares, it is a bit tricky, but I always think if you have a pot of tea to hand and some biscuits, or some Werther’s Originals then that helps to make you feel relaxed (well it works for me) and anything is possible….one of the things I love about crochet is that if it isn’t working it’s really easy to unravel back to where you are beginning, easier than knitting for sure.
      It helps if you have a couple of granny squares ready to join and just follow the pictures, after a couple of joined squares you’ll be able to do it while watching tv or a film no problem. I’d love to know how you get on xx

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