Mee-ow, it is I, Mimi once again.
Today I’m going to show you how we crochet two pieces of crochet together by joining them along their edges.
Position the two pieces so that the sides you want to crochet together are one on top of the other and are ready to be joined from right to left.
If you want the finished join to show on the front like this,
put the backs of each piece together.
If you want to put the join on the back so it doesn’t show on the front like in this granny square rug,
put the fronts together and crochet from the back of the top piece.
Once your two pieces are placed one on top of the other, you are ready to join. Whether you are attaching a new yarn to join with or continuing on with one you were already using, you should have one loop on the hook as usual.
Insert the hook through a stitch on both the top and bottom piece (the pale orange two) and draw yarn through them like this.
Sometimes you will have a nice row edge to insert the hook into and you can pick up the top loop of each stitch you want to crochet together and crochet them together perfectly evenly.
But sometimes you will have side seems where the loops may not match up so precisely. Just do your best to keep it even – put one stitch in the side of each sc and 2 or 3 stitches in the side of each dc, depending on the look you want. The key is to be consistent and keep the sides matched so they end together.
Usually when joins are being made a slip stitch is used, but you can use a single crochet or even half double crochet to make a clearly marked edge out of the join.
The edge in the granny square is a slip stitch, the edge in the striped example is a single crochet edge.