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Joining Granny Squares – Part 1 With Needle & Yarn

Using a tapestry needle and yarn there are two ways to join Granny Squares and other motifs.

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Whipstitch Seam – Place two granny squares side by side, wrong sides up. Be sure to match your stitches as you work along the joining edge. Insert the needle under the top loops of corresponding stitches, pull yarn through and back over, whipping the stitches together. Move to the next stitches and repeat across, joining both edges.

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Weave Seam – Place two granny squares side by side, wrong sides up. Insert needle front to back (Square #1 to Square #2), under top loops of corresponding stitches, pull yarn through. In next stitch reverse process. Insert needle from back to front (Square #2 to Square #1), under top loops of corresponding stitches, pull yarn through. In short you are uniting both granny squares with a running sewing stitch. You can also work on the right sides instead if you prefer the running stitches to show.

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Video – Simple & Sensational™ – #1 Join Granny Squares with Whipstitch Seam & Weave Seam

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Joining Granny Squares – Part 2 with a Chain Seam & Single Crochet Seam

Two more ways to join Granny Squares.

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Chain Seam – Using Granny Squares without a special finishing edge. With right sides of Granny Squares together (if you want the chain stitches to be part of the design, work wrong sides together), join both Granny Squares with a single crochet through the corner spaces, *chain 3, skip 3 double crochet, single crochet through the next spaces of both Granny Squares; repeat * across joining edge.

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Single Crochet Seam – With right sides of Granny Squares together (if you want the joining ridge to be part of the design, work wrong sides together), single crochet (or slip stitch if you prefer) through both top loops of each corresponding Granny Square stitches, creating a crocheted seam. This way does form a bulkier seam.

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Video – Simple & Sensational™ – #2 Join Granny Squares with Chain Seam & Single Crochet Seam

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Joining Granny Squares – Part 3 Single Crochet Single Loops

Front Single Crochet Seam– With wrong sides of Granny Squares together, work through the back loop of the front Granny Square and the front loop of the back Granny Square, single crochet through corresponding stitches on both Granny Squares. This creates a ridge in the center of the seam with a line border on each side. The back seam is a flat join.

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Back Single Crochet Seam – With right sides of Granny Squares together, work through the front loop of the front Granny Square and the back loop of the back Granny Square, single crochet through corresponding stitches on both Granny Squares. This creates a ridge in the center of the seam with a line border on each side. The front side has a flat seam.

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Video – Simple & Sensational™ – #3 Join Granny Squares with Sc Single Loops

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Joining Granny Squares – Part 4 with Chain Seam and Dc2tog

Two more ways to join Granny Squares.

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Chain Seam– With right sides of Granny Squares facing up and lying next to each other, attach yarn to corner stitch of one Granny Square and sc in same stitch, *ch 3, sc in corresponding st of other Granny Square, ch 3, skip 1 st on 1st Granny Square, sc in next st; repeat from * across edge, creating an open, lacy seam.

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Dc2tog – With right sides of Granny Squares facing up and lying next to each other, attach yarn in corner st, yo, insert hook in same st, *yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in corresponding st on other Granny Square, yo, pull through, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 3 loops on hook, skip 1 st on the 1st Granny Square, yo, insert hook in next st; repeat from * across edge. You are making a half dc on one Granny Square, a half dc on the other Granny Square and uniting them when the 2nd dc is completed.

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Video – Simple & Sensational™ – #4 Join Granny Squares with Chain Seam and Dc2tog

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What are Triple/Treble Crochet and Post Stitches?

Some of the best and simplest designs can be created with post stitches.

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Of course, a post stitch is a stitch that is worked around the post of a previous row stitch. The depth depends on the type of stitch used. It can be a Front Post Triple/Treble Stitch (FPtr) or a Back Post Triple/Treble Stitch (BPtr).

Another popular one is a Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) or a Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc). Through more rare, even a single crochet can be used. Numerous intricate-looking designs can be created with this simple twist on a basic stitch.

Video – Simple & Sensational™ – Crochet a Triple/Treble Crochet, Plus Front Post and Back Post Stitches

One example is April’s video and pattern. It can be made with three alternating colors as in the pattern or in a rainbow of colors using your yarn stash. Either way, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind afghan or baby blanket. Or make multiple squares and unite them using one of the decorative joining seams seen in the series of videos and blogs.

Video – Simple & Sensational™ – Joining Granny Squares – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

For more decorative post stitches, check out 99 Crochet Post Stitches by Darla Sims. She creates some great textured fabrics using simple stitches. The easy-to-follow directions and clear pictures, along with possible projects, get your create juices going.

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Stitch Red Draws Attention to Heart Disease – The #1 Killer of Women in the United States

I first heard about Stitch Red at Stitches West. What exactly is Stitch Red?

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First, it is not a non-profit. It does not fund research or directly collect donations. What it is – an awareness campaign. Through partnerships with manufacturers and retailers in the needlearts industry, Stitch Red is drawing attention to heart disease, helping people understand the risk factors for the disease and encouraging the adoption of healthier lifestyles so people can protect their heart health. All funds raised will benefit the Foundation of the National institutes of Health (FNIH) in support of the Heart Truth®.

What was Stitch Red’s origin? As the website states: “Stitch Red was originally a collaboration between Laura Zander and her friend and marketing mentor, Marta McGinnis. At one friendly coffee meeting, Marta shared that she had recently survived a major heart attack. Laura has also been touched by heart disease, as her young and fit husband Doug had recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure. Through these experiences, both women were shocked to learn that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. Sadly, Marta passed away in 2008 before Stitch Red ever got off the ground. She will forever be a driving inspiration for the campaign!”

All participants are donating at least 5% of their gross profits of each sale of their Stitch Red products or Stitch Red Knit events directly to FNIH. The campaign continues from June 2012 to June 2013.

What can you do?

Buy a Product: More than 60 manufacturers and retailers in the needlearts industry have created one-of-a-kind Stitch Red products to be sold in local yarn shops throughout the country and at www.StitchRed.com.

Sponsor an Event: Local yarn shops throughout the U.S. are hosting Stitch Red Knit Nights and other community events. Think about sponsoring your own event at a local yarn store.

Check out Knit Red: This new book by Laura Zander features 30 knitting patterns form celebrity designers as well as their personal stories on how they stay heart healthy.

Note: The book contains only knitting patterns. There are a few crocheted items at the website. I’m working on an item or two to submit for consideration so crochet won’t be overlooked.

You can find more information at www.StitchRed.com.

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Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Basic or Simple Stitch

The basic Afghan or Tunisian Crochet stitch (sometimes called a Knit Stitch) creates a knit-like fabric with an Afghan or Tunisian Crochet hook. This stitch creates small squares perfect for further decorative needlework. I’ve seen some lovely and complex afghan designs made with this basic stitch used to crochet the main afghan in a single-colored yarn. Then beautiful designs were embroidered or cross-stitched in one or more colors over the afghan’s grid.

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In Afghan or Tunisian Crochet (also called Tricot) each row is worked twice using an Afghan or Tunisian hook to “cast on” a forward pass and to “cast off” a return pass.

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Foundation Row: Begin with a regular crochet hook, usually a size smaller than your Afghan/Tunisian crochet hook. Loosely chain the number needed for your project.

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Cast-on: Switch to the Afghan/Tunisian crochet hook. For a nice chain bottom edge, work through the back loop of your foundation chain only. *Insert hook under the next back loop, yo, pull through adding a loop to your hook; repeat from * across row.

NOTE: Foundation Row only. To create a nice chain stitch up the non-dominate hand edge, yo on hook before the final loop cast on.

Cast-off: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row, ending with one loop on hook.

Basic Stitch Rows:

Cast-on: *Insert hook under vertical bar, yo, pull through adding a loop to your hook; repeat from * across, ending by inserting hook under final 2 loops of chain stitch edge. (Picture 2 below shows 2 loops at edge.)

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Cast-off: *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row, ending with one loop on hook.

Binding off: After you have reached the desired length and you have cast-off your final row, place the final single loop over the regular crochet hook you used for the foundation chain. *Insert hook under vertical bar, yo, pull through loop on hook (slip stitch); repeat from * across row, ending with final slip stitch under last 2-loop chain stitch edge. End off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: I like using the slip stitch; however, you can choose to bind off with a single crochet by *inserting hook under vertical bar, yo, pull through, yo pull through 2 loops; repeat from * across row.

For more information, watch video: Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Basic Stitch