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HOW TO: Assemble a blanket of knitted blocks

The first step to assemble a blanket of knitted blocks is to decide the distribution of the pieces and block them. Some people prefer to block them first and then think about their distribution, and others choose to first decide the distribution and then block. I usually choose the second one because it allows me to block the squares in batches. This way, while the second batch of squares in the process of blocking is drying up, I start sewing the first batch 🙂 If you don’t know how to block your squares or want to see a step-by-step guide, I suggest you take a look at my article on blocking.

To give you an example of the whole process I share the photos of the assembly of my “12 blocks for Xmas” blanket (click for the free pattern).

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Stack of blocks waiting to be turned into a blanket 🙂

1) DISTRIBUTION OF THE BLOCKS

Play with them, placing them in different places until the layout is just as you want it to:

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12 Blocks for Xmas blanket: positioning all blocks

2) JOINING BLOCKS

There are several ways to join the blocks, and I show below the ones that I use the most. Before choosing the method however, it is necessary to decide the direction of the joins that will be made first. I recommend that you always make the horizontal ones between blocks, for example, and then all the vertical joins. That’s what I usually do.

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Assembling the blanket: the horizontal seams are finished, obtaining strips of blocks.

INVISIBLE HORIZONTAL SEAM

I use this seam to join one bound-off edge with one casted-on one (or two bound-off or two casted-on edges). You need to have the same amount of stitches in each piece because it is worked stitch by stitch, recreating a row. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Line up the edges of your pieces, with the right sides facing up.
  2. Thread a needle with a strand of yarn of the same thickness used to knit the blocks, and insert it from back to front into the first stitch of the bottom piece. how to seam knitting
  3. Insert the needle under the first stitch inside the cast-on edge of the top piece. Tighten to join. how to seam knitting
  4. Continue alternating between wrapping a stitch inside the bound-off edge of the block below and the corresponding stitch inside the casted-on edge of the block above. assembly knitting blocks
    how to seam knitting
  5. As you progress through the seam, gently pulling the thread to join both sides, the seam will “hide”.
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    how to seam knitting
    This is how the seem looks from the backside.

SINGLE CROCHET SEAM

This seam uses single crochet stitch to join the pieces together. If you want to add some nice texture on the right side of your work, you can hold your squares with the wrong sides together when joining. This way, the single crochet seam will be visible on the right side. However, I give you below the instructions to join the squares leaving the seam in the wrong side.

  1.  Hold the two pieces you want to join with their right sides together.
  2. Insert your crochet hook through both. single crochet seam knitting
  3. Wrap your yarn around the hook and pull through. single crochet seam knitting
  4. Wrap both yarns on your left hand (the yarn you will continue to use and the yarn tail you’ll end up weaving in :)…single crochet seam knitting
  5. …and pull both through. single crochet seam
  6. Continue pulling out the yarn tail of the beginning and keep in your hook the loop made with the yarn you will continue using. single crochet joining single crochet joining single crochet seam
  7.  Insert your crochet hook into the following stitch on both pieces, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through. You will have two loops in your hook.  single crochet seaming single crochet joining
  8. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull through both loops in your hook to make your first single crochet stitchsingle crochet joining
  9. Repeat instructions 7 and 8 until you finish joining all stitches in your knitted pieces. In other words, make an entire row of single crochet stitch working each stitch through both knitted pieces. single crochet joining

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    This is how the seam looks from the front side IF you decided to make the single crochet row in the wrong side.

VERTICAL SEAM

Once you finished joining your blocks with horizontal seams you’ll end up with strips of squares:

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Assembling the blanket: the horizontal seams are finished, obtaining strips of blocks.

Now it’s time to join these strips. For an invisible seam you can use either mattress stitch (if you’re joining together pieces in stocking stitch) or, like I show you below, use edge-to-edge seam to join pieces with garter stitches at the sides.

EDGE-TO-EDGE SEAM

This is a flat seam (no bulky join at the wrong side!) that uses the side knots left by the garter stitches at both edges:

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vertical seam knitting edge to edge

vertical seam knitting edge to edge

I hope you find all the info useful!

Love,

Cecilia

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