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Friday, March 11, 2011

The Double Crochet Connection



The Double Crochet Joining Stitch

I love this stitch for connecting granny squares. It makes a great border, does a great job of linking all the squares together and is easy to do. One great idea: Use it to join sweater arms to the body of your sweater. It will give you a super flexible joint and will look very old school and yet futuristic.

The double crochet joining stitch is a double crochet (dc) stitch that is worked in two directions so that you can join two pieces. To start this stitch, slip stitch with your color in the corner space of the granny square. Chain 2.

The chain 2 will act as your first double crochet. Now yarn over and grab your other piece. In this example I will have both pieces laying on the same side, but you can do it either way depending on the pattern your following and the look you're going for. 




After you yarn over, insert your hook in the corner space of the other granny square, pull up a loop and complete a double crochet stitch.










This completes your first connection! For each subsequant chain you will add a double crochet to the next chain of the first square, then do the same with the next chain of the other square.


Here's a picture of your next Double crochet, notice that it's on the bottom. You'll need to keep alternating, bottom then top, bottom then top. Don't skip stitches as it'll make your piece pucker.


Adding a dc to the top square




Ok, I think you get the idea. Keep going!










I made a huge Queen sized granny square blanket using this connection technique and I still love it. I used squares of different colors and added the double crochet joining stitch in black which made the color pop even more.

When crocheting multiple squares together there are two techniques you can use. For either method, make sure to have your pattern handy so that you remember in which order the squares should be assembled.

(1)You can crochet each horizontal row together (they will flop about since the vertical rows will not be crocheted together yet). After crocheting each horizontal row would then turn everything 90 degrees and crochet down each vertical row.

(2) Pick a square to be your starting square. Double crochet connect all squares around the outside of the starting square. When you reach a corner you will double crochet in the corner as the final stitch for the square your working with, then again as the beginning stitch for the next square. So each square will end up having two double crochet stitches. Once you've finished going around the starting square, select one of the squares you've just attached and crochet around 3 sides to connect the next 3 squares. I like to add by rows - I find it is easier to keep track of the pattern and to which squares are not yet fully attached.

For areas where all four squares connect, you can make them a bit tighter by either slip stitching both double crochet connections together,or taking your hook out of you loop, wrapping it around the double crochet connection that's already there, inserting your hook in your look again and pulling through. This will ensure both double crochet connects are attached to each other and will make these corners stronger. (**I've also seen people make flowers and sew them in these spots to add strength and a little of visual appeal)

In either of the above two techniques, you can also add a a boarder, but remember to increase by 3 stitches around corners or they will curl on you. To finish off, just sew in all the ends. 

As always, if you try this one out, send me pictures!!! Find me on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CrochetByKarin/134647016599101 or Twitter as cbkarin
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