Friday, March 11, 2011

The Double Crochet Connection



The Double Crochet Joining Stitch
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Terminology: YO= yarn over, DC = double crochet, Sl St = slip 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. 

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!

Ok, so for the next one you won't have a ch-2 to work from so you'll need to first DC in you bottom square and then in the top. One thing about the double crochet connection- It's actually a DC decrease stitch except you're working in two different squares. I'll show you what I mean:


In the above photo, you've begun a double crochet, but haven't finished it.
What you've done: yarned over, inserted hook, pull up a loop, yarned over, pull through 2 loops. There are still 2 loops on your hook and that's how we want it. Now repeat the process except in the above square, just like this:


Next, YO and pull through all 3 loops to complete the DC.
Why do we do this?
1. It makes the rib that runs along the top point up and look prettier.
2. It's tighter so your blanket will be less loose/floppy.

So repeat across until you get to the end:


As you can see, I've already started my corner. Now I know, most people will work their squares together in rows. Meaning, they do all the horizontal rows and then turn and work the vertical rows. The problem with this is always - what do you do when you get to the intersections of 4 squares? My solution is to work around corners instead of rows. By doing this, your blanket is easier to work with and the intersections look prettier. So if you look at my example picture, I've added arrows to show you how you'd crochet the next set of squares:


(Yes, my arrows are horrible. That's why I type :) ). Ok, so you can see each additional addition is added like steps. And by the end you'll reach the opposite corner of your blanket and be done.

The next question is, how to do that intersection. Here's the first one:


First add a DC in the corner - this will help prevent puckering.


Next, add you first DC connection stitch - remember not to finish the DC until you add the second square:

Great, now just continue across and FO (fasten off )

Next, start on your next square and get to the intersection:


Good Job!! So we're going to be working the other side of the 4-corner intersection. For this one, I'm not a big fan of gaps so I work a 3 corner DC connection to make sure the corner stays pulled together. This is how I do it:


So first add your DC starter stitch in the 1st corner



Next, we add a second DC starter in the 2nd corner.


And then, the 3rd corner - this completes the turn so you can YO and pull through all loops


After this you can continue on like so:


And voila! You've created your blanket. Just slap a border on it and it's done!



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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