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Joining granny squares together: single crochet JAYGO (part 1)

In this tutorial, I’ll describe continuous joining of crochet motifs used in most of my patterns. Motifs are joined together using the join-as-you-go (JAYGO) method as you work their last row or round, no sewing required.

The first motif is always worked in full as specified in the motif instruction. The other motifs are worked the same until they have to be attached to the previously worked motifs. Then you work according to the joining instruction, replacing the specified chain stitches in the last row or round with single crochets worked into the appropriate stitches or spaces of previously worked motif(s).

Joining motifs together, make sure that both motifs to be joined are facing the same side (wrong sides together).

This is only one of the many existing methods to join crochet motifs together. You may prefer using another method you are more comfortable with, but for working my patterns, I recommend using this method to get the result as pictured in my projects.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

Regular 3-rnd granny square

Work the whole 1st motif and Rnds 1-2 of the other motifs as specified in your pattern instruction. For each subsequent motif, work 3rd rnd as specified in the Rnd 3 (Joining) instruction below.
Note: joining rnd is shown in contrasting colors for better visibility.

So this is our basic square motif:

Motif 1:

Work the whole 1st motif as specified in pattern instruction above.

Motif 2:

Rnds 1-2: see pattern instruction above.

Rnd 3 (Joining): Ch 6, 1 shell in same 1st corner sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (1 shell, ch 3, 1 shell) in next corner sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next corner sp, ch 1, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 1, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 1, 1 shell in next corner sp of motif 2, ch 1, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 1, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 2, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, ch 1, 2 dc in 1st corner sp of motif 2. Join with sl st in ch 6 sp in beg of this rnd.

Motif 3:

Rnds 1-2: see pattern instruction above.

Rnd 3 (Joining): Ch 6, 1 shell in same 1st corner sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, (1 shell, ch 3, 1 shell) in next corner sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next corner sp, ch 1, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 2, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 3, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, 1 shell in next corner sp of motif 3, ch 1, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 2, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 3, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, ch 1, 2 dc in 1st corner sp of motif 3. Join with sl st in ch 6 sp in beg of this rnd.

Motif 4:

Rnds 1-2: see pattern instruction above.

Rnd 3 (Joining): Ch 6, 1 shell in same 1st corner sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, 1 shell in next corner sp, ch 1, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 3, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 4, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, 1 shell in next corner sp of motif 4, ch 1, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 3, 1 sc in adjacent corner sp of motif 1, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp
of motif 4, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 1, 1 shell in next corner sp of motif 4, ch 1, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 1, ch 1, 1 shell in same corner sp of motif 4, ch 1, 1 shell in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, ch 1, 2 dc in 1st corner sp of motif 4. Join with sl st in ch 6 sp in beg of this rnd.

Continue adding as many motifs as required attaching them in the same manner.

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