How to Crochet Knitted Squares Together

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There are several different ways to join knitted squares, but each method has different advantages depending on the look and project. You could seam the squares together using a quick running stitch, but the join would not be as sturdy as crocheting the squares together. There are two basic ways to crochet squares together, and these methods can be transferred to many projects where knitted pieces need to be connected such as blankets, tote bags and sweater seams.

Things You'll Need

  • Knitted squares
  • Pins (optional)
  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn that matches or complements the knitted squares
  • Scissors

Method 1: Slip Stitch Crochet

Slip stitch joins are the least visible, allowing projects to lie flat. The slip stitch is the most basic crochet stitch, so if you learn to slip stitch then you'll be able to advance to more challenging crochet stitches.

  1. Before you begin, block the squares to open up the stitching and straighten the edges.
  2. Form a slip knot and tie it to the end of the crochet hook.
  3. If you'd like, pin the edges of the two knitted squares, right sides together. This step is optional, but pins will help hold the squares in place as you're working.
  4. Insert the crochet hook through the first stitch on the edge of the square closest to you, then through the first stitch on the edge of the square farthest from you.
  5. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through all the loops on the hook.
  6. Insert the crochet hook through the second stitch on the edge of the square closest to you, then through the second stitch on the edge of the square farthest from you.
  7. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through all the loops on the hook.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7, slip stitching across until you reach the end of the square.
  9. When you reach the end, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in later. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it all the way through the loop on the hook. Weave in any loose yarn ends.

Tip

  • The size of the crochet hook you use depends on the weight of the yarn. If it's available, check the yarn's label to find out which size crochet hook is recommended.

Method 2: Single Crochet

This method is very similar to the slip stitch method, except that you will stitch a single crochet instead of slip stitch. This method creates a border that is wider and more decorative than the slip stitch join.

If you're connecting multicolored knitted squares of a blanket, for example, this join is a great way to unify all the squares by using one complementary color of yarn.

  1. Before you begin, block the squares to open up the stitching and straighten the edges.
  2. Form a slip knot and tie it to the end of the crochet hook.
  3. If you'd like, pin the edges of the two knitted squares, right sides together. This step is optional, but pins will help hold the squares in place as you're working.
  4. Insert the crochet hook through the first stitch on the edge of the square closest to you, then through the first stitch on the edge of the square farthest from you.
  5. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through the first two stitches on the hook.
  6. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through all the loops on the hook.
  7. Insert the crochet hook through the second stitch on the edge of the square closest to you, then through the second stitch on the edge of the square farthest from you.
  8. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through the first two stitches on the hook.
  9. Wrap the yarn around the hook, then pull the yarn through all the loops on the hook.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9, moving across the square and single crocheting until you reach the end of the square. When you reach the end, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for weaving in later. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it all the way through the loop on the hook. Weave in any loose yarn ends.

Tip

  • If you find that the joined edge is becoming wavy, rip back and skip a crochet stitch every couple of stitches to make the join lie flat.

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