Part 2 of the “Joining Crochet Squares” series is a tutorial for joining your squares with a (sc, ch 1, skip 1) join. You can read Part 1 HERE if you need help deciding on layout, choosing colours, etc.
I will be joining the squares diagonally, so you should also get a fairly good idea of how diagonal joining works. This joining method is adapted slightly from the method my granny (on my father’s side) uses.
It yields a flat seam on the front of your work that will look like little stitches. On the back of your work the seam will be raised, but not as much as if you had made a sc in each stitch. This seam is reasonably elastic and would lend itself very well to attaching squares with different stitch counts.
It is very similar to this Visible Join by Zelna Oliver from Zooty Owl.
If you use the same colour for joining as for the last round of your squares, the stitches will form a helix-like pattern.
Joining Crochet Squares Diagonally Using (Sc, ch 1, skip 1) Join
For the purposes of this tutorial I will only be joining 4 squares to each other.
In Part 1 of this series I spoke about deciding on your layout, so you should already know in which order you would like to attach your squares.
To join on the diagonal, you will start with the bottom right square (bottom left if you are left-handed) – the square with the purple center below. You will be attaching it to the square above it first (yellow center), followed by the square directly next to it (pink center) – see black arrows below.
So flip the square above the corner square over onto the corner square so that their right sides are facing each other.
With a slip knot already on your hook and starting in the corner space, make a sc through both layers of the ch space. Ch 1 (Photo 1). Insert your hook into the first st of the square closest to you (indicated with an arrow in Photo 1). Insert your hook into the second st of the square furthest away from you (indicated with an arrow in Photo 2 and illustrated in Photo 3). Make a sc through both layers.
*Ch 1 (Photo 4), skip the next st of both layer, and sc through the next st of both layers (Photo 5).*
Repeat from * to * until you get to the next corner space.
It doesn’t matter if you have an even number of stitches or an odd number. If you have an even number of stitches, your last sc before the corner will fall in the second to last sc of the side for the top layer, and in the last sc of the side for the bottom layer. If you have an uneven number of stitches, your last sc before the corner will fall in the last sc of the side for the top layer and in the second to last sc of the side for the bottom layer.
Insert your hook into the corner space of the top square (indicated with an “a” below) and then insert it into the corner space of the bottom square (indicated with a “b” below). Make a sc through both layers and ch 1 (Photo 2). Make a sc through the first st of the top layer and the second st of the bottom layer (Photo 3). *Ch 1, skip the next st of both layers, and sc through the next st of both layers*. Repeat until you get to the corner space. (Sc, ch 1) in the corner space. Fasten off and pull the ch st tight to form a little knot (Photo 5).
Before you can join the last side, you need to anchor your work to the corner created when you joined the first (purple) square to the other two (yellow and pink). To do this, sl st into the ch-1 space at the corner of the join from the previous squares. When you have made the sl st, ch 1. This is your corner made.
Continue with the (sc, ch 1, skip 1) seam as before. When you have joined this last side, fasten off as before and open up your square.
This method of joining 4 squares to each other is what I will be using to join my afghan for the Block a Week CAL 2014. I will be telling you more about these 4-squares in Part 5 of this series.
If you are using this method to attach 9 or more squares, you will continue adding squares in a diagonal fashion, like steps. You will always start joining top right (top left if you are left-handed) and end bottom left (bottom right if you are left-handed).
Just to remind you what I have in store for the next fortnight:
- Part 1: Preparing to Join Your Afghan
- Part 2: (Sc, ch 1, skip 1) Join – This Post
- Part 3: Different ways to Join – a comprehensive list of joining techniques
- Part 4: Joining Squares With Different Stitch Counts
- Part 5: Making Foursquares
- Bonus: Betty’s Beautiful Border