Get It Together: How to Join Crochet Squares 12 Ways!

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There are so. many. ways. to join crochet squares and afghan blocks! And I know that lots of you have been eagerly awaiting this list – the Moogly Afghan CAL for this year is winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to attach all of these blocks together to make one big blankie. So let’s get started! I’ve linked to photo and/or video tutorials for each of 12 methods for joining afghan squares!

12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!

12 Ways to Join Crochet Squares

Click on the names of the methods you like to go to their pattern pages!

  1. Whip Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly:  This sewn seam is fast fast fast!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  2. Single Crochet Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: You can also see this in action on Repeat Crafter Me! It creates a big ridge between squares, and definite grid look!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  3. Slip Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: The least amount of yarn used, without actually putting down the hook!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  4. Mattress Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: Sewn rather than crocheted, this stitch can be completely invisible!Mattress-Stitch-Cover
  5. Flat Braid Join by Carolyn Christmas, on Gourmet Crochet: One of my all time favorites – very forgiving when working with lots of squares with different stitch counts!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  6. Celtic Lace Join by Rachele, on Baby Love Brand: Very elaborate, and lovely! The newest one on the list I think!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  7. Join As You Go by Kara Gunza, on Petals to Picots: This has a great look – and love JAYG!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  8. Scallop Join by Carolyn Christmas, on Gourmet Crochet: Another lovely lacey look!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  9. Simulated Braid Join by Carolyn Christmas, on Gourmet Crochet: So many pretty joins, it’s hard to choose!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  10. Dudessembly by The Crochet Dude: See the video in the free Amazing Crochet Textures Class on Craftsy!12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  11. Flat Zipper Method by Dedri Uys, on Look at What I Made: This creates such a great looking line, very clean.12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  12. Rag Quilt/Fringe Join by Amy Solovay, on About.com: The opposite of the “clean” look, this one is full of texture.12 Great Methods for Joining #Crochet Afghan Square and Blocks!
  13. BONUS and UPDATE: I used the Tight Braid Join to finish the Moogly Afghan CAL for 2014! And of course shared the pattern!Tight Braid Join for Afghan Squares: Video Tutorial on Moogly!

Each of these methods has their own style and look, and not all of them will work for everybody. When joining a variety of squares in a sampler afghan, you might need to fudge a bit on the number of stitches you work (or skip!) on any given square, to make them all work. But that’s all part of the challenge! One tip, the more “open” the join, the more room there is to play. I hope you’ve found a style here that appeals to you. If there’s a method I missed, be sure to link it in the comments!

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    • 2

      Tamara Kelly says

      I’m still deciding! French braid is an old fave, but it’s tempting to try something new too! 😀 I’ll definitely share when I decide though!

      • 3

        Zarnaz says

        I like the flat braid method, easy enough to do and looks very sophisticated… But I’m confused about how I’d join the squares when there are four of them? I mean the part in the middle where each square’s one corner will be connected with the other three’s corners… :/ I know it sounds confusing… But it would be great if you can help with that!

    • 5

      joyce says

      Thank you very much for sharing these methods. Even an experienced crocheter can always learn new styles.

      My favourites are the joining methods of Carolyn Christmas!

  1. 9

    Kitty says

    Thanks for sharing. Will you also be posting different boarder options? That would be awesome. I always like to put a border around my finished blankets and would love other options. Thanks

  2. 12

    Eileen K says

    I haven’t done this CAL because I had already started a big project with squares. I just started joining them (6 rows, 7 squares each), and I’m using whip stitch seaming, but back loops only. It creates a nice frame around each square. I saw it on Bunny Mummy — http://bunnymummy-jacquie.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/sewing-granny-squares-together.html –and it’s working perfectly for my project. She includes step-by-step photos. Some of the options you’ve shown look beautiful, and I’m marking this for my next project. I’ve also been bookmarking the squares you’ve shown. I’d love to try it with a variety of colors. But it might be a while before I do a squares project again! Thank you for all the posts and directions.

  3. 13

    Sherika says

    I’ll be using the Single Crochet seam. I used it on a purse once & it seems easiest to me. I also like the raised look.

  4. 16

    Patricia Seaton says

    Thank you for posting all of these great looking joining choices, Tamara. It’ll be hard to decide.

  5. 17

    Cathy kenny says

    Thanks so much for posting these! I had originally planned to try the Celtic Lace,, but might want something less airy for this afghan. Decisions, decisions… :)

  6. 18

    Smita says

    I do like the Celtic one, but this blankie is going to be so big anyway so I think I will stick with the single crochet raised one. May use the Celtic one on a smaller project x

  7. 21

    Ashley says

    i really love that Simulated Braid Join! i hope i can figure that one out for the afghan…. the only joining method i have ever used is the slip stitch and i am not very fond of it but have never been able to find a good joining post like the list you just made, Thanks!

  8. 26

    Ana says

    Thank you for posting these! I’ve always been afraid of joining and have always just sewn my squares together which always takes forever. The last afghan I made was explained as a join as you go project and it was SSSOOO much easier! Tell me . . what is the difference between the flat braid join and the join as you go? They look the same to me.
    Ana

  9. 27

    Margaret Loignon says

    I’m just finishing up CAL 2014 and used the Flat Braid Join for joining the squares. It was good since all of the squares were not the same stitch count. I used Aran for the color. Using this color for the braid separated each square so they weren’t running into each other. It was one of the four colors in the afghan, too. I used a simple border around the finished afghan.

    Thanks for your great patterns and helpful hints.

  10. 33

    Mary Christensen says

    Is there an easy way to calculate the amount of yarn you will need for a join? I am working on a baby blanket and am trying to come up with a math kind of equation to estimate the amount of yarn needed.

    • 34

      Tamara Kelly says

      There are so very many variables, the best way is to work a foot or two of the join, then measure how much yarn that used. Then you’d need to figure out how many feet of join you’ll need to make for your blanket, and do the math! :)

  11. 35

    valerie says

    Is there anyplace on the web that shows you how to join different size squares? I mean DIFFERENT sizes. I have been making squares from different artists patterns that I have fallen in love with. Some are 9 inch, some are 12 inch and a lot are 6 inch. I love them all and I want to put them into one large afghan. Help would be highly appreciated.

    • 36

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Valerie! In this case, you’ll want to play with the layout quite a bit – an example of what I mean is the Babette Blanket: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/babette-blanket After you’ve got a layout you like (filling in with more squares as needed!) I would recommend a join with a lot of flexibility, such as the flat braid join (shown above). You can “fudge” the stitches you work into as needed. :) I hope that helps!

  12. 37

    Andrea says

    Tamara, My question is not about joining specifically, but about making a granny square blanket: I’ve made my blanket and joined the squares but when I use it, the yarn ends keep popping out! Some are just woven in and some are knotted but they all seem to pop out. Obviously, I don’t want to trim them too closely but what can I do to keep this from happening? I feel like I’m missing something as I’ve never noticed anyone mentioning this issue but I can’t be the only one to have this problem. Please help, you’re my crochet guru 😉 Thank you

    • 38

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hello Andrea! Thank you! ♥ Well, weaving them in is important for sure, but how you weave them in can make a big difference. I have a video tutorial for how I do it (click here), but I think the real key takeaway is to make sure that you go in several directions, using several inches of yarn, and that you try to “split” the yarn as you go, going “through” the tail itself as you weave it in. Then cut it close to the finished project, and it should be “locked in.” I hope this helps!

      • 39

        Andrea says

        Oh, thanks so much, I haven’t been using the tapestry needle either, just the crochet hook. Your way looks so much more secure.
        Thanks again!

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