Joining crochet squares with a visible, contrasting seam
There are many ways to join crochet squares and motifs together. One interesting idea is joining crochet squares with a visible seam. Often we don’t want our seams to show, but if you like the idea of outlining your squares for visual impact, then this joining method is for you!
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What supplies will I need to crochet this seam?
First off, you will need crochet motifs, or small crochet pieces, to join together. If you don’t already have those, I suggest the small, solid granny squares that I used in the video for this tutorial. I have both written and video instructions for these squares.
You will also need yarn, of course. I suggest using yarn that is similar to that used in your crochet squares. I used Cascade Yarns ReVerb for mine. You will need a crochet hook, ideally the same one that you used to crochet your squares. I recommend Furls Streamline crochet hooks.
What can I make with this visible joining method?
Lots of things! For starters, I used this visible seaming technique for the crochet squares in my free pattern, Ramona Scarf, which you can see below. You can get this free crochet infinity scarf pattern here.
You can also use this visible joining technique for any crochet squares or motifs for other projects like blankets, pillows, scarfs, ponchos, and more! Any crochet project in which you would like to outline your squares is a great choice for this joining method.
I have a lovely fall throw blanket crochet pattern that would be another candidate for this joining method. You can get the free Fall Feels Throw Blanket pattern here.
What stitches or techniques will I need to know?
When joining crochet squares with a visible seam you will need to know how to join your yarn with a single crochet and how to work a single crochet stitch through two layers at the same time. If you need a refresher on the single crochet stitch, you can view a quick video for that stitch here. You will also need to know how to fasten off, and how to chain.
All of those stitches and skills are demonstrated in the video below, so you will get all the help you need!
Sow how do I join crochet squares this way?
Once you’ve determined the placement for your squares you’ll start with two adjacent columns of squares. Take the two squares that are at the bottom of those two columns. Place them wrong sides together with the edge that needs to be seamed facing up.
Place a slip knot of the appropriate yarn on your crochet hook and place your crochet hook through the first two stitches (or maybe chains or chain spaces, depending on your square) along the edge to be joined. Yarn over, pull a loop through the two stitches, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. That’s how you join with a single crochet stitch.
Next, you place your hook through the next two stitches, yarn over, pull through both stitches, yarn over, and pull through both loops on your hook. Repeat that across the two squares. Once you’ve joined all the stitches of that set of squares, chain 1, pick up the next two squares in those two columns, place them with wrong sides together, and work single crochet stitches across this set of squares just as you did for the first set. Repeat that until you’ve joined all the squares of those two columns in order.
Then you will join the third column of squares in order to the second column of squares, then the fourth, and so on until all of the columns are joined.
Now all of your squares are joined, but you have a lot of holes! Now you’ll go back and join the rows, just as you did the columns, chaining 1 at each set of corners.
You’ll have fastened off at the end of each column or row, so now it’s time to weave in several ends. Lastly, you’ll want to edge your piece with at least a round of single crochet to make a pleasing edge.
And if that was clear as mud, no worries, you can see it in video below.
Joining crochet squares with a visible seam video tutorial
Watch below to learn how to join the squares for the Ramona Scarf, or for any other project you are doing that would look nice with a visible seam.
There we go! What did you think about joining crochet squares this way? Are you happy with your visible seam? Did you try it in a contrasting color, or something neutral, or more similar to your squares?
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