How to Join Granny Squares with the Continuous Join As You Go Method (CJAYGO)

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There are so many different joining methods for crochet granny squares.

You’ve got the whip stitch seaming method, the invisible join, you can attach them with slip stitches, you can use the mattress stitch, you can do a flat braid join, there’s the basic single crochet join method, there’s the invisible seam method, don’t forget the flat slip stitch join method, the list of different ways to join goes on and on.

If you’re like me, you probably aren’t a huge fan of weaving in 8 million yarn ends once you’re finished attaching all your squares.

That’s why I love the continuous JAYGO method!

To attach your crochet squares with this technique, you just work your grannies until you have all but the last row complete.

You can make as many as you want, as long as each row has the same amount.

Once you’re finished, you’ll only have 2 yarn ends to weave in with your yarn needle, isn’t that amazing?!

Granny Square Patterns

old fashioned crochet granny square blanket

Before you can join your squares, you’ve got to make them!

Here are some different types of granny afghan squares to try:

How to Join Granny Squares with CJAYGO Method

Learn how to join granny squares with my personal favorite method, the CJAYGO join!

Supplies You’ll Need

  • yarn in your choice of joining color (I recommend using the same type and weight as your granny squares)
  • crochet hook that fits your yarn (I’m using 5.0 mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Notes

  • Pattern is in US Terms
  • Make sure your granny squares have the right sides facing up. I like to stack them in the order I’ll need them so I don’t end up with any wrong sides facing up.
  • You’ll be joining all the squares with one color of yarn.

Abbreviations

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • ch sp – chain space
  • dc – double crochet

Special Stitches

  • granny cluster – 3 double crochet worked in one chain space
  • corner – 3 double crochet, chain 2, 3 double crochet all in the same corner space
  • flat join – drop the loop from your hook and keep a hold of it so it doesn’t come undone. Insert hook into the closest chain space from the first granny square. Place the loop back on your crochet hook and tighten up the yarn. Yarn over and pull through the loop and the chain space.

Video Tutorial

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Instructions

Here’s a map showing the path we’ll be taking to join our granny squares.

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Row 1

We’re going to start in the top right corner of the top right square.

start in the upper right corner of the top granny square

Join your yarn onto the far right side of that corner space with a basic double knot.

Insert your hook into the ch sp. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through to make the first chain.

Now chain 2 more times (this makes our chain 3 and counts as the first dc of this corner).

Work 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1 into corner space.

Work a granny cluster + ch 1 into next two spaces.

In next space, work a corner (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1).

Work a granny cluster + ch 1 into next two spaces.

Work a corner.

Work a granny cluster + ch 1 into next two spaces.

In the next corner, work 3 dc.

first granny square crocheted around

Now we’re going to join the next square.

Ch 2, make 3 dc in corner space of next square.

Turn your work around so the first granny square is above the one you just joined.

Now we’re going to work across the top of the second granny square and join it to the first.

Make a flat join in the chain space of top granny square.

Make granny cluster then a flat join in next two ch sp.

When you reach the corner space, make a corner as usual. DON’T attach it to the corner of the other granny square.

don't join the two corners for this row

Continue working granny clusters and corner along next two sides of the granny square.

When you reach the bottom corner, attach the next granny square in the same manner as the previous one.

Repeat that process for all the remaining granny squares of this row.

When you get to your last granny square, work to the bottom left corner, make 3 dc in that corner and then we’ll move onto Row 2.

continue attaching the granny squares of this row until you reach the last square

Row 2

Ch 2, attach the next granny square by making 3 dc in one of the corners. On the map, this is the granny square marked #5.

attaching the next granny square of the second row

Make a flat join, then continue making granny clusters and flat joins until you reach the corner.

work until you reach the corner

At the corner, work 3 dc into corner space. Ch 1, then make a flat join to the corner diagonal to this corner. It’s the upper left corner from where you are now.

join to the corner diagonal from the one your working on

Grab your next granny square for this row, and make 3 dc in the corner to attach it.

join the next granny square going to the left

Continue this pattern across the row until you have all the granny squares attached.

When you reach the last square, work to the corner, then make 3 dc in the corner space.

Now we’re going to attach these two corners together since it’s on the outer edge.

Ch 1, and make a flat join to the corner of the other square.

two joined corners of outside edge of the granny square blanket

Continue as usual across the top of the granny square, down the left side, and across the bottom until you reach the corner.

work around to the bottom corner of the square
work down and around until you get to the bottom right corner

Make 3 dc in the last corner, ch 1, make a flat join across to the corner diagonal to this corner (it’s the only one still unattached).

Continue across the top of the next granny square down, making 3 dc in the corner, and attaching with flat joins in between each granny cluster.

continue joining squares in this manner until they're all joined

Work the left corner as usual and DON’T attach them.

Repeat this process for all the granny squares in this row.

When you get to the last granny square of the row, work to the bottom left corner, make 3 dc in that corner and we’ll move onto the next row.

Row 3 and On

The rest of the rows will be done the same way as Row 2.

When you reach the last row, we’ll finish the two unfinished edges. After you make 3 dc in the bottom left corner of the last square, move onto the next step.

Finishing the 2 Outer Edges

Finish the corner and work across the bottom edge of the square you’re on.

When you reach the joining point of the two rows, make a flat join into the loop between the two squares.

Continue across the squares working normal granny and corner clusters, and joining with a flat join to each loop in between the squares.

When you get back to where you started, ch 1 and sl st into the top of the ch 3. Finish off.

Done!

Now all you have to do is weave in those two little ends and your crochet work is finished!

In my opinion, this is the easiest way to attach granny squares for a blanket.

What do you think? Let me know down below!

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How to Join Granny Squares with the Continuous Join As You Go Method (CJAYGO)

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