Joining Tutorial – Tight Join

Admin Mary here!  Hello!

I chose to do a tight join for my Bear’s Blanket.  This is my first tutorial, so hopefully it makes sense…  Let me know if there is anything I can improve on.  I’m here to make it as clear as I can.  🙂

First, I did not join the two DCs in the corner, but I DC into the next DC, then I took my hook off, and inserted it into the matching DC on the other block, like so:

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(My hook is losing it’s color…  from so much use!)

Then I picked up that lonely, little loop and pulled it through:

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Then, I DC into the original block:

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Then repeat the process over and over until you want to stop.  It should look something like this:

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A nice, tight join without having to sew – I am a big fan of that!

If you have any questions – please feel free to contact me here in the comment section, or message me on my facebook page, or find me on Instagram!  I also would love to hear any other joining techniques that you have used, too!

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A different kind of joining method… and some great progress pics!

If any of you have nabbed Rachele’s great Gumball pattern, then this joining method is going to be easy-peasy for you.  I modified what she had, and decided to not join the two DCs that I put into the corners, and instead join every DC along the side.  Basically, you make a DC, then drop if off your hook, go into the top of the DC on the other square, grab the loop on the DC you made, and pull it through… continue until everything is joined.  If there’s interest, I’d be happy to post a tutorial.  Just let me know!  It makes for a very strong, finished join… as seen here:

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Also, I have been really excited seeing all the progress everyone else is making… check out a few of them!

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Look at llchika73‘s awesome color combos!

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And jenmariecrafts‘ beautiful pastels!

Remember, you can tag your own photos on Instagram with #scrappycal!

Postage Stamp Block Pattern

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Postage Stamp Block

I am using this block as my motif for the Bear’s Rainbow Blanket CAL. It’s a little pattern I wrote that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time!

Written in American crochet terms

Work a “solid granny square”

Chain 4 and join to make a ring (or Magic Circle)

Round 1: SC in ring and Ch 2. (3 DC in ring, Ch 1) three times in ring. 2 DC in ring and join to first chain, leaving the second chain as the corner chain.

Round 2: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC in the next 3 sts, *2 DC, Ch 1, 2DC* in corner) three times around the square. DC in next 3 sts and DC in corner. Join in first chain, leaving the second chain as the corner.

Round 3: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC all sts across, *2 DC, Ch1, 2 DC* in corner) three times around square. DC in all sts across final side and DC in corner, joining in first chain. Cut yarn and finish off.

Work wide border

Join border color with a slip stitch in any corner.

Round 1: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 3 DC in corner. ***(Skip 2 sts, 3 DC in next st) three times, *3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC* in corner)*** three times around the  square. (Skip 2 sts, 3DC in next st) three times. 2 DC in corner and join in first chain.

Round 2: SC in corner chain and Ch 2. 2 DC in corner. (DC in all sts across, *2DC, Ch 1, 3 DC* in corner) three times around square. DC in all sts across, DC in corner and join in first chain.

Round 3: 3 SC in corner chain. (SC in all sts aross, 3 DC in corner) three times. SC in all sts across and join to first SC.

Cut yarn and finish off.

Yay! 🙂