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12 Ways To Join Granny Squares

July 16, 2014 /
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In my previous pattern and tutorial of the Sunburst Granny Square Blanket, I have done some web searches to find ways to join granny squares. There are so many methods and styles, and I am glad to find one to use for my blanket. Besides some of those basic methods I have been using, I have also encountered some interesting fancy joining methods that I haven’t come across.

Though I ended up using the Flat Slip Stitch Method for my blanket, I would like to wrap up my findings on ways to join granny squares that could be of interest to you. So here you go, 12 ways to join granny squares. Out of the 12 ways, 8 are basic join methods, and 4 are fancy methods. I have used 3 of the basic ways to join granny squares in my previous projects, and I will definitely try out those fancy joints like the Celtic Lace and Flat Braid Join methods for my future granny square projects.

I hope this wrap-up can help you decide which method to use for your next granny square project.

12 Ways To Join Granny Squares

 

Basic Granny Square Joins

These are the basic methods to join granny squares.

 
single crochet granny join

SINGLE CROCHET JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Repeat Crafter Me]
This is one of the most popular joints in the granny square. It leaves a ridge separating each square and gives the blanket texture and dimension.

 
slip stitch back join granny square

SLIP STITCH JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Attic 24]
This is another most popular method to join granny squares. Like the Single Crochet join method, you do slip stitch crochet instead of single crochet. It gives a flatter seamline. You can do the join to the front of the project or the back of the project. Each will provide you with a different look.
I used this method in my African Flower Purse.

 
join granny squares

FLAT SLIP STITCH JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Craft Passion]
The flat Slip Stitch join method is adapted from the Slip Stitch join method. Instead of joining the outer loops of the squares, this flat slip-stitch method is working from the front of the squares and slip stitch the inner loops of the square. It gives a nice flat seam that blocks the squares nicely.
I used this method in my Sunburst Granny Square Blanket.

 
 how to join granny squares

WHIPS STITCH JOIN METHOD (sewing)
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Bunny Mummy]
If you love to hand sew to join the granny squares, this could be one of your favorite methods to use. The end result is the same as the crochet Slip Stitch Join Method above.

 
invisible seam

INVISIBLE STITCH JOIN METHOD (sewing)
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Lion Brand Blog]
Like the Whip Stitch Join Method, instead of placing 2 squares with the right sides together for stitching, this method works from side to side. The needle’s entry point is slightly different; hence, it will show both loops of the square on the front side. The end result is something similar to Flat Slip Stitch Join, but the seam line is not obvious; that’s why it is called Invisible Join.

 
seamless join granny squares

SEAMLESS JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Carina’s Craftblog]
This is perfect if you are looking to mimic the joint into the squares. Doing a classic granny (3dc group) stitch to join the granny squares gives you near to a joint-less seam. Simply crochet the set of 3dc and a chain to the left and right squares to seam.

 
join as u go

JOIN-AS-YOU-GO METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: My Rose Valley]
This is another seamless join method. Instead of joining after you have completed all the squares, you join while crocheting the final round. This method is suitable if you have already had a plan of which squares to join to each other.
I used this method in my Haltered-Neck Granny Square Top that I made for my daughter.

 
chain join granny squares

CHAIN JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Craftyminx – A Granny A Day]
The chain join method gives a tiny zig-zag seam between the squares. If you are making a doily square or modified granny square with a lacy look, this could be the easiest join method to use.
You do chain 2 in between each slip stitch. To complement the pieces you are joining, you could also vary the number of chains and vary where you place the anchor stitches.

 

FANCY JOINT

If you are looking for a non-conventional joining method that could add some dimensions to your granny square project, these few methods are could be your choice.

 
celtic lace join granny squares

CELTIC LACE JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Cypress Textiles]
This method creates a lace edge to join the granny squares together. Add a few rounds of the lace pattern to the basic granny square and join the last round to the adjacent square as you go.

 
flat braid join granny squares

FLAT BRAID JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Gourmet Crochet]
This method gives a twisted braid pattern to the joint of the granny squares. It is a join-as-you-go method too for the last round.

 
simulated braid join granny squares

SIMULATED BRAID JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Gourmet Crochet]
This is similar to the Flat Braid Join Method, except that you can finish the last round of the square with the fundamental edging of the Flat Braid Join Method, followed by placing 2 squares with the right side facing each other and join.

 
scallop join granny squares

SCALLOP JOIN METHOD
[Photo and Tutorial Source: Gourmet Crochet]
This is also similar to the Flat Braid Join method but easier because you don’t have to drop the loop and pick it up later to create the twisted braid pattern.

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Coli

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

I’m so glad I found this site!! I was given an unfinished baby blanket project my pastors wife’s grandmother started for her when she was pregnant with her daughter, but the grandmother died before she could finish it. Now...20+ years later...the pastor’s wife daughter is expecting and I was asked to complete it. I was able to duplicate her pattern... but had NO clue as to how to join them.

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Wednesday 12th of January 2022

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Marilyn E Tippett

Friday 1st of March 2019

I've been all over trying to find just the right border. I'm a little obsessive! 12 Ways to Join will keep me busy for a long time! I'm ready to go! Energized!

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Saturday 2nd of March 2019

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Barbara

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Thank you so much for your instructions... Your zig-zag tutorial made my poncho possible. (a little unconventional). Might you be willing to share any advice on the best way to apply this method of joining in the bottom edge? There will be only one layer of fabric at this point. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Carol

Monday 20th of February 2017

Excellent information on joining granny squares. Thank you!