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Join-As-You-Go Method for Crochet Motifs

May 21, 2011

There are many ways to join your motifs, but I think that the join-as-you-go method is the easiest and quickest way. This method can be used for any kind of motif (try it with this vintage daisy motif!) and works especially well with pieces that already have picots or chain spaces – they’ll help guide you on where to join. For this example, we’ll be using hexagon motifs. If you’d like to read more about joining squares, I wrote a post about that here.

joining motifs

First, plan out how you are going to arrange your motifs (based on color and shape). I usually make a quick sketch as a guide. Then, make the first motif to the end with no changes, as you see above. We’ll be joining the rest of the motifs so that all of the corners are connected.

joining motifs

For the second motif, only work part of the final round. You’ll be joining the motifs together as you finish the final round. Each corner of these hexagons has a chain 3 space, and we want the joins to be in the center. So, at the corners we’ll chain one, make the join, then chain one again to complete the chain 3 space. Always join in the center. If your corner had 9 chains, you would chain 4, join, then chain 4 again. First we’ll try a slip stitch join.

joining motifs

joining motifs

Here’s what a slip stitch join looks like:

joining motifs

As you can see, the hexes will be joined at two points for the entirety of the first row of motifs. As you work more rows of motifs, you will need to stop the final round sooner because you will need to connect the hexes at more points, so plan ahead!

joining motifs

Next, we’ll try a single crochet join. I prefer the look of a single crochet join, but of course this is completely subjective. Also note that we’ll be joining at more points this time. So, make your motif and stop half way through the final round.

joining motifs

Insert your hook into the corner as you did for the slip stitch join, but this time make a single crochet in the corner.

joining motifs

joining motifs

For the single crochet join, your corners will go like this: chain one, single crochet in corner (insert hook, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook), chain one. Here’s what single crochet joins look like:

joining motifs

Pretty easy, right? The join-as-you-go method eliminates the need to do any tedious sewing, but keep these points in mind:

  • Plan ahead, especially if you have a specific color pattern in mind. Once you start joining, it will be a huge PIA if you find a mistake and have to rip everything back.
  • Wait until you’re all done with your project to weave in the ends. This way, if you do find a mistake, it will be easier to rip out the work and start over.
  • If you are joining motifs that don’t have chain spaces or picots, you may want to add a chain or two at the join so that the work doesn’t pucker. For example, if the final round of your motif is all single crochets: at the joining point chain one, join, chain one, continue. Of course, this depends on your tension, hook, and yarn, so use your discretion.
  • You can either join around a chain space (as I did in this tutorial) or you can join into/through a chain or stitch – it’s up to you.
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34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2011 8:58 am

    Wow great totu. Thank you

  2. May 22, 2011 3:12 pm

    There are several tutorials out there for joining motifs, this one is by far the best because you get a closer look and better detail. Thank you for sharing :)

    • May 22, 2011 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Susanne. I’m glad it’s clear and easy to follow (I always worry about these things)!

  3. May 23, 2011 6:36 pm

    oh these are so cute!! love them :)


  4. June 9, 2011 6:50 pm

    Excellent tutorial!

  5. June 11, 2011 1:08 am

    Finally! A tutorial that I can understand! I SO needed the visual! Thank you and now I can finish crocheting my Wild Rose Doily.

  6. June 21, 2011 11:23 am

    Your tutorial is very clear, well done:) Clever to write your instructions on the paper. Thanks you for sharing this with us.

  7. July 10, 2011 6:48 pm

    Thanks so much for these very detailed instructions on joining! Also, the daisy afghan in your previous post was exactly what I was hoping to find. Many years ago I made one exactly like yours using a flower/daisy loom and somehow with time and moving it disappeared. Your blog has inspired me to make another. I appreciate all of the time you put into sharing.
    Nancy :)

    • July 10, 2011 10:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy! When you finish your blanket, you should add photos to my new Flickr group (the link is at the top of the patterns/tutorials page)! I’d love to see how it turns out :)

  8. Sara permalink
    August 21, 2011 7:50 am

    This sounds really good! It is so hard to find precise details but I think I have finally found them here. I will be sitting down to practice this. Joining as you go has eluded me for too long but I think I will be finally able to do it now. Many thanks for taking the time to do your tutorial.

    • August 21, 2011 11:03 am

      Ooo. I hope this works for you–lemme know if you have any questions!

  9. Carol W permalink
    October 24, 2011 11:58 pm

    OMG, thank you for adding the clear, careful notes and for using three DIFFERENT colours for this excellent tutorial. All us visual/verbal learners thank you!!!

  10. Numsiri permalink
    January 23, 2012 2:26 pm

    thanks for the nice and easy-to-follow tutorial!
    i was wondering if you would mind sharing the pattern for these motifs and the yarn you used here.


  11. Numsiri permalink
    January 24, 2012 1:36 pm

    Thanks for your reply! I really like the colors of the yarn you used here. Do you happend to remember which brand of yarn this was?

    • January 24, 2012 4:38 pm

      Agh! Honestly, they were unraveled scraps from a couple old baby blankets I got at a yard sale. Sorry, I know that’s not helpful :/

  12. michelle permalink
    August 31, 2012 12:27 am

    Thank you! I hate sewing the pieces together, and knew there had to be a better way of joining, I did find a Spanish video but couldn’t understand and she was so fast.

  13. September 16, 2012 3:47 pm

    This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. February 10, 2013 8:34 am

    Thanks for sharing, fab blog :-)

  15. Kalpana Tapkire permalink
    July 30, 2013 10:06 pm

    Hi I really liked your pictorial explanation . You made it simple and easy . I wanted to crotchet some crochet stone and did not know how to goa out it. Thanks you helped me in tryi g it


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