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How to Join Crochet Squares Together With Slip Stitch

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There are quite a few different ways to join crocheted squares together. In this tutorial, we'll go over one useful method to know: how to join squares using slip stitch.

Materials Needed:

  • You'll need two elements to join. I'm demonstrating the technique by joining a couple of afghan squares, but you could use this technique to join other things such as the seams on garments.


  • I recommend using the same crochet hook you used to crochet your squares / pieces.


  • To crochet the join, you'll most likely want to use a yarn color that matches your squares. I'm using a contrasting color so you can see what I'm doing, but if I were going to join these squares permanently I would choose either dark blue or purple for crocheting the join -- because those are the colors used in the outermost rounds of the squares I am joining. For best results, use yarn (or crochet thread) that is the same fiber and same general weight as your squares.

You can click any of the photos in this tutorial to enlarge them.

Instructions:

Starting to Crochet a Slip Stitch
Photo © Michael Solovay

Because the slip stitch join is asymmetrical, I recommend working from the wrong side. Technically, it would be possible to join the squares from the right side of the work, but the asymmetry won't be noticeable from the wrong side, whereas it would be on the front.

Hold your squares together with the wrong sides facing outward and the right sides facing each other, as pictured. Decide which loops you want to work through. You'll get different results, depending which loops you choose.

For this tutorial, I am working through the outer loops, meaning that when I hold the work facing me I am working through the front loop of the square closest to me, and the back loop of the square farthest from me. If you'd prefer to work through the inner loops, you could do that instead. Either way will give you a reasonably sleek join. Do not work through all four loops, unless you want a hefty (and uncomfortable!) join with an obvious ridge on the wrong side where the pieces are joined.

Insert your crochet hook into your chosen loops, as pictured. Unwind a bit of yarn and prepare to pull up a loop; you'll want to leave at least six inches of yarn at the end to be woven in after you are finished joining your squares.

 

Pulling up a Loop
Photo © Michael Solovay

Hook your yarn and pull it through the loops on both squares.

 

Photo © Michael Solovay

Here's how it looks when you've pulled up your loop.

 

Crocheting a Slip Stitch for Joining Afghan Squares
Photo © Michael Solovay

Insert your hook into the next set of loops to be worked. Grab the yarn with your hook...

 

Crocheting a Slip Stitch for Joining Afghan Squares
Photo © Michael Solovay

and pull it up through the loops to form the next slip stitch.

 

Crocheting a Slip Stitch for Joining Afghan Squares
Photo © Michael Solovay

Here's how it looks when you've finished that step.

 

Crocheting a Slip Stitch for Joining Afghan Squares
Photo © Michael Solovay

Repeat those steps across the entire piece, working more slip stitches all the way across, as follows:

Insert your hook into the next set of loops to be worked. Grab the yarn with your crochet hook...

 

Crocheting a Slip Stitch for Joining Afghan Squares
Photo © Michael Solovay

and pull up a loop.

 

A Completed Slip Stitch
Photo © Michael Solovay

Here's how it looks now that the second slip stitch is complete.

 

Crocheted Slip Stitches
Photo © Michael Solovay

Keep crocheting slip stitches until you've worked your way all the way across.

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