I have been asked to demonstrate how you join the corners in a granny square or motif project. Of course, there are several different ways of doing this.
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For this granny square grouping, I’ve joined the granny squares or motifs with single crochets worked through the back loop of the front granny square and the front loop of the back granny square. Try to match the stitches as best you can as you work along the motif’s side. When you arrive at the place where the ridges meet, continue to work your join on one side of the ridge connecting the two adjacent granny squares. Without making a stitch, skip over the ridge and continue connecting the next two adjacent granny squares in the same manner. When you stretch your fabric, you’ll see a clean meeting of all four corners.
However, a lot of patterns have you join the granny squares or motifs as you work. This granny square grouping is joined with a chain two and single crochet into the next loop, creating a lacy look. Sometimes the pattern has you work one row of lace around the granny square or motif before joining. This one did not. The unjoined sides were work with chain five and single crochet into the next granny square ch-1 space. When you start attaching the motifs, you chain two and single crochet in the next loop, alternating between the two motifs you are joining. The corner joins can be done in three different ways.
For the first corner join, you attach granny square #1 with granny square #2. When you attach granny square #3 and #4, you work around each motif and attach it to only one granny square on each side. At the corner you do not attach the granny square or motif diagonally across. What will usually happen in this type of join? There is a space where the four corners meet. If the space isn’t that noticeable (as in this sample), it will become part of the design. However, depending on the pattern, if the empty space is quite large, a smaller motif is often added to fill this space. On the next two corner joins that space will be filled.
For the second corner join you attach each motif as before, however, when you reach the corner, you will work so motif #3 and #4 will be attached to the motif diagonally across. For motif #4 you can make your single crochet by wrapping it around all the joins at the diagonal corner. But sometimes it can look a little lumpy. You will have to experiment yourself to see it this type of corner join works for your project.
I personally prefer the third corner join. Work around as in the second corner join above, filling the empty space with the diagonal join. However, for motif #4’s corner join, I will go through the center of where all the stitches are connected, making my single crochet by inserting my hook into the center of the stitches. Then I turn my work and continue working the joining technique down the side. When I stretch the fabric out, it’s going to have a small design filling the space.
Experiment to see which corner join works best for your project, depending on the joining technique you are using and how you desire the finished corners to look.