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Do you ever get done with making all the granny squares for a project, and then suddenly dread putting them together? Joining squares with slip stitches or (ack!) sewing with a yarn needle can be slow and tedious. While those methods are sometimes necessary or fit the pattern, there is often an easier way.
One easier way is called join-as-you go, where you join each granny square to the rest of the project in the final row of the square with slip stitches. Taking it further, the continuous join-as-you-go method has you joining the final rows of all the squares in one long continuous row.
Some of the benefits of the continuous join-as-you-go method are:
- It’s faster. It’s just a few extra slip stitches in each granny square to join a whole project.
- Fewer ends. One long joining row means only 2 ends to sew in.
Continuous join-as-you-go works best when:
- The pattern is a standard granny square with clusters of 3 double crochets separated by spaces. The joining slip stitches happen between clusters, so it won’t work for solid granny squares without spaces.
- The final row of the squares is all the same color.
- The final row of the squares is a different color from the previous row. (If it’s the same, there’s no sense cutting the yarn and then doing continuous join. Just do the regular join-as-you-go method one square at a time.
For the continuous join-as-you-go method, chart a path around the squares so that one long row will reach all sides of every square, like this:
In this video, I’ll show you how to connect granny squares with the continuous join as you go method.
Put this technique into practice with these patterns: