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Sunday, August 3, 2008

How to Join Blocks Using Single Crochet -- Video Tutorial

Not too long ago I posted a Crocheted Square Block Pattern which I had used for a pastel baby blanket. Now I am going to show you how I joined the blocks to each other using single crochet. This is a joining method that I prefer for blankets such as this which will be well used and washed frequently as it makes a very sturdy seam, besides making a decorative grid pattern on the back side of the blanket.

After crocheting the block in the color of choice, change yarn color to whatever color you will be using for the border of each block and also for the border of the blanket. Using this method for changing yarn color makes a very neat transition.

Joining blocks using single crochetThe above picture shows the point at which you would draw in the border color of yarn. The hook is in place here ready to complete the joining slip stitch for the last round of color.



Joining blocks using single crochetWork 1 round of single crochet in the border color following the pattern and increasing at the corners just as you did for the previous rounds. Join with a slip stitch, cut yarn and pull through the loop to secure. Weave in ends.



Joining blocks using single crochetContinue making all your blocks in this manner and then lay them out in whatever pattern you choose. This is the fun part where you can get really creative.

Now you can begin to join the blocks together using single crochet. Here's a little video showing the method I used on the pastel block baby blanket...


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The blocks shown in this post and in the video are just samples made from yarn leftover from another afghan. Can you guess which one from the pictures in this post?

In the next post, I will show you a few detail pictures of the pastel block baby blanket so you can see how the crocheted seam looks on the back and the nice border each block has on the front from crocheting the seam through just the back loops of the stitches. Of course if you don't want that kind of detail on the front of your blanket, you can always crochet through both loops and you won't have the ridge detail.

Stay tuned!

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2 Comments:

  • Have struggled with joining blocks. This should make a difference.
    I don't know if you watch your videos after you make them, but I have looked at several and they are quite fuzzy and out of focus. Just wanted you to know

    By Anonymous Diane C, At October 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM  

  • Thanks for your comment Diane C! I do hope watching my video helps you figure out a new way to join blocks!

    I am sorry if you see the video as fuzzy or out of focus. I watched the video just now, and it looked clear to me. Perhaps when you blow it up to take up the whole screen, it appears fuzzy, which would make sense. My videos were not made with super high resolution so watching them on full screen could cause the fuzzy look.

    I hope this helps!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At October 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM  

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