Joining as you go is my favourite way of joining together hexagons and it’s fast becoming my preferred method for joining granny squares together too. It can seem a bit pfaffy to begin with, but as long as you take a deep breath at the tricky bits (basically the corners) and maybe have some cake or biscuits at hand to help relieve any stress, then you’ll soon be unstoppable.
I wrote yesterday about joining in a square at the start of a row…. it’s a little bit different when you join in a second square because now you need to join the square on two sides.
Just like the previous post….. work as much of your new square as you need. Join the first sides together the same as before. However, in the corner which will be joined on two sides….. make 3 double crochet stitches but do not now make a chain before you work the corner….
Instead, just insert the hook straight into the bottom corner of the first square you are joining to (in this case the yellow, cream and brown square), wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through, then wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the stitch on the hook….
Now insert the hook in to the second square you are joining… (in this case the yellow, orange and dark brown square)…. wrap the yarn around the hook, pull up through the gap, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the stitch on the hook….. and then make a further 3 double crochet stitches into the corner gap of the square you are joining in. That’s the corner worked.
Continue joining the side of the new square…make 3 double crochet stitches into the next gap, insert the hook into the bottom gap of the square above and wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the gap, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the stitch on the hook…
Finish joining in the new square as shown in the previous post.
And that’s your new square joined in on two sides.
I’m finding crocheting these squares incredibly addictive, working this size means my scarf is super portable and there is no laying lots of little squares out on my carpet trying to join them before Bernard strolls in and decides to either re-arrange my carefully laid out squares, or to take a nap right in the middle of them!
It’s also a great way to keep on top of colour choices, when you are making the squares as you go along the colours naturally change and you don’t end up with a pile full of very similar coloured squares (which is what I find seems to happen when I’m joining the squares at the end)