JOINING GRANNY SQUARES









You can sew grannies together using a blunt yarn needle or you can crochet them together.

One way to sew grannies is to butt the edges together and weave the yarn back and forth from edge to edge (see Drawing 9). A second method is to butt the edges and use a whipstitch for the joining (see Drawing 10).

These techniques are almost invisible if done on the wrong side with matching yarn. But you can achieve an interesting effect by using yarn in a color that contrasts with the squares.

To crochet the squares together, use a slipstitch or single crochet (see Drawing 11). If you do the latter on the right side, you’ll end up with a handsome ridged effect. Here, too, you can use yarn in a contrasting color for the joining or use one of the joinings illustrated below.





Edgings are the icing on the cake and you can surround your granny squares with all varieties. Tailored edgings of solid single or double crochet can provide a much-needed calming border to a free-wheeling granny square design.

DECORATIVE JOININGS

Joining A:
Row 1: With right side facing, sl st in a corner of square, ch 3, dc in each st across edge to next corner; ch 3, turn.
Row 2 (wrong side): Skip first dc, work dc around post of next dc (ridge formed on right side), work dc around post of each dc. Break off.
Work across edge of adjoining square in same manner. Hold squares with wrong sides facing and joining edges matching. Work row of sc through matching dc across edge (ridge formed).
Break off.

Joining B:
Row 1: Sl st in corner of a square, ch 3, dc in each st across to next corner. Break off.
Work across adjoining square in same manner.
Hold squares right sides facing and joining edges matching. With yarn and tapestry needle, whipstitch pieces together, working through 1 lp only of each st (2 small ridges formed by unworked lps on right side). Break off.

Joining C:
Dc across 1 edge each of 2 squares as for joining B.
Hold squares wrong sides facing and joining edges matching. Crochet row of sl st through matching dc, working through 1 lp only of each st (heavy ridge formed by sl sts and 2 light ridges, one on each side of sl sts, formed by unworked lps). Break off.

Joining D:
Row 1: Sl st in corner of a square, ch 7, skip 3 sts, dc in next st, * ch 3, skip 3 sts, dc in next st. Repeat from * to next corner; ch 5, turn.
Row 2: Sc in center st of first sp, ch 2, dc in next dc, * ch 2, sc in center st of next sp, ch 2, dc in next dc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in 3rd ch of ch-7; ch 7, turn.
Row 3: Skip first dc, dc in next dc, * ch 3, dc in next dc. Repeat from * across, ending with dc in 3rd ch
of ch-5; ch 5, turn.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Omit ch 7. Break off.
Work across side of adjoining square in same manner. Hold squares right sides facing and joining edges matching. With yarn and tapestry needle, stitch the first 2 matching dc tog, then stitch next 2 matching dc tog, leaving loose strand between stitches. Continue across in this manner. Break off.

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