Because motifs use an endless variety of stitch patterns, not all of them are joined in the same spot, but some general guidelines do exist:
- Motifs that have side edges, like squares or triangles, are usually joined along one or more sides.
- Motifs with points (think flowers and stars) are joined at one or more points.
- Work the first granny square completely and fasten off.
- Work the next square until you reach the point where you want to join the 2 pieces together. This point is usually a corner stitch or chain space.
- Work the corner stitch or chain for the square you're currently on.
- Holding the 2 pieces with wrong sides together, insert your hook from the back of the current square into the same corner stitch or space of the square you completed in Step 1.
- Yarn over and draw your hook through the corner stitch, or space, and the stitch on your hook, as shown here.
You now have a slip stitch seam at the corner.
- Continue working the stitches across the side of the square, joining stitches or spaces as directed.
- Finish the square you're working on to the end of the round and fasten off; weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle. Continue working any remaining motifs the same way. To see what 2 pieces joined together on the last round look like, see the following figure.
If you're working a row of squares, like for a scarf, you have to join squares on only one side. If you're working a blanket or a shawl, however, you need to join the pieces together on more than one side. Blanket and shawl designs often consist of several rows containing a number of motifs that must be joined, which is why you join them on more than one side.