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Apr 19, 2016 05:44:59   #
hen
 
I usually knit up any oddments into blanket squares - they do tend to be slightly different sizes.
What would be the best way of joining them / sewing them together?
 
Apr 19, 2016 06:06:22   #
maidinkent
 
Do you crochet?, if so you could crochet an edge around each square and slipstitch them together.
Apr 19, 2016 06:09:34   #
flyssie
 
Jessica Jean put a whole lot of methods of joining in this link - scroll down a bit on first page: http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-275871-1.html
Apr 19, 2016 11:09:52   #
yourmother306 (a regular here)
 
If they are just a little off, you can block the smaller ones to be the right size
Apr 20, 2016 07:41:32   #
Krykit (a regular here)
 
flyssie wrote:
Jessica Jean put a whole lot of methods of joining in this link - scroll down a bit on first page: http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-275871-1.html

This is a treasure trove of links for joining squares! Before I saw this, I never imagined there could be so many ways to join squares. Big thanks to JJ!
:-D
Apr 20, 2016 10:19:26   #
Lillyhooch
 
yourmother306 wrote:
If they are just a little off, you can block the smaller ones to be the right size


But be aware that if in wool that the squares will return to original size when washed and will need reblocking to stop puckering.
 
Apr 20, 2016 10:31:59   #
Jayceebee
 
I'm using a three stitch i-cord to join my squares of Norah's vintage afghan. So far I'm pleased with the result.




Apr 20, 2016 11:32:24   #
jeanrotter
 
hen wrote:
I usually knit up any oddments into blanket squares - they do tend to be slightly different sizes.
What would be the best way of joining them / sewing them together?


I knit the squares on one (or 4 or 5) continuous panel, just change colors when it is square, 20 stitches wide, 28 stitches tall. I hate sewing things together. So I will end up with one or two panels and I mattress stitch them together, really simple.
Apr 20, 2016 12:24:46   #
catlover1960
 
Jayceebee wrote:
I'm using a three stitch i-cord to join my squares of Norah's vintage afghan. So far I'm pleased with the result.


Can you give a little more information on how you are doing the 3 stitch I-cord to join your squares. I have done an applied I-cord where I picked up stitches on only one side but not on 2 pieces. I am working on this same pattern and am looking for a better way to join than whip stitching the pieces together and I do not crochet.
Apr 20, 2016 12:45:14   #
Mitch (a regular here)
 
I, too, am interested in the 3 stitch I-cord. Great way to join the square.
Apr 20, 2016 13:15:24   #
Jayceebee
 
I cast on 3 stitches on a D.P. needle. I held it in the gap between the two squares. Move the working yarn around behind like doing an i-cord.
In order to get the right-hand stitch to look correct, I move that stitch to the right needle, pick up a loop from the edge of the square with the left needle, then put that slipped stitch back on the left needle and knit the two stitches together.
Then knit the middle stitch.
Then identify and add a loop from the edge of the other square, and knit those two stitches together.
Move the yarn around the back, and do the right-most stitch again. And keep on. The first rows are kind of fiddly, but then it firms up and gets easier.
The trickiest part for me is "finding" the right loop to pick up -- but that's why I've never done well with any seaming! This seems to hide my inconsistencies in the knit-together stitch!
The Norah afghan is challenging because a selvedge with about 90 rows is joined to a cast on edge of 57 stitches.
I think the side with the higher number of stitches has to be the determining number.
Oh, and I''m knitting the squares with a #9 needle, but using a #5 for the I-cord seam.
Hope this "commentary" is helpful.
 
Apr 20, 2016 13:36:05   #
Mitch (a regular here)
 
Thank you!
Apr 20, 2016 13:45:43   #
catlover1960
 
Jayceebee wrote:
I cast on 3 stitches on a D.P. needle. I held it in the gap between the two squares. Move the working yarn around behind like doing an i-cord.
In order to get the right-hand stitch to look correct, I move that stitch to the right needle, pick up a loop from the edge of the square with the left needle, then put that slipped stitch back on the left needle and knit the two stitches together.
Then knit the middle stitch.
Then identify and add a loop from the edge of the other square, and knit those two stitches together.
Move the yarn around the back, and do the right-most stitch again. And keep on. The first rows are kind of fiddly, but then it firms up and gets easier.
The trickiest part for me is "finding" the right loop to pick up -- but that's why I've never done well with any seaming! This seems to hide my inconsistencies in the knit-together stitch!
The Norah afghan is challenging because a selvedge with about 90 rows is joined to a cast on edge of 57 stitches.
I think the side with the higher number of stitches has to be the determining number.
Oh, and I''m knitting the squares with a #9 needle, but using a #5 for the I-cord seam.
Hope this "commentary" is helpful.
I cast on 3 stitches on a D.P. needle. I held it i... (show quote)


This is very helpful. I have 8 of my square done and used a size 7 for the blocks so will maybe use a size 4 or 5 for the i-cord. Thank you for posting this information.
Apr 20, 2016 15:09:14   #
Nana of 6
 
What a great idea. I will be trying that.
Apr 20, 2016 18:44:52   #
Finnsbride
 
Oh I really like this one. Thanks for sharing.
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