Join-As-You-Go Crochet with Flat Join

Two granny squares joined with flat join using join-as-you-go

Using a join-as-you-go method to join crochet motifs is a great way to save time and effort.

With join-as-you-go, you don’t have any seaming to do at the end of the project, because you have joined all your individual pieces as your work. The flat join method of join-as-you-go gives a particularly beautiful and smooth connection.

Flat joins can be worked into chain spaces or into the top of stitches. With granny squares, the joins are usually worked into the chain-spaces.

Follow these step-by-step instructions, or scroll down to the bottom of the post for a video explanation.

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Join-As-You-Go Granny Square

We’ll be joining a classic granny square that has chain-2 corners and chain-1 side spaces. My sample square has three rounds.

Begin by working the entire first square. Weave in the ends.

Crochet the second square, stopping before you work the last round.

Two granny squares: one complete and one incomplete

Begin working the last round of the second square, stopping when you get to the half-way point of a corner. In other words, stop after “3 dc in corner space, ch 1”.

Stitch diagram for joined grannies

Flat Join Join-As-You-Go

To work a flat join, draw up the loop on the hook until it is a bit longer than usual, then take the hook out of the loop. This is known as “dropping the loop”.

flat join, step 1: Insert hook from RS to WS into first square

Pick up the first square with the right side facing. Insert the hook from right side to wrong side (from front to back) through a corner chain-2 space.

flat join, step 2: Pick up dropped loop and pull it through

Pick up the dropped loop with your hook and draw it through to the right side of the first square.

Flat join, step 3: Continue on current square

Continue working on current square: ch 1, 3 dc in same space.

Completed joins

Continue working flat joins in the chain-1 spaces along this side, while working (3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-1 space of the current square. The last flat join will be in the chain-2 corner space.

Completing the Square

Once the squares are joined all along their sides, keep working along the remaining sides of the current square to complete the round.

Learn More About Join-As-You-Go

Join-as-you-go is such a time- and effort-saving technique! There’s a lot more to learn about this topic. If you want to make your crocheting life happier, check out my books and pattern page.

Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern

Hundreds of tiny triangle motifs come together to create a lacy play of positive and negative space in the Eulerian Triangles Shawl. And surprisingly, there are only six ends to weave in at the end of the project!

Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern by Edie Eckman view 2

You don’t have to understand the mathematical concept that makes this possible. That work has been done for you. All you have to do is obey the instructions and follow the path that is set out for you.

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Eulerian Paths

Eulerian graph
Eulerian trail Sevenstar [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]

In case you are wondering:

“In graph theory, an Eulerian trail (or Eulerian path) is a trail in a finite graph which visits every edge exactly once. Similarly, an Eulerian circuit or Eulerian cycle is an Eulerian trail which starts and ends on the same vertex. They were first discussed by Leonhard Euler while solving the famous Seven Bridges of K√∂nigsberg problem in 1736. ” -Wikipedia

Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern by Edie Eckman

While this may not be a true Eulerian path/circuit/whatever, the idea is that you can start crocheting in one place, make partial triangles on a predetermined path, then come back and finish the triangles. All of this is accomplished without ever breaking the yarn.

Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern by Edie Eckman view 3

It’s easier to understand when the pattern is in front of you, and the yarn and hook are in your hand!

The Yarn

Stunning String yarn color Spring Iris

The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn in three colors. You’ll need about 435 yds [398 m] each of colors A and B and approximately 230 yds [210 m] of color C.

For the sample, I used Stunning String Twinkle, which has a nice little bit of metallic sparkle. It took one skein each Spring Iris (A, pictured here), Plum Frost (B), and Regal Purple (C). Stunning String even has kits available for $75, which include both the pattern and the yarn pictured.

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While you can use any fingering weight yarn, keep in mind that the shawl will need to be blocked fairly aggressively to show off the openwork. The fiber content of the yarn will play a role in your blocking.

Also, because of the path the yarn takes, a color-change yarn may be not be the best choice. One pattern tester found that her initial short color-change yarn obliterated the pattern. Another found that her long color-change yarn worked fine up to a point, but toward the end it created a problem. Therefore, I suggest you use a solid color yarn for each of the three colors. (I’m making a second shawl in Stunning String Stunning Superwash.)

The Pattern

First page of Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern by Edie Eckman

The crochet pattern instructions are written out and charted. A special feature is the color-coding, which maps the portion of the chart you are working on to the color of the text you are following. The pattern testers really loved this feature.

For visual learners, there’s a video tutorial to help you understand the special techniques. While the only stitches used are slip stitch, chain, and double crochet, this is not a pattern suitable for beginners. Intermediate and experienced crocheters, however, will revel in the challenge.

If you like the images you see here, thank photographer Kellie Nuss. She did an amazing job of showing the lacy negative space between the triangles!

Eulerian Triangles Shawl Crochet Pattern by Edie Eckman view 1

This is the most fun I’ve had designing something in a long time. I do hope you’ll try it yourself.

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If you are interested in learning more about continuous motifs, read my book Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs .