Continuous Join As You Go – Part B of Joining

continuous join as you goContinuous Join As You Go

I cannot believe this is the last tutorial for the Casual Granny CAL. Sending out lots of love and gratitude to those who have played along. It has been an absolute joy to see your beautiful squares in the #casualgrannycal feed.

This tutorial covers Continuous Join As You Go, which is the joining method i’ve chosen to join our squares. Of course, this Cal is casual for a reason and if you’d prefer to use a different method, then you are more than welcome.

Some other ways to join your squares

Double crochet (single crochet) join tutorial from Repeat Crafter Me

Whip stitch your squares together  – tutorial from Cherry Heart Crochet

continuous join as you goFirst things first!

If you’re keen to give Continuous Join As You Go a try, then you need to head to Part A of the joining tutorial, which shows you how to add the chain border to your squares. Once you’ve completed Part A you’ll be ready to start this tutorial.

More Yarn!

If you purchased the yarn recommended at the beginning of the CAL, you will need to add an extra 2 balls of paper white Paintbox Yarn Cotton DK to finish your joining.

Continuous Join As You Go

Hands up if you’re terrified of continuous join as you go (CJAYG)? Well, don’t be! I have tried to make this  tutorial as simple as i can without leaving out any details. You will find a helpful directional chart, a colour coded pattern chart and a stitch guide below. Using these three tools you can do this!

This CJAYG pattern is made up primary of (ch 4, dc) and (ch 2, dc) repeats with the occasional slip stitches, which means there are no complicated stitches making it possible for a beginner to achieve! We are basically just adding another round of lacy chains to our border while we join.

continuous join as you goHow to make a dc (sc) join (see image above)

Insert hook into ch-sp of square you need to join, from front to back, yarn over hook and pull through, (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through two loops (joining stitch made).

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This chart shows the basic direction of CJAYG starting at the Star and finishing at the Circle.

continuous join as you goLay out your squares

Lay out your squares in the 8 x 10 configuration as shown in the chart above. Laying your squares out on the flat surface makes the pattern easier to follow. The reduced chart below shows the direction of the stitches as indicated by the arrows. It also shows the stitch patterns in different colours. When you scroll down you will find the written instructions for each of the colour coded arrows.

The pattern starts out with Blue, which is only repeated once. As you can see, Pink and Green are repeated alternatively down the rows, so once you memorise this pattern you won’t need the chart again.

The Yellow Star indicates the starting position and the Yellow Circle, the finish. The right hand side of the blanket is completed in the last pattern – Silver.

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The Pattern UK instructions (start)

Blue

{attach yarn with a sl st in the top right corner of the top right square}, dc in same sp, (ch4, dc) in next 7 ch-sp, working down left side of square now, (ch4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then dc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square to join.

A – Working your way up the right hand side of the next square, *(ch 2, dc join in opposite ch-sp on adjacent square, ch 2, dc in next ch-sp on working square), rep from * 6 more times to reach top corner.

B – Working along the top of the square, (ch 4, dc) in next 7 ch-sp, working down left side of square now, (ch 4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp**, ch 2 then dc in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square to join.

Repeat A and B until the end of the row, finishing at ** on the last square, (ch 4, dc) in bottom left corner.

Pink

C – *(ch 4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp, **(ch 2, dc in ch-2 sp), (ch 2, dc in corner ch-sp on next square)  rep from * until last square in row, stopping at ** on the last square.

Green

(ch 2, dc join  in top right ch-sp on square below), Working along the top of the square, *(ch 2, dc join in opposite ch-sp on square above, ch 2, dc in next ch-sp on working square) rep from * 5 more times, then (ch 4, dc in corner ch-sp).

Working down left side of square now, (ch 4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then dc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square.

D – Working your way up the right hand side of the next square, *(ch 2, dc join in opposite ch-sp on adjacent square, ch 2, dc in next ch-sp on working square), rep from * 5 more times to reach top corner.

E – ch 2, dc join in top left corner of adjacent square, then immediately sl st into ch 2 sp on diagonal corner, ch 2 and dc in initial working square corner.

F – Working along the top of the square, *(ch 2, dc join in opposite ch-sp on square above, ch 2, dc in next ch-sp on working square) rep from * 5 more times,** then (ch 2, dc join in opposite ch-2 sp above, ch 2, dc back in corner sp of working square).

G – Working down left side of square now, (ch 4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then dc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square.

Repeat D, E, F, G until end of row, stopping in F at ** on last square, then ch 2, dc join in corner ch-sp above, ch 2, dc back in working square corner, working down left side of square now, (ch 4, dc) in next 7 ch-sp.

continuous join as you go

Silver

Ch 4, dc in corner ch-sp, *(ch 4, dc) in next 6 ch-sp, **(ch 2, dc in ch-2 sp), (ch 2, dc in corner ch-sp on next square) rep from * until last square in row, stopping at ** on the last square, ch 4, sl st in initial dc.

continuous join as you go

continuous join as you goUS Colour Coded Instructions

Blue

{attach yarn with a sl st in the top right corner of the top right square}, sc in same sp, (ch 4, sc) in next 7 ch-sp, working down left side of square now, (ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then sc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square to join.

A – Working your way up the right hand side of the next square, *(ch 2, sc join in opposite ch-sp on adjacent square, ch 2, sc in next ch-sp on working square), rep from * 6 more times to reach top corner.

B – Working along the top of the square, (ch 4, sc) in next 7 ch-sp, working down left side of square now, (ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp**, ch 2 then sc in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square.

Repeat A and B until the end of the row, finishing at ** on the last square, (ch 4, sc) in bottom left corner.

Pink

C – *(ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp, **(ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp), (ch 2, sc in corner ch-sp on next square)  rep from * until last square in row, stopping at ** on the last square.

Green

(ch 2, sc join  in top right ch-sp on square below), Working along the top of the square, *(ch 2, sc join in opposite ch-sp on square above, ch 2, sc in next ch-sp on working square) rep from * 5 more times, then (ch 4, sc in corner ch-sp).

Working down left side of square now, (ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then sc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square.

D – Working your way up the right hand side of the next square, *(ch 2, sc join in opposite ch-sp on adjacent square, ch 2, sc in next ch-sp on working square), rep from * 5 more times to reach top corner.

E – ch 2, dc join in top left corner of adjacent square, then immediately sl st into ch-2 sp on diagonal corner, ch 2 and sc in initial working square corner.

F – Working along the top of the square, *(ch 2, sc join in opposite ch-sp on square above, ch 2, sc in next ch-sp on working square) rep from * 5 more times,** then (ch 2, sc join in opposite ch-2 sp above, ch 2, sc back in corner sp of working square).

G – Working down left side of square now, (ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp, ch 2 then sc join in ch-sp in the right bottom corner of the next square.

Repeat D, E, F, G until end of row, stopping in F at ** on last square, then ch 2, sc join in corner ch-sp above, ch 2, sc back in working square corner, working down left side of square now, (ch 4, sc) in next 7 ch-sp.

Silver

Ch 4, sc in corner ch-sp, *(ch 4, sc) in next 6 ch-sp, **(ch 2, sc in ch-2 sp), (ch 2, sc in  corner ch-sp on next square) rep from * until last square in row, stopping at ** on the last square, ch 4, sl st in initial sc.

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5 Comments

  1. November 6, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    You’ve explained this intricate, lacy way of joining so well, but I was wondering if there was another way to join without the lacy parts between the different squares? A way which keeps the squares closer together? I know you mentioned that you did things this way as some of the squares have slightly different sizes.

    • redagapeblog
      November 7, 2018 / 10:41 am

      Hi sandra!
      If you head to the top of this post i’ve linked to two tutorials for joining squares which will bring them close together. These tutorials will work with the different square sizes as they all have the same number of stitches.
      Mandy xx

  2. Sammi
    November 10, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I absolutly love this join it looks gorgeous so far!

    I’m having a little bit of a hair pull moment at my first 4 square junction however, I’ve followed the pattern and your little extra guide with the stars, however I’m getting a huge gap on the right hand side like I’ve missed a join on the bottom right corner somehow? I’ve frogged about 8 times but I just can’t figure out where I’ve gone wrong.

    I hope you can help x

    • redagapeblog
      November 12, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Hi Sammi! Firstly i want to apologise as i have made one teeny mistake in the pattern which will leave a huge gap! Thanks so much for letting me know and i have to reassure you that you weren’t doing anything wrong.
      I have updated the instructions and chart to include a dc join at the end of the Green instructions part F. This dc will link the 2 corners of the squares on the right of the 4 square group. I hope this makes sense.

      Mandy xx

      • Sammi
        November 16, 2018 / 1:37 am

        Thank you Mandy!!! I’m just so relieved i wasn’t my brain on the fritz again. Really appreciate you updating the pattern, I’ll have a frog and have another try this evening 🙂 !! Xx

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