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How To Join Granny Squares With Whip Stitches

By: Megan Horst-Hatch, Editor,

How To Join Granny Squares With Whip Stitches

You've spent the last few weeks making countless crochet granny squares. With some planning and the right tools, you can transform that pile of squares into a warm blanket for a baby, a cozy shawl, or other fashionable item. If you’re short on time and simply want to finish the project so you can move on to other tasks, then joining granny squares with the whip stitch is a great option for you.

The whip stitch is a no-fuss way to join your granny squares, allowing you to spend more time on other aspects of the project. We at AllFreeCrochet feel this style of stitching is also ideal for those who are newer to crochet and do not want to learn a more complicated method. With a little bit of preparation and some patience, you can create a beautiful item that also shows off your crochet skills with the whip stitch method of joining crochet granny squares.

Do Some Prep Work Before Joining Your Granny Squares

Having the right tools in place before you start joining your crochet granny squares can make the process much smoother. Take a look at the tools you need to gather before you start joining crochet granny squares with the whip stitch.

1. Get The Right Tools
Take a look at the tools you need to gather before you start joining crochet granny squares with the whip stitch.

Yarn needle: You’ll want to look for a needle with an eye that is large enough for the yarn you wish to use.

Yarn: According to blogger Rhondda from the website Oombawka Design, you need to consider the length of your yarn. Rhondda suggests using yarn that is “approximately three times as long as the edge you wish to seam (join together).” You don’t want to run out of yarn before you complete your stitches!

2.  Make A Plan Before Joining Granny Squares
Don’t grab your sewing materials just yet, as you still have a little bit of work to do. Let’s say you want to make a blanket out of that stack of completed granny squares in an assortment of colors. Now what? Before you start joining granny squares, you’ll want to make a plan regarding how you want the finished project to look. Lay out your granny squares on a bed or table, then move the squares around to achieve the desired pattern. You can quickly sketch your design or take a photo with your phone so that you can remember the layout of the crochet granny squares.

3. Attach Your Granny Squares With Whip Stitches

Now that you’ve gathered your materials and made a plan regarding how you want your finished project to look, you’re ready to join your granny squares with whip stitch sewing. Roll up your sleeves and get started!

1. Thread your yarn through the eye of the yarn needle. Remember to leave enough of a tail to thread through your crochet granny squares.

2. Take two granny squares and position them so that the right sides up face each other while the other sides face out. Picture a sandwich, where the right sides up are the filling, and other sides are the bread. Make sure the granny squares are aligned with each other. If a square is askew, you won’t be able to join it with the other granny square.

3. Start at the top of one edge of the granny square and place your threaded yarn needle through the first stitch of both granny squares. Pull the yarn through, and voila! You have attached the granny squares.
Continue looping your needle through each stitch on the edge of the granny squares.

4. When you get to the edge of the granny squares, you can crochet or loop the tail of your yarn through the squares to secure the yarn.

Tips And Hints For Joining Crochet Granny Squares

Keep these tips in mind when joining your crochet granny squares.

1. Whatever you do, resist the temptation to pull on your yarn. Pulling the yarn tight will pucker your granny squares, and they won’t join properly.

2. Consider the color of the yarn you’ll use. A yarn in a high-contrast color can give some style to your joined granny squares, while yarn that matches your granny squares will make the join less visible.

How do you join your crochet granny squares?

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