Joining Tutorial – Tight Join

Update – This join is now called “PLT Join” – this will help when searching for tutorials – thank you for visiting!

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:


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

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


Then, I DC into the original block:


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


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!

17 thoughts on “Joining Tutorial – Tight Join”

  1. Great little photo tut Admin Mary… as we say here ‘clear as mud’… I love these types of joins as I know how little fingers can get caught up in holes in out creative blankets… ❤

  2. I followed a link from ‘The Creative Crochet Crew’ here and just wanted to say thanks. I’ve been crocheting since age 3 but Gran and mum always joined with slip stitches and I just followed suit, this is much better and a lovely clear tutorial to boot! So, Thanks 🙂

  3. I love this joining method. I’m using it for the squares, except I’m doing them in every stitch. Thank you for sharing this, I fell in love with it when I saw it in instagram.

  4. This is lovely! I followed from “”Baby Love””, a great site. I do Prayer Shawl Ministry Plus. A friend donated two large boxes of yarn & all she asked for was to have a BIG bag of squares she made joined to make a blanket. I’m real picky with my own work. None of the styles I tried looled right. This will! Thanks! Hope someday I can help you!

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! I am hoping to have more joining tutorials in the future, too! When you’re done with your progress, I would love to see the end result!

  5. nuy novedoso su union de cuadraditos..estoy iniciandome en esta tecnica….Gracia¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  6. i am so sorry i didn’t see thie earlier!! most of my squares are done and now i will have to sew them together.. but next time, and there will be a next time… i will definetly do this.

  7. I noticed your hook right off. Looks like mine with the color worn off. A sign of a well used and loved hook! Very nice tutorial!

  8. Great Tutorial. I am also 48 square’s in however I haven’t yet blocked my colours so can’t use your method but I know it will be very useful in the future.

  9. This is the greatest joining method! I no longer feel so limited in my blanket project options just because I want to join as I go, thanks!!!

  10. Hello Admin Mary! 🙂
    I came across this little photo tutorial on Pinterest and I have to admit……. wonderful, clear and easy way to join granny squares! Thank you so much. I am planning on a blanket for my TV armchair but I was not sure how to do it! NOW I KNOW! Hexagons and your joining method! Love it!

  11. I think the photos were great and stitch description was very good. Lovely work. I shared with out of state granddaughter whom I taught to crochet when she was about nine, a stay-at-home wife and mom. Crocheting is enjoyable to her now when her day quiets down. Thanks for sharing this technical. Will be watching for future posts.

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