Crochet Join as You Go Method – Easy Video Tutorial to Connect Granny Squares to Blanket

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Learn how to crochet the “Join as you go” Method when connecting granny squares to make a blanket with this detailed tutorial which includes a video as well.

“I don’t like sewing by hand”, says pretty much every crocheter. We don’t really like to sew in our ends or connect pieces using a sewing needle. Makes sense. Cause crocheting with a hook is faster and much easier than dealing with a tiny needle. So in order to finish a blanket using granny squares there is luckily more than just one method to connect all the pieces permanently. And without depending on having to sew them. YAY!

This method is called “Join As You Go” and is sometimes abbreviated as “JAYGO”. It’s widely popular in the crochet community to connect pieces together to make usually blankets. But this technique can be used for any patterns that need pieces to be connected, e.g. bags, shawls, and even hats.

Join as you go Crochet Tutorial Blanket Granny Square Joining Method

Without any further ado let’s get right into the nitty and gritty of this beautiful and detailed stitch.

The Ultimate Guide to Crocheting the “Join As You Go” Method

With this technique, you can connect crochet squares or geometrically shaped pieces by crocheting them together without adding additional rounds to each piece.

You simply crochet an unfinished piece, such as a granny square, to a finished square using slip stitches at certain points of the pattern. Those points are different, depending on the pieces that need to be connected. But most often, the connecting points are where you see chain spaces.

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How do Crochet the “Join As You Go” Method
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Crochet “Join As You Go” Method – Written Tutorial

Grab your favorite yarn (I used Dishie Yarn from WeCrochet) and hook (I used a Furls Crochet Hook size 4.0mm) and let’s crochet together, shall we? Above you have the video tutorial which is more detailed. But let me show you a written and photo tutorial for this.

Although you can use the “Join As You Go” Method for almost any geometrically shaped piece, I would like to use a traditional granny square to explain this technique. In fact, I used this traditional granny square to crochet a cute baby blanket in about 2 hours.

Step 1 of the “Join As You Go” Method

First, have one granny square finished 100% completely. Even weave in your ends already, even if you don’t like to. Then finish a second granny square almost till the end, having exactly one side not done – including half two corners, as you can see on the picture below.

Step 2: Connecting the Granny squares with a slip stitch

In this traditional granny square, you would typically crochet a chain of 1 or 2 in the corner. But when you use the JATGO method, you will skip that chain and make a slip stitch to the chain space in the corner of the finished granny square.

Then you will finish the corner of the unfinished granny square. In this example, it’s 3 double crochet stitches.

Joining 2 granny squares with crochet hook and slip stitch

Step 3: Continue replacing chains with slip stitches and finish the unfinished granny square

Now, slip stitch to the next chain space of the finished granny square, instead of making a chain on the unfinished square. Then crochet the next part of the unfinished granny square. In this example it would be 3 dc stitches in the next chain space.

Continue this pattern along the unfinished granny square, until you hit the corner.

joining 2 granny squares while crocheting the Join As You Go Method

Step 4: Connect the next Granny Square

Once you reach the corner, you will connect the next unfinished granny square using the same technique. Always skip crocheting the chain and replacing it with slip stitches to the already finished granny square.

Ideally, when making a granny square blanket with many squares, you have one finished granny square and the rest of the granny squares are unfinished before starting the “Join As You Go” Method. That way it’s much faster to finish the blanket and you will have less yarn to weave in in the end.

Finsihed Join as You Go Method Granny Square combination

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