Join As You Go (JAYG)
★★☆ - Improver
This is an excellent time saving technique as it saves you all the trouble and bother of having to sew or crochet all your squares or motifs together once they've all been made. Using this method you join the units to each other as you make them.
To join the squares together you'll need to work up one square in the normal way, but all subsequent squares will make use of the last round to join them to another square or squares.
If you'd like more help with making the square motif, please have a look at my Classic Granny Square tutorial.
PART ONE: JOINING THE FIRST SQUARE
We we are ready to join the squares. The first square is complete and the second square had been made, but the last row is now yet completed. Work two sides of the last row of the second square, and stop once you've worked the first set of treble (double) crochets for the corner.
To complete the second side, we'll make just one of the corner chains. The second corner chain we can consider as the start of the third side of the square.
Continue in this way, joining new squares to the previous ones along one side in a strip until you have a row of squares as long as you would like. I usually always join squares to the left, but you can work in any direction you like.
STEP TWO: JOINING THE SECOND ROW
PART THREE: JOINING A SQUARE ON TWO SIDES
So for this square we only work one side of the last row, up to the first 3 treble (double) crochets of the corner.
✽ Find out how to use Join As You Go to join other shapes together - coming soon
✽ Find out how to use Crochet Joining