Today I’m going to show you how to do a regular join-as-you-go method, in case you don’t feel ready to take the Continuous JAYG plunge 🙂
If you are feeling adventurous or are already familiar with the CJAYG, then wait for that post! I do recommend the continuous join. Only a few ends to weave in (versus 2 per square), and adds great integrity to the piece since it forms kind of a “net” of stability. I will be using the CJAYG version for my piece, and I’ll show it on the Joining post when we get there.
If you’re making squares ahead of time (you’ve edged all your squares in DC), and you want to start joining, then go ahead! Enjoy! 🙂
SC Join-As-You-Go – featuring PLT Join
Work first motif complete:
Start by joining yarn with a slip stitch in any corner DC. All in same stitch: (SC, Chain 2, SC) – corner made
SC in all stitches around, placing (SC, chain 2, SC) in all corners
Pick up second motif (this one will be joined below the first motif).
Work SC in same st on motif in progress to complete the corner.
Now that the slip stitch corner join is complete, let’s work a “side.”
PLT join with corresponding stitch on completed motif. Pictured below is hook ready to Pull Loop Through.
SC on motif in progress,
Hook ready to pull loop through pictured below.
(If you need to check out the PLT Join post, please do.. Scroll down to where it says “official PLT Join maneuver” to learn how to release loop from hook, insert hook in corresponding stitch on completed motif, place loop back on hook, Pull Loop Through, and continue)
When you’ve joined all motifs in that first column, you’re ready to go back up to the top and join the first motif on its right hand side. In the photo above, we’ll be joining the red square with plum edging.
Slip stitch in adjacent corner of square to the right – which is the corner of the first square we made (here it is blue with green border) SC to complete corner, and start on the “side”
And join up the side as before. Work your top right corner and continue around the square.
Place the working loop back on the hook, and pull it up through both corners.
Work across the second joining side, and connect the top left corner.
Here is a close-up of the 4 corners meeting.
Join remaining squares in the same manner.
That’s it! Now you can go around the entire piece with an SC border if you like, to get it ready for edging of choice.
Now, I’ve got to get back to work on photographing the steps of the Continuous SC Join-As-You-Go 🙂
My workspace is looking very colorful as of late! Enjoy the join, lovelies! Comment with questions and I’ll help as best as I can.