When it comes to joining your crochet motifs together, there are quite a few different ways to choose from which will all give you slightly different results. If you’re not a fan of sewing your shapes together, or don’t like the raised appearance of dc joins, then the tight join-as-you-go method might be for you!
The tight join method produces a seam that merges your edges together nicely with a relatively flat result, and it also has a slight spiral look too which adds a lovely big of extra detail. The tight join is used in the hexagon blanket pattern in issue 95 of Simply Crochet (get your copy here), and designer Sandra Eng has kindly given us some step-by-step images to take you through this fab technique.
For this tutorial we will be joining two hexagon motifs together, if you’re following the hexagon blanket pattern from issue 95, this step 1 begins after the last ‘(dc, ch 1) in next ch-2 sp’ of Row 8.
If you’re not following the pattern and are just wanting to join two motifs together (for example squares), just start after your (dc, ch1) in the last corner ch-space of your motif.
This technique can also be used with treble stitches in the same way, just replace any mention of dc with a tr.
TOP TIP: The term ‘drop loop from hook’ is used quite a bit in this tutorial. This basically means removing your hook from the loop, but if you pull the loop out a little bit before removing the hook it will reduce the risk of accidentally undoing any of your stitches, and make it easier to pick the loop back up with your hook!
Start by dropping the loop from hook of your current motif, insert hook in ch-2 sp of adjacent motif
Pick up loop and pull through ch-2 sp.
Ch1, dc in ch-2 sp of initial motif
Drop loop from hook, insert hook in next st on adjacent motif.
Pick up loop and pull through
Dc in next st on initial motif.
Continue joining in this manner (steps 4-6) to last st on initial motif and second to last st on adjacent motif.
(Dc, ch 1) in ch-2 sp of initial motif.
Drop loop from hook, insert hook in ch-2 sp on adjacent motif, pick up loop and pull through.
Ch1, dc in ch-2 sp on initial motif.
And that’s how you do the tight join as you go join! If you’d like to hook up the beautiful hexagon blanket pattern used in this tutorial, you can find it inside issue 95 of Simply Crochet magazine, which you can order directly from us here or download a digital edition here!
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- What are yarn weights and which yarn should I use?
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- How to make a crochet magic loop
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