Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sewing Granny Squares Together



There are two basic approaches to sewing two crocheted pieces together: Weaving and Whip Stitch. Both will produce a strong joint between two pieces. Weaving is more 'invisible,' but is also more time consuming. The whip stitch allows the two pieces to move and shift which I find to be a more comfortable option for clothing joints - However, you'll want to test them all out yourselves to determine which technique will work best for you.

Weaving

Weaving is great when you don't want it to be obvious that you sewed to pieces together. The two pieces will look like they are lying next to each other, without it being apparent how they are connected.

In this example I am using a different color thread to increase visibility, in real application you will want to use the same color yarn so that your weaving is not noticeable.

Ok, so take your two pieces and line them side by side. You should have the same side laying face up. You'll know they are the same side because one side will show the top of the chains around the edge and the other won't. The below picture shows the two pieces lying with the chains side up:


The red string will be our 'weaving' thread. This is for demonstration purposes only. Typically you will weave in your tail before beginning or you may use one of the tails of string from your project - just leave enough to sew in a side or two before you cut. To weave you insert your needle in one chain and slip in side ways, underneath the junction of two chains in to the other chain. Pull snug each time.

After each weave stitch, switch to the other piece and weave your needle into the next junction.


Notice how my needle moves forward a little each time. You do not need to weave every junction, its better to move forward a junction to ensure a snug fit.







I'll need to tighten this, but to give you an idea of how to stagger the weaves...













Once you've completed a full row you can progress to another section and sew in a number of squares (or pieces) or you can sew in the left over string - see posting on finishing for pictures of 'sewing in.'


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Whip Stitch

Whip stitch is completed by holding both pieces side by side with the chain sides facing out and sewing around and through each stitch. It's more visible, but also more flexible, allowing your piece to move.





As with the previous example, you'll want to first weave in the tail or use one of the loose strings hanging from your piece. Start by running your needle under the top two loops of one chain and under the top two loops in the adjacent chain stitch. If you're sewing two granny squares together, you'll want to make sure they're lined up exactly to ensure that your edges look straight.










For each new set of side by side chains, run you needle under need the top two loops of both and pull snug - snug is not tight, snug is just tight enough so that the pieces tough - you do not want to make your piece pucker.








If all of your squares are one color, consider using a contrasting color to whip stitch them together. You can also use this color to add a border around the outside of the completed piece.


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