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 14 methods for joining afghan squares (I've added new ones!)!
12 14 Ways to Join Crochet Squares
Click on the names of the methods you like to go to their pattern pages!
- Whip Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: This sewn seam is fast fast fast!
- 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!
- Slip Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: The least amount of yarn used, without actually putting down the hook!
- Mattress Stitch Seaming by Tamara Kelly, on Moogly: Sewn rather than crocheted, this stitch can be completely invisible!
- 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!
- Celtic Lace Join by Rachele, on Baby Love Brand: Very elaborate, and lovely! The newest one on the list I think!
- Join As You Go by Kara Gunza, on Petals to Picots: This has a great look - and love JAYG!
- Scallop Join by Carolyn Christmas, on Gourmet Crochet: Another lovely lacey look!
- Simulated Braid Join by Carolyn Christmas, on Gourmet Crochet: So many pretty joins, it's hard to choose!
- Dudessembly by The Crochet Dude: See the video in the free Amazing Crochet Textures Class on Craftsy!
- Flat Zipper Method by Dedri Uys, on Look at What I Made: This creates such a great looking line, very clean.
- Rag Quilt/Fringe Join by Amy Solovay, on About.com, via the Internet Archive: The opposite of the "clean" look, this one is full of texture.
- Tight Braid Join on Moogly - I used this to finish the Moogly Afghan CAL for 2014 (and 2015, and 2016)! And of course shared the pattern!
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!