Learn the crochet lace join method for joining squares or motifs to create an open and lacy mesh crochet lace join for blankets and so much more! A photo and video tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home!
I am currently working on a brand new design that will be released in a few weeks which features triangle shapes joined together. I wanted to have a more open and lacy join between the triangles to give the scarf a little more drape and some added visual interest. This lacy crochet method has an almost mesh-like appearance and it provided some amazing drape to my design!
This crochet lace join method is very simple using beginner friendly stitches – double crochet stitches and chains. This is a very quick way to join granny squares or motifs together without sewing.
Sometimes I forget just how many ways there are to join squares or motifs together. I tend to gravitate to the same ones over and over but I think it is always good to have multiple methods to give each of your projects a unique and distinctive look.
It makes no difference which stitches are used for your square. You can use this method with squares made with single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) or double crochet stitches (dc).
Use with smaller squares or large squares, triangles or motifs – lots of options for this lacy crochet join method.
If you wanted smaller “holes” or gaps in your mesh you could also change the double crochet stitches to a single crochet or even a half double crochet stitch as well. Each will give you a completely different look. You would still skip stitches and chain 1 between stitches but the gaps or holes would be smaller depending on which stitch you choose to use. Check out the difference below.
Single crochet join method which would have less drape than a longer double crochet stitch:
Half Double crochet mesh join. You can see what a difference there is already between the single and half double crochet stitches!
If you would like the free Cotton Candy square pattern shown in the photos you can find all the details including link to the free pattern on this post. You can also watch me walk through this square step by step on YouTube or Facebook!
Use a contrasting color if you want your mesh join to pop or use the same color as your square to allow it to coordinate and be a little less noticeable.
I am providing a complete photo tutorial below as well as a complete video tutorial so you can see it in action. If you are unable to view the video here on the blog I also have it on YouTube. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.
If you are looking for a flat and invisible seam join you may want to check out my Mattress Stitch Join photo and video tutorial. A fantastic way to join crochet squares with a sewing method.
At the bottom of the tutorial you will see an example of how to join strips of squares together to make a blanket or pillow.
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Try out this crochet lace joining method with the following squares which are all free crochet patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home:
- 1. Sunflower Granny Square free crochet pattern
- 2. Apple Granny Square free crochet pattern
- 3. Fall Leaves Granny square free crochet pattern
Crochet Lace Join Method Written Instructions & Photo Tutorial
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
st = slip stitch
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
st = stitch
Note: Be sure to hold your yarn over on your hook when you are working your double crochet stitch otherwise you will “lose” your loop before completing the double crochet stitch.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
Crochet Lace Join Method for Granny Squares or Motifs
- With RS of both square facing out and WS together, insert hook into corner stitch or corner space of front square and attach yarn with a sl st, ch 2. For the square shown I am inserting hook into the very corner stitch. If you were working with a traditional granny square you would insert hook into the corner chain space.
- dc in corner of back square, ch 1,
- sk next stitch of front square, dc in next st,
- sk next st of back square, dc in next st, ch 1,
- continue repeating steps 3-4 to next corner.
Fasten off and repeat for additional squares.
To join your granny square strips together, I would recommend working a dc in the front and back dc post spaces on both sides of the strips. You can see an example below.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Do you have a favorite join method or are you interested in more tutorials featuring additional join methods? I love to hear from my readers – just drop me a note below in the comments!
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