12 Ways to Join Granny Squares

Here are 12 Ways to Join Granny Squares. If you've ever wondered how to attach granny squares here are 12 options. Take your pick!How do you join Granny Squares?  It sounds like the first line of a joke.

When I shared the Here’s My Heart Pattern I mentioned that I had made a number of my own granny squares. –Just following my own muse. I made them in 2006,  so I found myself  8 years later wondering where they could be.  The hunt was on but surprisingly short.  They were tucked away in a plastic bin across the hall in my crafting studio.  (So glad I didn't have to descend to the basement; a nightmare it needs cleaning.)

 

I was very happy to see them but soon realized I had just been ‘hooked’ on making granny squares at the time and hadn't considered a purpose for them.  I’d made 48 squares. I decided the easiest thing to do would be an afghan.  I may need to make a few more squares, but fortunately I still have bits of similar yarn lurking about.  (In the basement – ugh.)
Update:  Come and get the latest granny square patterns at my new blog: Crochetalot.com.

Here are 12 Ways to Join Granny Squares. If you've ever wondered how to attach granny squares here are 12 options. Take your pick!

I had to decide how to join them.  As I researched it I found that there are many ways and lovely videos and instructions out there.  So I decided to take a little time and share some of them with you.
In no particular order of preference:

1.  slip stitch

Here are 12 Ways to Join Granny Squares. If you've ever wondered how to attach granny squares here are 12 options. Take your pick!

Link:  Attic 24

2.  Lattice Method

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Carina's Craft Blog

 3.  Flat Braid Crochet

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Gourmet Crochet

4.  Join as You Go

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Sarah London on Flicker

 5.  Celtic Lace Join

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link: Baby Love Brand

6.  Flat Crochet Seam

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Look What I Made

 

7.  Invisible Seam (sewing)

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Do You Mind if I Knit

8.  Single Crochet

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Wonder How to

9.  Back Loop Sewing

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Bunny Mummy

10.  Single Crochet with Chains

Baking Outside the Box: pt 1 'The Lost Granny Squares' , joining tutorial roundup.

Link:  Crochet Cabana

11.  Whip Stitch

Link: Craftyminx on vimeo

12. Backstitch   (example has knitted blocks but I've used it for crochet as well.)

Simply Stylish Knitting

So what did I choose?   Drum roll, please:  In the end I chose # 4  --Joining as you go -- for my afghan project.  Mostly for sentimental reasons.  Ages ago my mom was given a beautiful pillow made of  granny squares joined  with black yarn.  It always looked like stained glass to me.  'The Lost Granny Squares' part 2 will be coming soon!

 

 

12 thoughts on “12 Ways to Join Granny Squares

  1. […] and such) and decide a pattern/color order. When desided you can start joining all the squares, here is a nice blog about different kinds of joining. Back then I choose for option 10, single crochet with chains. Now […]

  2. Thanks for posting this! I’m starting a project where I’m collecting 6 inch and 12 inch squares from friends and family (knitted or crocheted). I’ve done the mattress stitch on knitted squares before, but crochet is new to me, so this really helps. Thanks!

  3. love this page 🙂 making my first granny squares so i think i`ll try number 4 or 7 to join.

  4. Connue Nixon says:

    Thank you. I’m making 12X12 granny squares in cotton 4 for an afghan. I can’t wait to see which way to join. Think the Irish lace or the braid.

  5. Alexandra says:

    The link for #11 & 12 doesn’t work. Do you have an updated URL? Thanks

  6. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! I’ve been crocheting since I was 14(40 years!) and I always avoided doing granny squares due to the fact I never learned the right way, ending up frustrated, and never finishing.

    You have changed my future!~:)
    God bless you!

  7. love the flat braid…it was so beautiful…the afghan is for my bff and I know she will love it thanks for the patterns. would love the pattern for #5 grannies please.

  8. PinkJuliette says:

    These are fabulous! I just love the Celtic Lace. 🙂 But I will be trying the flat Braid first, because I am on a deadline — Crochet Sisters at my Church are making afghans, to be finished this week! I have a bunch of 10 inch squares, and was not looking forward to the sewing part. Now I can use crochet to join, thanks!

  9. Thank you so much, this was i “lifesaver”! I had promised an afghan as a gift for my cousin, I had 90 sqares, and….panic! Until I found your excellent collection! I have finished the first with 45 sqares, using nr 2, it is lovely, but a bot too…loose(I made quite big sqares!), so with the next one, I now use nr 4 🙂 But, nr 5 will be my next project, it is just stunning beautiful! Again, thank you so much!
    -Kristin 🙂

  10. I love your website. I learned to crochet granny squares, when I first started to crochet, about 13 years ago. No one, who crocheted, wanted to be “bothered” with putting squares together. I always have projects WIP that are grannies and enjoy learning new designs. Can’t wait to try your grannies this week. I’m so glad I found your terrific website. Laurie

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