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, as well as these resources:

Bluprint Craftsy Joining Crochet Motifs
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs
Join As You Go Seamless Crochet Techniques

Free Pattern: Thread Crochet Heart Necklace

Show your love with this thread crochet heart necklace. It takes just a few yards of crochet thread and can be stitched up in less than an hour.

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Red Thread Crochet Heart Necklace crochet pattern by Edie Eckman
This necklace used Aunt Lydia Classic 10, color Victory Red.

The heart necklace pictured measures about 16″ [40.5 cm] long. Each heart measures about 1″ [2.5 cm] wide x 1″ [2.5 cm] high. However, you can easily adjust the size by adding or subtracting hearts or chains at the beginning and end of the heart sequence. The pattern uses American crochet terminology. Check out Crochet: Basics & Beyond if you need help.

Materials

Cotton Crochet Thread size 10. Samples used:
(A) Red Heart Classic 10, color Victory Red
(B) Aunt Lydia Classic 10, color 332 Hot Pink
(C) Nazli Gelin Garden 10

Size B-1 [2.25 mm] crochet hook

One small button for necklace closure

Pink Thread Crochet Heart Necklace crochet pattern by Edie Eckman
This necklace used Aunt Lydia Classic 10, color Hot Pink.

Abbreviations and Special Stitches

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
2-dc cluster: (Yarn over, insert hook into back bump of ch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops) twice in same chain, yarn over, pull through 3 loops.
2-tr cluster: [Yarn over twice, insert hook into back bump of ch, yarn over, pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops) 2 times] twice in same chain, yarn over, pull through 3 loops.
picot:Ch 3, slip st in 3rd ch from hook and in top of stitch at base of chain.
sc: single crochet
slip st: slip stitch
tr: treble crochet

Gauge

About 15 sc = 2″. Gauge is not crucial in this pattern.

Pink and White Thread Crochet Heart Braid pattern by Edie Eckman
Leave off the chains at the beginning and ends and add beads at the picot points to make a decorative braid. This sample was made with Nazli Gelin Garden.

Necklace Instructions

For a decorate braid, omit the instructions in red.

Thread Crochet Heart Necklace crochet pattern chart by Edie Eckman
thread Crochet Heart Necklace stitch key by Edie Eckman

Row 1: Ch 15, [ch 6, 2-dc cluster in 5th ch from hook] 22 times, ch 20—22 clusters, 57 chains. [Note: There is 1 ch between each ch/2dc cluster.]
Row 2: Turn, sc in 6th ch from hook to form button loop, sc in next 13 ch, *slip st in next ch, ch 2, skip 1 cluster (2-dc cluster, ch 1, 2-tr cluster, picot, tr, ch 1, 2-dc cluster) in next ch, ch 2, slip st in base of next cluster; rep from * 10 more times, slip st in next ch, sc in each ch to end.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

Try on necklace. Using tail, sew button on end opposite button loop, adjusting to fit.

What would happen if you used a bigger yarn and the same pattern to make a scarf? If you try it, please let us know!

More Ideas

Get more ideas for thread crochet necklaces and braids by browsing Around the Corner Crochet Borders and Every Which Way Crochet Borders. You’ll find hundreds of crochet borders than can easily turn into necklaces, scarves and more!