Well, a very soggy and damp hello to you all today. Bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me today eh? Little J is off school poorly (temperature of 39.3 yesterday!) so I have an extra, enforced day at home and thought I would put it to good use by writing a post, especially as I missed my usual weekend post this week. The truth is there hasn’t been a lot of news here of the crafting variety, or the general news variety. We have all had our heads down working away on the mundane daily stuff. There is a light at the end of the tunnel now though as this is the last week of school before half term. Its also exciting and busy this week as tomorrow is Little J’s birthday – fingers crossed he’s feeling much better for it, poor thing. To be fair he does seem brighter so far today. We are also looking forward to getting together with some of the family at half term and having a few days out.
On with the main purpose of the post… joining together. Joining crochet squares to be more precise.
Over the summer I looked for inspiration on how to finish my Cottage Garden CAL and researched different ways of joining crochet blocks together. I started at Pinterest, looking for crochet sampler blankets to see how others had joined and arranged theirs, what colours they had used and the different effects that could be achieved. I found this lovely board with lots of good examples to look at, thought you might like to see should you be attempting to complete your blanket too or just out of general interest.
The problem I found was there was a lot of information about joining granny square blocks but not so much about joining blocks that aren’t specifically granny squares. But amongst many other pages, I found a very comprehensive one that gave me lots of links to new and different methods of joining that I had not tried. Methods that go beyond the usual sewing or using single crochet to join blocks. Have a look at Knot your Nana’s Crochet for the post in question.
With such a choice of joining methods I though I better try a few out, having completed the edging of all the blocks. And here they are….
Apologies for the variation in lighting in the pictures… rubbish light today.
The problem we have with these blocks is that they are not all exactly the same size, there is a variation in the number of stitches along the side which can cause problems with your joining pattern. Once or twice I got to the end of one block and was only three quarters of the way along the side of the other block! What to do about this problem??! I have to be honest and say that I frogged some of it and adjusted my spacing on the larger block, missed more stitches than on the smaller block so that I reached the corners of both at the same time. Shall we call it easing it to fit?? I’m sure that is not the correct way to do things but it looks ok -ish??? If anyone has any ideas about this I would love to hear them. All suggestions welcome.
If you look at the picture of the Zig Zag join in the light green yarn, you will be able to see that the spaces on the right hand block on the lower half of the join are slightly wider than on the upper half of the join – where I realised halfway along they would not meet at the corner because the right hand block is bigger.
Out of these four methods that I tested, I think I prefer the Zig Zag join best as it allows for this easing to fit without too much trouble. Its also nice and simple. The granny join is better for granny squares I think. Flat braid is pretty but I think I want something less fancy for in between all of my rather fancy blocks. I like it in the lighter yarn but I want the join to recede and the blocks to stand out so I think I will use the darker yarn.
Well those are my thoughts on it so far… I might change my mind yet! Perhaps I will invent my own joining technique!