Last week I shared with you this Granny Crochet Hexagon Pattern that I have been furiously working up into lots of wonderful color combinations. Now it’s time to move on to the next step: joining crochet hexagons together. You can join them using a slip stitch join or with the join as you go method that I will work you through below.
the join as you go (JAYGO) method
The join as you go (JAYGO) method is my favorite joining technique. In the JAYGO method you join your pieces, in this case your crochet hexagons, while working the final round of the pattern. You do this by crocheting the edging around your hexagon as you normally would, but slipping the loop off your hook at different points to pick it up again through a part of the other hexagon to attached them. You will see what I mean in the photos and written out pattern instructions below.
Joining Crochet Hexagons
To begin joining your hexagons using the JAYGO method, work this round on your first hexagon only:
Round 4: Join cream color in in the last ch-sp made, ch 1 (does not count as st), 1 sc in same ch-sp, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 2, [1sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in corner ch-sp, ch 2, *1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch-sp, ch 2, [1sc, ch 1, 1 sc] in corner ch-sp, ch 2, rep from * around, join and fasten off — 24 scs and 24 ch-sps.
Joining Your next Hexagon
To join your second hexagon to your first, begin working Round 4 as above on the second hexagon, but when you reach the first corner of the side that is going to join, connect as follows:
Work 1 sc in the corner ch-sp of the second motif, ch 1, drop the loop off your hook and insert hook from front to back into the corner ch-sp of the first motif, pull the loop through, work 1 sc in same corner ch-sp of the second motif, *ch 1, drop loop again and pull it up in opposite ch-2 sp of the first motif, ch 1 again and work 1 sc in next ch-2 sp on the second motif, repeat from * 2 more times with the second time ending with the sc in the corner ch-1 sp of the second motif, ch 1, drop the loop off your hook and insert hook from front to back into the corner ch-sp of the first motif, pull the loop through, work 1 sc in same corner ch-sp of the second motif. Now your motifs should be joined on one side and you can continue working Round 4 as usual the rest of the way around your second motif.
Did I lose you? I hope not. Are you ready to join the next one?
Joining The rest
You join your third motif and each one that follows the same way as you joined the first two, except now you will be joining across two sides of the hexagon. Keep joining and arranging the hexagons until you reach your desired layout.
Filling in the gaps
To fill in the large spaces between the full hexagons, crochet half hexagons and join them in the same way. Don’t worry about those smaller valleys right now, we are going to fill them in when working our edging. Click here to go to the Granny Hexagon Crochet Edging.
Be sure to bookmark my hexagon crochet blanket pattern page for a complete reference with all the links to each step.