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Row by Row JAYG (or, the boomerang join) 

Hi, y’all! I’ve developed a new joining method called “Row by Row Join as you go” – or the “boomerang join” as I’ve nicknamed it. This was also my very first YouTube video tutorial on my new channel! If you enjoy it, like and subscribe as I will be uploading a new tutorial video on Thursday of each week.

PDF on Ravelry

If you’d like a printable PDF of the join, head to the Ravelry page. (4 pages, with photos)


Row by Row JAYG is a method for joining granny squares for a blanket. It is a simplified alternative to the continuous join-as-you-go, worked in horizontal rows, then in vertical rows, until the entire blanket is joined, much like if you were to Slip St join or SC your squares together.

Because the joins are worked to and fro, I have nicknamed this the “Boomerang Join.” I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Grab a stack of squares and a cuppa, and dive right in. I used KnitPicks Palette Yarn (affiliate) from my stash for this demonstration, and I only joined 4 squares, but you can use any number of squares for your desired size blanket. Instead of stopping after just 2 squares in the row, you will just continue down the row to the end.

I enjoyed making this tutorial, and I already have a stack of squares waiting to be joined! When I finish the rest of these Vibrant Vintage CAL squares, I’ll be sure to take progress pics and show y’all how it turned out. Doesn’t this join look just like a normal JAYG? And its so fun to just cruise back and forth rather than having to break yarn after every square.

These squares are my favorite thing… I took advantage of being able to make any type of square for this project and I designed some new granny squares! The bottom two in the photo above are totally new – that bottom left hand one has my heart <3

Stay tuned for new square patterns that will go very nicely with your VVCAL squares. Zing!


7 replies »

    • I would just try it with 4 squares to see if it works out! You can adapt it to however many stitches you need ❤️
      Let me know how it goes!
      Rachele C.
      Thank you!