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Topic: Join-As-You-Go for Granny-type motifs (tutorial)  (Read 8216 times)
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« on: May 20, 2010 05:50:47 AM »

In my never ending search for a joining method that wont drive me crazy AND I like the look of, I found this one for granny-square-type motifs.  This works well for joining various shapes where the last round is a shell-type pattern, like in a Granny Square.  I suspect it could work for solid-patterned rounds, but have not tried it yet.

The added benefit of this joining method comes if one of your motifs is damaged or starts falling apart.  You can easily cut the damaged motif out, re-crochet it, and join the new one in the old one's spot without disturbing any of the other motifs.

Start with a motif:



Make a second motif, and prepare to join on the last round:



On the corners, do a shell of 3dc, and ch1. Remove the hook, insert it in the hole in the corner of the first motif, and then back through the working loop:



Ch1:



Finish the corner with a shell of 3dc:



Remove the hook, insert it in the next hole in the first motif, then back in the working loop:



Pull the loop through the hole (but dont pull the loop too much out of shape!) :
ETA: after using this technique for a while, I found doing a ch1 here (not pictured) gave better results!



And continue as normal, doing this join in each hole along the common side, and joining the 2nd corner in the same way as the first.

Heres what it looks like finished:



Its not perfectly flat, but not much of a ridge, either.



Heres what it looks like when you use the same colour:



Here's what it looks like with hexagon motifs:

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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2010 01:57:32 PM »

Would it be possible to do this with already completed squares, or is it too difficult?
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2010 02:26:28 PM »

If you have finished squares, the easiest way to do this would be to add another round and use that one to join them.

If you don't want to do that, you could always undo your last knot and rip back a bit and re-crochet the joining part.  It doesn't take more yarn, so you should be ok.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2010 08:11:51 PM »

Okay, thanks. By using this method could I join like half of the row now and the other half later?
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010 03:17:26 AM »

You can join however you want as the squares are joined one at a time.
  one of the blankets I'm working on now is granny squares that are all the same colour scheme, so the order in which I join them doesn't matter, and I'm basically just adding them on as I finish them, wherever they'll fit.

What it's not good for is making strips of squares first then joining the strips.

The way to do the strips is to join the squares for every-other-strip, and then later join those strips with squares one at a time (if that makes any sense...)

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010 10:45:44 AM »

I think I get what you're saying. What I would do is join two sides of one square then do the next off of that, right?
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2010 10:50:21 AM »

Yeah.

You start by joining one square to another square along one side.  Then add the third square to an edge.  Keep adding squares until you're done. ^_^

Adding a border once it's all joined together can be nice. ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010 12:12:23 AM »

Woah, how did you do the hexagonal ones?  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010 02:09:35 AM »

I used the pattern from my Settlers Of Catan bag, but just the first 3 rounds.

Joining was the same as for the squares.
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2010 10:13:03 AM »

Probably a dumb question but did you use a pattern for the square ones? I've been crocheting for over a year and can't find a pattern I like and can understand for granny squares.
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