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How to join granny squares with a double crochet.
Easy joining technique that creates a beautiful little ridge around your squares, framing your work and show casing those gorgeous little grannies. Instructions use a double crochet (dc) english terminology.... this translates to a single crochet (sc) if using American terminology.

Posted by yarnyrobin from Stourbridge, England, United Kingdom • Published See yarnyrobin's 3 projects »
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  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 1
    Step 1

    To join two rows take 2 squares, and place them together so that the corners align. The front of squares should be facing outwards….(the back of one square should be facing the back of the other square)

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 2
    Step 2

    With the joining yarn, pull through a loop. Leave a long tail (for weaving in later!) and for now just hold securely behind your work, until you have made a few stitches.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 3
    Step 3

    Ch1, then dc in the same space. Taking the hook through both squares, as shown.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 4
    Step 4

    taking the hook through both squares stitches; dc in each of the next 4sts, then dc in space,

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 5
    Step 5

    dc in next 4sts, then dc in space.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 6
    Step 6

    your squares are now joined, but do not fasten off. If you open your squares out you will notice that there is a little ridge along the one side….this is the front side of your work.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 7
    Step 7

    The back of your work will look like this.
    Top tip, always note the front and back of your work…it is soul destroying to find out that you have some ridges on the front and some on the back of your work; then spending ages having to unpick all that hard work!!

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 8
    Step 8

    Taking two more squares, align corners as before… front sides facing out, and ridge of previous squares facing up! Dc in corner space, then dc in next 4sts, dc in space, dc in next 4 sts.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 9
    Step 9

    Repeat this process until you have joined two rows of squares. Fasten off at the end and leave a long tail again!

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 10
    Step 10

    As you can see, the squares are just joined along one side.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 11
    Step 11

    Put to one side and repeat the process

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 12
    Step 12

    Next lay out the double rows adjacent to each other. The next stage is to join the double rows together horizontally. With right sides facing up (ridge side up), align the squares adjacent to one another.
    On the right edge, pull through a loop in the corner space with your joining yarn, ch1, dc in same space. Dc in next 4sts, dc in space, dc in next 4 sts.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 13
    Step 13

    Continue along the row, making sure 1dc is placed in each st and in each space. Fasten off as before at the end of the row, remembering to leave a long tail for weaving in purposes.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 14
    Step 14

    Your next task is to join the squares vertically. I found this easier to do by flipping the work around and hooking the verticals, horizontally…if that makes sense!! As in the picture above… the completed joining ridge you can see is the horizontal join previously completed.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 15
    Step 15

    The process is the same… with chosen joining yarn (leaving a long tail, ch1 in edge corner space, dc in same space, 1dc in next 4 sts, dc in space, 1 dc in next 4sts, dc in corner space…as above.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 16
    Step 16

    Taking hook over the top of horizontal ridge, dc in next corner space as shown and repeat. Making a dc in each space and in each st along. Making sure to take the hook over any horizontal ridges before placing a dc in the following corner space.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 17
    Step 17

    Repeat process for each vertical run.

  • How to crochet a granny square. How To Join With A Double Crochet - Step 18
    Step 18

    Then weave in those ends, ready to border.
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