If you’ve been knitting along with the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, your afghan blocks are probably starting to pile up. You might be the kind of person who knits up all their blocks, then at the end, lays them all out and arranges them into the perfect combination, THEN joins them all up. I’m not that person, I want to start joining them all up as I go. I like to feel like I am making progress. That way, when I abandon a project, I feel like I COULD just pick up and finish that project at any time. I probably won’t…..but I TOTALLY could! 😉
Here are two methods for joining your blocks (and I apologize in advance for the color differences in the photos. It’s what happens when I take photos at varying times of the day….someday this will be one of those picture perfect blogs we all LOVE on Pinterest. Yeah! Right! 😉 )….
Single Crochet Join:
This is my “go to” method for joining all my crochet blocks. Since I’ve never really joined knit blocks, I wasn’t really sure this method would work. In my mind, I kept thinking why WOULDN’T it work? Here’s the GREAT thing about a KAL….Before I even had a chance to “experiment” with this method one of our crafty ladies had already tested out the method in the exact way I thought it should be done! Thanks so much Penny! You may already have read Penny’s tips, but I thought I’d add a few photos for anyone who’s a “visual learner”.
If you want your join on the WRONG side of your blanket, place 2 blocks with RIGHT sides together. OR. If you want your join on the RIGHT side of your blanket, place 2 blocks with WRONG side together. Insert crochet hook into the edge stitch of each block (held together).
Bring a loop of working yarn through both blocks making a slip stitch to secure. Continue on single crocheting loosely over the edges of both blocks.
The great thing about this method is it looks good on either the Right OR Wrong side of your work.
A very nice join. Unless, of course, you don’t crochet (although, this would be a good way to learn….).
Even though I knit AND sew, I’ve never felt like I ever had a “really good” method for sewing knitting together (this might be the reason I like knitting in the round….). I’ll never forget the first hat I “seamed” up using a type of “whip stitch”….let’s just say, it wasn’t good! 😉 After playing around with this join though, I find I’m liking it more and more (I “might” even be considering using this join for my blanket….).
Start by placing two blocks RIGHT sides up on good working surface (the floor, a table or even your lap….).
Using the tails of your blocks (or a new section of yarn, if you prefer…), thread into a darning needle.
You’ll be seaming in the knit edge of each block, starting from the back of the block to the front, tightening as you seam.
This make a nice, invisible seam too!
Here’s the question….which joining method will you choose?