By the way, this is the yarn I use.
Dc/treble: this refers to the same stitch. Dc if you use US crochet terms and treble if you use UK terms.
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There are loads of methods of joining (granny) squares, my method is just one, and may not even be the best. But I like this one because once you get it -and to be honest, there isn't that much to get!- you can do it without much thinking. And I also like how the joining 'seam' looks almost seamless. Especially if you use the same colour as the final round in each square. Plus it's a pretty quick method, nice!
Because of how this method works, it is best to have as few squares in each stack as possible. For example, there's 70 squares in my blanket, 7 x 10, so I have 10 stacks with 7 in each. Don't worry, if this sounds a bit confusing, it will make sense later.
It may take a bit of getting used to holding the 2 squares while you work them, but this might give you an idea. Holding the work like this works for me anyway.
And aren't you glad you have as few squares as possible in your stacks? It is a bit tedious joining each square - it will get better later on.
It's the same principle as joining square with square.
When you get to the join between 2 squares, the space created by the ch 3 in a corner should be treated like any other space, so make 3 dc/trebles in that too. Continue joining the row, front, back, front, back and so on. Ending with 1 dc/treble in the last corner space, which should be in the back row.
How fun is that? Just zooming along, joining the rows? Far better than the individual squares, right?
Joining the squares in this way the blanket will not look completely straight, but that just adds charm I think. If the 'wonkiness' bothers you, you can block it if you have the room to do that. The wonkiness also lessens with time and use.