Seaming Crochet Granny Squares
There’s been a whole heap of love for the rainbow baby blanket that I gifted over the weekend, both here and over on my instagram feed.
It’s so awesome to make something that really is as loved as much as you’d hoped.
The very best part is that making a blanket from a few carefully crochet granny squares is pretty straight forward, or rather once you get started it’s plain sailing. I’m not even kidding. Using a simple crochet stitch to join the seams is a quick and easy way to make a pretty feature of seams. Even better news…this works for both crochet and knitted squares – or even combination of the two. Magic, huh?! OK, it’s not really magic – but it is a great way to join sections – if you’re using knit and crochet squares, try working with pieces that are roughly the same yarn weight and that are around the same size – this will give neater results. If you take the time to block all of the squares before you begin you’ll find creating the seams a complete walk in the park.
Here’s how to crochet joining seams
You’ll need a heap of granny squares, with all the yarn ends woven in and blocked neatly, yarn for seaming (in similar weight to the granny square) – I like to pick something that stands out against the stitches, but any colour will work– crochet hook in correct size for the yarn.
Align the two sides to be joined and, starting with the lower point where the two corners meet, join together with a slip stitch working through the stitch in the corner of both squares. With the yarn secured, pass the hook through the next stitch on each of the squares.
Wrap the yarn around the hook and bring it back through the stitches on both squares to the right side. There will now be two loops of yarn on the crochet hook.
Pass the yarn over the hook again and draw this though the to loops on the hook to make a stitch. One loop of yarn will be left on the hook, ready for the hook to be passed through the next stitch.
Continue working in this way, passing the hook through the next stitch on each square, wrapping the yarn and drawing it though to the right side. Then wrapping the yarn again and making a stitch.
You might like to have the two squares placed flat next to each other, so that you can be sure that you’re passing the hook through the corresponding stitches on each square. I like to hold them together, with right sides outermost, as when the squares have been blocked it’s pretty easy to see where the stitches need to be worked -but, the way you hold it is entirely up to you!
Once you’ve reached the end of the two squares work a slip stitch through the corner stitches of the two squares to secure. You can either secure the yarn, cut it and work on the next seam, or position next two squares that will be joined along that seamline and continue working the seam, adding in more squares as you go.
Before you know it the squares will be all seamed neatly together and the blanket will be ready to gift or to use!