Single Crochet Join For Crochet Hexagons & Other Motifs
Joining crochet hexagons with single crochet join is a simple crochet technique that creates a raised ridge around your hexagon while leaving the back of your work flat.
I recently updated my crochet hexagon pattern with brand new photos and a video tutorial and I’ve been crocheting a bunch of them for a new honeycomb baby blanket. I still have to decide which joining method will suit it best, but at least I have only two options left on the list: the invisible seam join and the single crochet join.
Today I will show you how to join your hexagons, granny squares or other crochet pieces with the single crochet join technique plus tips on how to join all seams so they will look like one continuous joining line.
Because my passion is designing baby blankets and afghans and I often get asked questions about joining crochet motifs, the order on which they are joined and how many you need to make a blanket. Here is the answer to the most popular ones.
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When should I use the single crochet joining technique?
- when you want a raised ridge around your motifs
- as a decorative accent on your crocheted garments
- when you are constructing a corner or sharp angle (for example the bottom of a bag or basket, or a 3d shape such as a hexagon ball)
Do I need to block crochet motifs before joining?
Blocking is not a must but I highly recommend you block your crochet pieces. Why? Because your crochet hexagons will have to be lined up so the stitches can match and blocking helps by making them the same size, flat and easy to handle.
Can I use the single crochet join on any crochet piece?
Yes, the single crochet joining technique can be applied to any piece of crochet. You can join:
- crochet hexagons, granny squares or any other crochet motifs for baby blankets and afghans
- crochet garment pieces
- any flat crochet piece
- amigurumi toys and any 3D crochet piece
In what order I should join my crochet hexagons for baby blankets?
Joining hexagons to make a blanket is not as easy as joining granny squares because they have a lot more edges that don’t perfectly align. My method is to join them in strips the length of the blanket I am making, and then join the hexagon strips with a continuous single crochet join. I find this method to be a lot easier and less confusing.
How many hexagons do you need for a blanket?
I get this question a lot! There is no straight answer to it, it depends on how big your hexagons are and how big you want the blanket to be. You can get a rough estimate by crocheting one hexagon, measuring it and then figuring out how many you will need for the width and how many for the height of the blanket.
Now that I’ve answered some of your questions about joining your crochet hexagons, lets get down to the actual single crochet join technique!
Single Crochet Join Instructions
For this particular tutorial I used crochet hexagons because I wanted to show you how I join them in the corners and how I connect the ridges to look like one continuous line, but you can use these steps and tips to join any kind of crochet pieces together.
• crochet hook (same size as the one you used for the hexagons)
• same weight yarn as used to make your hexagons, in the color of your choice
TIP #1: make sure your pieces aligned and the corresponding stitches are matching (first stitch on hexagon 1 is in front the first stitch on hexagon 2 and so on). If your stitches get out of alignment and you skip one (or sew twice in one) by mistake, you will end up with weird puckers and uneven angles at corners.
TIP #2: For each two hexagons you are joining, you start joining in one corner and finish in the opposite corner.
TIP #3: It’s easier and you can see the stitches better if you hold two hexagons together with the wrong sides facing each other rather than doing it on a flat surface.
TIP #4: This is optional, but recommended. Try to sew in ends as you go, the finished product will look neater.
Single Crochet Join Video Tutorial
For those who learn better by watching videos, I have created a video tutorial on how to join crochet pieces with the invisible seam, you can find it on Crafting Happiness YouTube Channel.
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Single Crochet Join Written Instructions
We are going to join the hexagons by single crocheting through the stitches on both hexagons.
You have two options here and both options are just as good, it all depends on what kind of ridge you want to create.
1. single crochet through the entire stitch – if you want a bulkier ridge
2. single crochet through back loops only of the stitches – if you want a ridge, but not as bulky
No matter which option you choose, the technique is the same. I chose to single crochet through the entire stitch of the hexagons because I wanted maximum height on my ridge.
For the sake of this tutorial, I will not be joining the yarn in strips, instead, I joined 3 hexagons to each other because I wanted to show you how to do it in the corners and how to join the ridges to each other.
The starting point will be the corner of the hexagon and, to make the tutorial easy to follow, I assigned a number to each of the 3 hexagons. First I joined hexagon 2 & 3 to hexagon 1, then I joined hexagon 2 to hexagon 3.
Step 1: Join hexagon 2 to hexagon 1
1. Pick up hexagons 1 and 2 and hold them together with the wrong sides touching each other. Insert your hook through both corners and make a slip knot.
2. Join the yarn with a slip knot.
3. & 4. Single crochet through the corresponding stitches by inserting the hook underneath the entire stitch.
5. When you reach the corner spaces, make a single crochet in them.
6. You have now joined hexagon 2 to hexagon 1. Don’t fasten off, don’t cut the yarn, just continue with step 2.
Step 2: Join hexagon 3 to hexagon 1
1. Continue by joining hexagon 3 to hexagon one. Put the two hexagons with the wrong sides facing each other
2. Single crochet through both corners.
3. Single crochet in each corresponding stitches until you reach the next corner spaces.
4. Single crochet in the corner spaces and fasten off.
5. You now have both hexagons 2 and 3 joined to hexagon 1.
Step 3: Join hexagons 2 and 3 to each other & connect the single crochet ridges
1. & 2. Join the yarn with a slip stitch in the previously made single crochet ridge (where all 3 corners meet). This will ensure that the single crochet ridges are connected to each other and will look like one continuous join.
3. Hold hexagons 2 and 3 together with the wrong sides facing each other and single crochet through both corners.
4. The continue to crochet through the corresponding stitches across.
5. When you reach the corner spaces, single crochet in them and fasten off.
6. You have now joined all 3 hexagons to each other with the slip stitch method.
TIP: Joining your single crochet ridges as you go
When you are making a blanket, you will have multiple single crochet ridges that will need joining as you go.
As you single crochet your hexagons together, make sure to slip stitch into any existing single crochet join as you single crochet past them.
A good example is when joining strips of hexagon together, you will crochet past the joining you made to connect the hexagons in a strip. Make sure to slip stitch in them to connect them.
And this is how you join crochet hexagons, granny squares and other crochet pieces with the single crochet join.
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