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joining squares with crochet...is there a way to make flat seams?
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Apr 5, 2012 19:29:56   #
starryblu
 
hello to everyone...

just a quick question! is there a way to join squares with crochet, and have the seams lie flat? i've been making knitted dishcloth squares with my scrap yarn. very pretty, and if i use all my scraps, i will have an afghan big enough to cover the whole state of nc lol. anyhoo...

in the past i have joined squares with single crochet or slip stitching. they both work great, but i'd like to find a way around the raised seam i end up with. i also know how to do a mattress stitch, but i would prefer to join with crochet. for some reason the stitching seems very tedious to me. crochet seems to go so much faster.

thanks so much for your help!!
 
Apr 5, 2012 19:34:15   #
mavisb
 
You could try mattress stitch as it lays smooth.
Apr 5, 2012 19:37:45   #
Loistec
 
Hi, there is a lady in England who has a blog filled with ideas for crocheting granny squares. Also a tutorial for joining them as you go along!
Here is a link to her blog:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html

Her tutorials are on the left side as you scroll down.
Good Luck!
Lois
Apr 5, 2012 19:39:35   #
NJgardengal
 
You could join by using chains between the pieces-the way motifs are "joined as you go" for thread work. Basically it is creating a lace insert - open or tight depending on the pattern you use.

Start with a sl st on a corner of one square; chain the number of stitches (more for lacy, fewer for dense) sl st to the 2nd square. You can connect across (corresponding stitch on the 2nd piece) or diagonally (a stitch, or a few, beyond). Then chain and connect with a sl st back to the 1st square.
The pattern can look like filet crochet, or like picot, or mesh with hanging picot..... the choices are infinite.

Does this sound like what you want to create?
Apr 5, 2012 19:53:03   #
starryblu
 
mavisb wrote:
You could try mattress stitch as it lays smooth.



i do like mattress stitch very much! since i learned how to do it, my hats i make turn out so much nicer :o)

Loistec wrote:
Hi, there is a lady in England who has a blog filled with ideas for crocheting granny squares. Also a tutorial for joining them as you go along!
Here is a link to her blog:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html

Her tutorials are on the left side as you scroll down.
Good Luck!
Lois


awesome Lois! thank you so much. imma check it out right away...

ok, just took a quick look, and it looks like a great site!! yay i love learning new stuff!!

NJgardengal wrote:
You could join by using chains between the pieces-the way motifs are "joined as you go" for thread work. Basically it is creating a lace insert - open or tight depending on the pattern you use.

Start with a sl st on a corner of one square; chain the number of stitches (more for lacy, fewer for dense) sl st to the 2nd square. You can connect across (corresponding stitch on the 2nd piece) or diagonally (a stitch, or a few, beyond). Then chain and connect with a sl st back to the 1st square.
The pattern can look like filet crochet, or like picot, or mesh with hanging picot..... the choices are infinite.

Does this sound like what you want to create?
You could join by using chains between the pieces-... (show quote)


it DOES sound like what i'm trying to do! wow, i love this idea, something i would never have thought of. i'm using lots of different colors, and probably will join with black. i think that will make a great looking design around the squares. thank you so much, i'm going to do some experimenting and see what i can do with it. very cool!!
Apr 6, 2012 06:00:37   #
shirley m
 
Look on youtube for for flat braiding, it is easy, looks good.Shirley.
 
Apr 6, 2012 07:45:56   #
tadpoleandbiddy
 
I watched Youtube video called"joining Squares Flat Braid Join"
hope this helps.
Apr 6, 2012 08:22:08   #
Carol J.
 
When crocheting the edges together, pick up one thread from each piece instead of two. Back loop only type of pick up.Slip stitch them together. Try it.

Carol J.
Apr 6, 2012 08:48:19   #
Kelly2011
 
Loistec wrote:
Hi, there is a lady in England who has a blog filled with ideas for crocheting granny squares. Also a tutorial for joining them as you go along!
Here is a link to her blog: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.html
Her tutorials are on the left side as you scroll down.
Good Luck!
Lois

To Starryblu, thank you for asking the question! I've been wondering the same thing. I've never done squares, but wanted to. However, I have stressed about sewing them together and that is THE thing that has stopped me from experimenting.
To Loistec, thanks for the link! I'm bookmarking this one! :thumbup:
Apr 6, 2012 10:25:29   #
Ms. Tess
 
There is a way to fix the ones you have already made if they don't look the way you want them to. If you or someone you know has a hand steamer (like a steam shark or similar product) you can steam the seams enough that the yarn "relaxes" and then you can stretch it just enough so it lays flat. If this wasn't such a huge project you were working on I would also suggest that you get a bottle of inexpensive hair conditioner and put it in a container big enough to hold the garment and fill the container with warm water and leave it sit over night. Then gently hand wring it out, stretch it into shape and lay flat to dry. I have used this method to "fix" wool garments that have shrunk and restored them back to their original size and shape. Sometimes I have had to do the whole proceedure a couple times, but after all that work, it's worth it when there is an oops with laundering and you end up with doll clothes instead of your favorite sweater!! I hope this helps =)
Apr 6, 2012 11:30:01   #
denisejh
 
starryblu-Are you pulling the crochet stitches really tight or leaving them a bit looser? That may make a difference if you make it a bit looser. Also, when you insert the crochet hook into the square, how big of a "bite" are you taking into the knitting? If you are only picking up 1-2 threads, the seam shouldn't stand up that much. Take two of your squares and play with the tension and how far you insert the crochet hook. I bet with a little experimenting you can get that crocheted seam to lay flat. Good luck!
 
Apr 6, 2012 17:42:44   #
grandmann (a regular here)
 
You might like this one, the afghan stitch will lay flat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoBG9W9rpog&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Apr 21, 2012 21:15:43   #
annematilda
 
in the past i have joined squares with single crochet or slip stitching. they both work great, but i'd like to find a way around the raised seam i end up with.
I slip stitch mine together but don't do the stitch through both squares just do one side then the other and it sits nice and flat and gives a bit of a lace effect in between.
 
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