Jan 17, 2010

Flat braid join tutorial

Here's Prescilla Hewett's excellent flat braid join tutorial, via the wayback machine, if you want to jump into joining:
http://web.archive.org/web/20080112104311/http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/flatbraid.htm

16 comments:

Kath said...

Here is Priscilla's current site and the flat braid joining is in the afghan edgings and joinings pdf, the 5th one down.
http://priscillascrochet.net/freepatterns.html

BlueRoseLover said...

Thanks, Kath. I was able to print from the other one, but it's always nice to have it as a pdf document!!

Crochetnutt said...

There is also a very good video I found on youtube. Its in 4 sections.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qfBKZwqBgE&feature=related

Jeannie said...

That makes a great joining, thanks.

BlueRoseLover said...

Wow! Great video, Crochetnutt! Thanks so much! I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but I know it will be helpful.

Debbie said...

Thanks to Carolyn, Kath and Crochetnutt for those links! I watched the videos and it does help. She uses the Priscilla instructions and does acknowledge it in her blurb. But, wouldn't it be easier to attach together blocks into rows and then attach the rows together? Rather than one at a time with the corners?

BlueRoseLover said...

Debbie, I was wondering the same thing myself. I think it would look the same and be much easier. What does everybody else think?

Carolyn Christmas said...

Using this method you inherently have to attach the squares one at a time because you are using what is essentially the last round of each block as the joining round. Once you attach one side of one block, you can't continue across the row because you now have to continue around the one block.
However, there is another method that does allow you to attach in rows. I'll see if I can get some instructions together for doing it.

Carolyn Christmas said...

Oh, I just realized you guys are saying DON'T go all the way around the block--continue along the row if you want to join row by row. Right? The answer is yes, you can do this. Be sure to keep your corners lined up precisely. There's also a method where you work one way across a row then come back the other way that makes a thicker braid and takes care of any cockeyed-ness that can occur. I need to do a whole series of the different ways to join blocks!

BlueRoseLover said...

*Big smile!*

Carolyn Christmas said...

OK just a bit of news on the subject of joining. I was just working up a sample to show how to do flat braid join to make rows of blocks, then how to flat braid join the rows, and in my opinion this is not a good option for this project. This method causes the rows to set off-center and your whole afghan will bias. Not good! I've used it for afghans with large chain loops along the edges and much lacier designs with no problems, but with this tight little design and the small flat braid made of ch-3 loops, it doesn't look nice. (And you still have to contend with corners.)
So-- my learned opinion is to go ahead with the original flat braid, joining squares one at a time.

Carolyn Christmas said...

And there are a couple other joining methods I'll show--we are doing photo today on those.

Debbie said...

Thanks for testing it out for us, Carolyn. Looking forward to seeing the other ideas.

Dena said...

Hi!!

I'm using this method to join squares on an afghan for my daughter!

Here is another link for the flat braid on youtube.com which is great for those who like to see it in action.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qfBKZwqBgE

There are 4 vids to walk you through adding the different square positions.

Kath said...

I had another afghan of 12 squares to join so Ive been practicing and its a little more time consuming than just slip stitching blocks and then rows, but doing 1 at a time isn't any harder than doing it in rows and the look of this join is worth every second, its gorgeous.
There is a little tutorial on the proper way to do corners because Priscilla's didnt cover it, but it isnt archived :/

Dena said...

I like to join in rows myself. Seems easier on my hands than doing it square by square.

Hope everyone is having a great time doing this CAL. I love it!
Dena