Join As You Go – Granny Squares
Granny squares are one of my favorite things, and great for beginners to learn too. After doing a few you may be wanting to find a way to join them. This tutorial covers just one way you can join them, the join as you go method. With this method you can make your grannies up in advanced or join them as you make them, there is no weaving in ends or sewing required, if you can make a granny square then this will be easy to master. Turn you granny squares into blankets, pillows, bags and clothing, all you have to do is join ’em!
- Any Yarn (I’m using Red Heart Super Saver White)
- Any appropriate hook size (I’m using 5.5MM hook)
SS – Slip Stitch
- Its is helpful to know how to make a granny square, for my tutorial on, how to make a granny square any size and color go here.
- A * to * indicates a repeated stitch sequence.
- A “cluster” refers to 3DC stitches separated by a CH space.
- The placement and size of squares may vary depending on your pattern.
- This post contains video and written instructions with photos.
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Join As You Go, Video Tutorial:
Join As You Go Granny Squares:
To begin joining your granny squares, you will want to have at least a few squares completed in your desired pattern, and determine your square placement. For this tutorial I will be using granny squares with 4 rounds, alternating 3 color designs. Here is the basic layout out that I will be using to join my granny squares, as a point of reference:
From here we will begin joining starting with our granny in the top left corner, then joining any adjacent squares until our row is complete, finally adding in additional rows.
To begin, with your border color, add one complete round around the granny that will be placed in the upper left corner, in my case I will be adding a 5th round, fasten off.
Now we will join our first granny square. We will continue to work from left to right, you will be joining the left side of your next square to the right side of the last square you made. We will start by adding the border to the top of our blue square.
Join your border yarn in any corner CH2, space, CH1, DC in the same CH2 space, CH1, skip over the next cluster and *3DC, CH1, in the next CH1 space,* repeat until you reach the next corner in my case I repeated a total of 3 times.
In the next corner space start the next corner, by placing 3DC stitches in the CH2 space, CH1.
From here we will begin replacing the CH stitches with a SS into the adjacent square.
To complete the corner you will want to replace one of the CH2 spaces with a SS, I had you start your corner (3DC) and make a CH1 above, now you will make your first SS into the adjacent square, to do this insert your hook, from front to back, in the corner space on the “green” square, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull that same loop through the first loop on your hook, one SS made.
Complete the corner by placing another 3DC, into the same CH2 space on the “blue” square. First corner is complete.
Normally you would CH1 then place 3DC in the next CH1 space, instead we will SS, then place 3DC into the next CH1 space along this side only.
*SS (insert hook from front to back) into the next CH1, space on the “green” square, 3DC into the next CH1 space on the “blue” square.* Repeat until you reach the next corner space.
To complete the last joined corner, place 3DC, into the CH2 space, SS into the corner CH2 space on the “green” square, CH1, and complete the corner by placing another 3DC into the same CH2 space.
Now we will finished the remaining sides of the granny, using the CH stitches rather than SS. Continue to add 3DC, CH1, in each CH1 space and (3DC, CH2, 3DC) in the remaining corner space. When you reach the last corner that you began in you will need to place (3DC, CH2, 2DC) in the same CH2 space as the starting stitch, SS to the first stitch of the round and fasten off.
Continue to repeat steps 2 through 6 until you have your first row complete. In the photo below I added 8 squares before beginning my next row, they are all joined in the same manner as the blue square above, you can add as many as you like.
To add more rows, we will essentially be doing the same thing only along different sides. To achieve this, we will start off by joining the top of the working square to the bottom of the square we are joining to.
I will be adding a blue square below my green square for my pattern. Join border color in any CH2, corner space, CH1, DC in the same CH2 space, CH1, *(3DC, CH1,) in the next CH1 space,* repeat until you reach the first corner, in my case 3 times.
Start making the first corner, by placing 3DC, CH1.
Begin replacing the CH spaces with SS into the bottom side of the “green” square.
SS into the bottom right CH2 space of the green square, finish corner by placing 3DC, stitches into the same CH2 space on the “blue” square.
*SS into the next CH1 space on the “green” square, 3DC, in the next CH1 space on the “blue” square,* repeat until you reach the next corner space, in my case 3 times. Place 3DC into the CH2 space on the “blue” square, SS into the bottom left CH2 space of the “green” square.
Complete the remaining sides replacing the SS with CH stitches.
CH1, 3DC, into the same CH2 space, completing the corner. Place 3DC, CH1, in each CH1 space, and 3DC, CH2, 3DC in each corner space around, SS and fasten off after each round.
To work additional squares we will use the same method, replacing CH stitches with SS’s along the joining 2 sides. Begin working a center square, along the right side, joining to the top and left side of the adjacent squares as pictured:
Join border yarn in any CH2 space, CH1, DC in same space, CH1, *3DC, CH1, in each CH1 space until you reach the first corner.
Start your first corner, place 3DC, stitches in the CH2 space, SS to the bottom left corner of the top square you are joining, then, SS to the top right corner CH2 space in the square to the left of your working square. SS into the top square then the side square replaces your CH2 space for that corner, and begins working the joining side of the square directly left of the square you are working.
Finish your corner, 3DC in the same CH2 space, *SS into the next CH1 space,* until you reach the next CH2 space, 3DC in the CH2 space, SS into lower right corner of adjacent square, from here resume using CH stitches rather than SS’s, CH1, 3DC in the same CH2 space, *CH1, 3DC, in the next CH1 space,* seat until you reach your final corner, complete corner, 3DC, CH2, 2DC, SS to first stitch of the round.
To complete your pattern you will continue adding rows and squares until you have the desired design. Adding that first square for additional rows will mimic just how we did it in steps 9 through 11, and any additional center squares will be added just like step 12. Follow your pattern notes for borders, or make your own, enjoy!
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