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Continuous Join-as-you-go (Again!)

Continuous Join-as-you-go (CJAYG) *Again!*

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This tutorial will show you the method behind the crochet continuous join as you go, but there are an infinite amount of ways you can use this method. My tutorial here is just a strong foundation to springboard to more uses.

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83 thoughts on “Continuous Join-as-you-go (Again!)

      1. Hello there! It depends on the size of the blanket you’d like to make, but for a baby blanket you might need 80 – 8×10 circles. Or it all depends on how large you want the finished blanket to be.
        Have fun with it!
        Rachele C.

  1. Love the continuous JAYG and love your photos. I use that diagram from Crochet Cabana also. Do you think it is possible to join hexagons with continuous JAYG?

    1. Extremely intriguing challenge! I’ll have to do some sketching and research! I like to join my hexes on the last round, but I’m thinking of doing a project where I do a final round of white on all hexes, and I certainly wouldn’t mind doing it continuously. 🙂

  2. Whaow. I feel slightly overwhelmed by your tutorial but think it is terrific. I have 70 squares that need to be joined and am definitely going to try this method because otherwise I will be breaking off yarn and weaving in ends until Christmas 2015. Thank you so much for sharing. Your cushion is divine! Best wishes Carol

    1. Fabulous! 🙂 I’m glad it could be of use! You can trust me when I say that I absolutely didn’t get it the first time around on this one… I was baffled as could be until it just clicked one day! It’s worth giving a go just because it’s such a stable join. It practically creates a net of structure!

      Good luck on your joining and I’d love to see pics 🙂

  3. I’ve been following your tutorial and am up to my second row and am loving it…my corners don’t quite look as beautiful as yours but Im trying…thanks for a great tutorial…I’ll post on Instagram when I’m done

      1. I raised left handed children so I used a mirror ,they could see everything they needed in left hand try outgrow pattern in a mirror. It works well for tieing shoes etc.😂

    1. I am really unfamiliar with the left handed process, unfortunately! I would recommend searching YouTube for “left handed continuous join as you go.” Also, I got some commentary regarding the topic on my Textured Circles free pattern. That pattern features a join as you go, although it isn’t continuous.
      Good luck to you! 🙂

  4. What is the reason for this, as opposed to joining granny squares that have the same color border . I’m still very new at crocheting.

    1. I like to do the continuous join if I can because there are only 2 ends to sew in. Also usually if a blanket falls apart, it’s at the place where 4 squares meet, so here the join can’t fall apart because it’s like a big, sturdy net. And also it makes your joins look like you blocked them really well – they look very straight and perfect.

      But, sometimes you can’t do the continuous join on a project and that’s okay! Any crochet blanket automatically looks fabulous just because being creative is awesome! 🙂

      Thank you!

  5. Reblogged this on Nadine Creates and commented:
    In all my years of crocheting the granny square, I have never seen it joined like this. Just think of how nice it would be to not have all those tails to worry about. I am doing this but in a larger size for a baby blanket this week. I will post pictures soon.

      1. Thanks! I used the smaller one that the original tutorial for the centres used so I was confused by how yours was fitting a 20-22 pillow….lol

  6. I have search Ravelry for this and have had no luck. The best I can do is reference your website. I love how clear this tutorial is, and I’m finally working on some circles with scrap yarn to donate to charity. I love granny squares, but struggle with joining. Thank you so much for your instructions!

  7. LOVE THIS!!!
    Just finished my practice peice, and now getting started on a larger sized project.
    Thank you for your awesome tutorial…
    Wish I knew how or where to share a pic.

  8. LOVE THIS!!!
    Just finished my practice peice, and now getting started on a larger sized project.
    Thank you for your awesome tutorial…
    Wish I knew how or where to share a pic.

  9. My brain is spinning! Looks gorgeous. Not sure if I will ever figure it out lol. Maybe one day you will make a video.. pleasssse!! LOVE all your work!

  10. amei ,seu método de uniaõ ,interessante ,voce deu nova maneira de faser uma uniaõ bem diferente de muitas outras visto pela internet!,obrigada ,vou guardar a7chaves,vou tentar unir desta forma!,

  11. Thank you very much for this!! A coworker gave me hundreds and hundreds of circles that her mother had made before she died. She didn’t know what to do with them and I offered to join them for her many nieces and nephews and turn them into pillows. They aren’t granny squares, they are just crocheted circles and I had no idea how to join them!! This post has been steady on my laptop for weeks while I put the circles together using your technique. I still have many many more to join but I think I really have the hang of it. I’ve even joined only 4 circles and even just 6. I could never done this without you. Thank you so much for your idea and easy to follow instructions and pictures. I love it!!

    1. Oh this is so lovely! Many condolences to your friend for her loss and thank you so much for popping in to share the story. I’m honored to be a small part of your endeavor!

      Continuous Join as you go is one of those things that takes a long time to “click”, but once it clicks, you can really start to re-vamp many joins so that they’re continuous. The biggest trick is what to do at the corners where 4 squares meet! Once you get that sorted, you can use it for so many projects. I’m glad you were able to make such lovely use of it!
      Thanks again for sharing, and happy crafting to you!
      Rachele C.

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