Joining motifs has got to be the main reason why people are led to my websites. I cannot sew to save my life, so I have learned to get creative with the way that I join my motif pieces.
On social media venues, the most frequent question I get asked is what is my favorite way to join. Well, I like joins that use the fewest cuts as possible. If I can join continuously, I do it and if I can’t, then I do a traditional JAYG. I learned to JAYG originally from traditional designer, Priscilla Hewitt (my crochet idol!) – many of her lacy square motif blanket patterns use a flat braid JAYG, and then I reinforced my skills through the contemporary granny JAYG by Lucy @ Attic24.
Okay, so let’s talk about a partial continuous JAYG that I am using for this hexagon blanket.
When can I use this method??
To work this method, you’ll already need to know how to JAYG and Continuous JAYG. The actual join I am using is from my Geometric Lace Pattern.
If you’re making a hex blanket where your motifs are joined using a single color (white, grey, it doesn’t matter the color) like in the examples in this mini-gallery of beautiful work by talented crochet artists, then you can use the method that I describe in this post. In my case, I am joining with KnitPicks Chroma, which is a yarn that changes color, so technically my join is multi-color, but it’s the same yarn strand, so I can still use this method.
If your hexagon motifs are joined with the final color of each hex, then you won’t be able to do this particular Partial Continuous JAYG method. I still recommend a regular JAYG on the final round because aren’t you tired of whip stitching? 😉
Here are some examples of blankets that couldn’t use my Partial Continuous JAYG method:
Okay, got that? Now that you understand when you can use it, here’s the method…
Partial Continuous JAYG: Hexagon Edition
This join takes up to 3 hexagons at a time and joins them together. For example, the pink yarn circles the next 3 hexes that I’m going to join continuously.
Below is a rudimentary illustration of the path that you will follow as you continuously JAYG, starting where the very end of the pink yarn is, and following around until you get back to the center after joining all 3 hexes in a “clover” type formation. Where the yarn crosses over onto itself is the end of your join… The yarn leads off the page but that area should be ignored. Once you have all 3 joined, cut yarn, pull yarn tail through to the back, and weave tail. Of course, I won’t be explaining the whole C-JAYG process here. See the Related Links above for more info on that.
In the photo below, I have joined the first (darker olive green) hex, I made it back to the center, and I started joining that pale sea foam hex to the right. In the photo, I have finished one side of the pale hex and I am working on joining it to the existing blanket on the second side.
In the next photo, I have finished joining on the second hexagon of the 3, and I am back to the center again.
Now, the third hex is joined in, and I am heading to the center of the 3 hexes to finish up.
Here, I have pulled the tail through to the back and I’m ready to cut it and weave. This is a view from the back of the blanket.
Okay, now that those 3 hexes are joined, I’ll pick my next couple of motifs. These two circled in pink below are what I’ll be working on. There aren’t 3 together there, but I still want to avoid weaving as many ends as possible, and I figure the more I join continuously, the less likely my blanket is to fall apart somehow.
here is the path I’ll follow. Starting near the top where the yarn end touches, follow around the half-hex and then around the full hex until it’s all joined up. The “raw edge” of my half-hex will be bordered by the edging of the blanket, so here it will mot be worked over.
I’ve finished the half-hex including joining the edge where it touches the existing blanket, and now I’m ready to go around the full hex.
My blanket, in its current state. I know it looks curious with the mismatch half-hex bits and the diagonal slant on the right hand side… I’m using the techniques from my Cottage Quilt pattern to make this design. Been working on this in stolen spare moments so it isn’t complete, but I still wanted to share my joining method in case anyone wants to use it. 🙂