Hello Everyone, hope you are well and happy on this chilly friday. This post is by special request for Rachel, who apparently has a bit of an obsession with different methods of joining at the moment! Rachel wanted to know what method I was using to join my squares so….. here you go….
I am sewing my squares together as opposed to crocheting them together. When you use the crochet method it creates a raised edge between the squares, which can look good but is not the look I want to achieve with my blanket. There is enough going on with all the colours and different sized squares – we don’t need anything else!
Apparently the stitch I am using is commonly called whip stitch and there are loads of tutorials online for it if you search. I can’t remember now which one I looked at originally. Its REALLY simple and easy to do (most of the time!!). But I have some photos for you anyway.
I hold the right sides of the squares together (some tutorials show you how to do it with the squares lying flat side by side) and match up the edges and the corners. The yarn tends to be still attached to the square from finishing off. I put my needle through the back loops only – which also tend to be the uppermost loops on each edge (other tutorials show different ways and I guess there is no right or wrong, it just makes for a slightly different end result).
I continue along the edge, putting my needle through the back loops, from front to back, until I reach the other end. Hopefully at this point the corners are still matching although occasionally they don’t quite and I have to ease them to fit a little :s
This is what the back looks like. Incidentally I haven’t done any blocking at all with my blanket (bad, bad, naughty crocheter – sorry I just couldn’t face it).
And this is what the front looks like. Wow that red is strong!
I haven’t had too many problems with this method, its fairly straight forward. Its a bit of a puzzle sometimes working out which yarn tail I am going to use to sew which square but that is more to do with the nature of the blanket. I have had the occasional problem where the tension of the odd square is different to the others so it has come out slightly larger/smaller (do other people have these problems??) and again I have to ease things a little to fit. Its only slight so hopefully won’t shown when its all finished (or am I hopelessly naive??). As I have said before, I am not aiming for perfection. I’m not an expert – I’m learning, so naivety and mistakes are allowed!!! Hey, its the first blanket I have made.
Well, there you go Rachel. Hope that helps. Don’t think I would cut it as a hand model somehow! Off to find the hand cream now! Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Awesome! I like this way of joining and I think it has been the way I’ve done it when joining some past projects.. just never knew the name for it! Haha! I’m hoping to do a Granny Square blanket in the near future for my husband. He’s a gamer and I’m going to use one of the NES 8-bit images and translate it into granny squares! I will definitely use this joining method since it gives a close to seamless look!
Glad you liked it. I had to look it up to find out the name!! Blanket sounds interesting. Will watch out for posts about it.
Oooh I am HONOURED to have inspired a whole post, my wish is your blog post!!!! Thanks Patchyness.
Lol! I thought it was the easiest way to do it! Probably not of interest to most as its fairly basic stuff but hopefully it helps your strange joining obsession!!
Definitely aiding my obsession maybe not so strange- I see you have quite a few comments about this!!!
We also need reversed pictures for left-handed people next time; we do not like being discriminated against and it being assumed everybodys right-handed. please make this change next time Patch. (Please don’t hit me and stop SCOWLING at the iPad ;-P)
Thank you so much Patch! I’ve made a few more Granny Squares and will be using your method shown here to join them up 🙂
You are very welcome. I am glad it’s useful.
I have always used the whip stitch but plan to crochet my squares together for my next project to see what the effect is. Great stuff though 🙂
Thanks. Think I crocheted them together when I did my draught excluder not that you can tell anymore as its all squashed down with being continuously in use ever since.
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Thank you so much
I love your squares! I must admit that I’m a bit intimidated by squares/Granny squares and I must MUST try my hand at them!!!
You must. The basic ones are incredibly easy and quick and have loads of uses. You don’t have to go the whole hog and make a huge blanket. Just a few for a scarf or a cushion cover. Nice short project – just what you like 😉
You are right…I’m going to do it!!!
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