Joining Afghan Squares

ilhiker's picture

Hello everyone. I am making an afghan out of 35, 10x10 squares and wanted to know if anyone knew of a way to join them together other than stitching. I really don't like stitching with a darning needle, but can't figure out a different way. Any suggestions?
Mark

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I've seen this not too long

I've seen this not too long ago "Dudessembly" from Drew.
I haven't had a chance to try it out but it does look like it would add a little detail in between the squares.

phil_nov1987's picture

I would just crochet them

I would just crochet them together - simple and neat!!

ilhiker's picture

Thanks for all the comments

Thanks for all the comments on this topic! It's so great to get so many from experts. I am familiar (barely) with the Kitchener stitch, but it's not applicable for this project, inasmuch as the design calls for putting the squares together going in different directions in order to get a pattern. I am going to sit down soon with a crochet hook...still an unfamiliar tool for me for the most part...and see what I can "dream" up. So many of the tutorials are for those who are familiar with the basics of knitting and crochet. What they forget is that those of us who are still learning need a bit...a lot...more explanation, especially when it comes to terminology. For instance, recently I got some terrific help with a project and was told to "simply turn the corner" at the end of the row. Yikes! Now I'm trying to learn how to turn a corner. I thought I mastered that on my tricycle when I was 4...guess I am going to have to learn more and more and more. I have been a teacher for 37 years now and constantly have to remind myself that every year I have to reteach the same skills at the lowest levels to most of my new students. When I don't, and I gloss over things by just using terminology with which they are unfamiliar, I find that it takes longer to UNconfuse my cherubs! If I figure out a way to join the squares, I'll let you all know. I have a feeling that this afghan is truly going to look like someone's first afghan! Oy!

Be well, my friends.
Mark

Tallguy's picture

I'm somewhat confused on how

I'm somewhat confused on how you can join knitted squares together without stitching. Whenever you are "sewing" any pieces of fabric together, to me that is stitching, no matter what tool you use for it.

If you mean that you don't want a hard lumpy obvious seam, that is different. You can certainly accomplish that by grafting. This works perfectly top to bottom, and top to edge, but edge to edge is not going to work well at all. In that case, mattress stitch seems to be about the best method, that comes closest to grafting, although you do get a bit of a "seam" on the wrong side.

You could do some faggoting edge to edge, which puts a decorative stitch to the join. You can accomplish something similar with a crochet hook, hooking a loop first from one side then the other.
http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/joining_squares.htm
http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa010999.htm

If you truly wanted to join your squares without any stitching at all, then you could glue them together, I suppose. But I dunno.....

Tom Hart's picture

I saw a completed "All

I saw a completed "All American Afghan" at Imagiknit in San Francisco wherein all the squares were joined seamlessly. I was a new knitter at the time and was completely blown away by it. It just looked awesome. I asked how they did that and was told the Kitchener stitch. I've since learned how to do the Kitchener stitch (thanks, Bill!) and it does involve using a yarn needle but the needle is used like a knitting needle so I found that I didn't mind it at all. In fact I liked it. The result is like magic.

Kenny's picture

How do you Kitchener side by

How do you Kitchener side by side squares?

Tom Hart's picture

I think Kitchener is for the

I think Kitchener is for the top and bottom and the sides are done with mattress stitch, perhaps? Or maybe they picked up stitches on the sides and did the Kitchener that way? Not really sure. Somehow, though, whoever did that All American Afghan that was on display at Imagiknit made a completely seam-free work of art. It was really stunning. Really.

mwkbloom's picture

At one of my churches, we do

At one of my churches, we do Warm Up America blankets for each family for whom we build a Habitat House. One of our number does all the joining for every blanket (she's definitely a saint!). She discovered that if you single crochet around each square first, making sure you have the same number of stitched on each side and 3 stitches in each corner, it is then easy to join into strips, then join the strips. In our case, we do all the joining with black to give the blanket a stained-glass look. Is helpful if none of the squares is made from the joining color.

potterdc's picture

There's a wonderful site

There's a wonderful site with tutorials on joining afghan squares here:
http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/joining_squares.htm

Some of them include using a crochet hook.

Jonathan

Asplund's picture

You could pick up stitches

You could pick up stitches (with a crochet hook or a knitting needle) and then do a three-needle bindoff. Just make sure you get the same number of stitches along the two square sides you are going to join.

It is possible to do the bindoff from either the right or the wrong side depending on which you like best: it will be less visible if done from the wrong side, but could be used as a design element.

Kenny's picture

I've yet to learn how to put

I've yet to learn how to put them together seamlessly without a bulging seam. I would love to hear how you guys do it also.

ilhiker's picture

I was hoping to perhaps find

I was hoping to perhaps find a way using a crochet hook.