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Joining granny squares together: single crochet JAYGO (part 2)

In the previous tutorial, I’ve described continuous joining of classic granny squares using the join-as-you-go (JAYGO) method. Now I’ll show the same for motifs that have lacy edges with chain stitch sequences.

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

3-rnd granny square with lace edge

Whenever your project consists of motifs that have sequences of chain stitches in the last round, you can similarly join these motifs, replacing specific chain stitches with single crochets worked into the corresponding spaces of previously worked motif(s).

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.

In this example, the first two rnds are like in classic granny square, and the 3rd (last) rnd is as follows:

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 sc in same 1st corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next corner sp, ch 2, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 2, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 2, ch 5. Join with sl st in 1st ch of ch 6 in beg of this rnd.

Motif 3:

Rnds 1-2: see pattern instruction above.

Rnd 3 (Joining): Ch 6, 1 sc in same 1st corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next corner sp, ch 2, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 2, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 3, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 3, ch 5. Join with sl st in 1st ch of ch 6 in beg of this rnd.

Motif 4:

Rnds 1-2: see pattern instruction above.

Rnd 3 (Joining): Ch 6, 1 sc in same 1st corner sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next corner sp, ch 2, 1 sc in corresponding corner sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 3, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 3, 1 sc in adjacent corner sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 4, ch 2, 1 sc in next corner sp of motif 1, ch 2, 1 sc in same corner sp of motif 4, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp of motif 4, ch 5, join with sl st in 1st ch of ch 6 in beg of this rnd.

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

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