Faux Braid Join

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My friends, meet your new best friend for crochet joining purposes:  The Faux Braid Join.  This joining method offers the best of everything:  It is quick.  It is easy.  It looks amazing.

Crochet Faux Braid Join in blue yarn

This Faux Braid Join is great for afghans but I also love it on crochet bags like this Daisy Crochet Bag! The Faux braid join looks somewhat similar to the very popular Flat Braid Join, however it is much easier to execute. It might just be your new favorite thing too!

Prepare for Faux Braid Join

You need to work an extra round on your square in preparation for the Faux Braid Join with a series of chain 3 spaces and single crochet stitches. As an example, here is the very last round of the Daisy Square for the Crochet Daisy Bag:

Last Round: ch 1 and sc in same space as joining.  *Ch 3, (sc, ch 2, sc) (1stcorner made), [ch 3, sc in next space] 3 times.  Repeat from * around,  working a sc and chain 3 in each space (formed between the 3 stitch clusters from the previous round) along the sides, as well as the following sequence in each corner: (sc, ch 2, sc).  Join with sl st to start of round.  Fasten off.

Crochet Puff Daisy Square

You can similarly work the sequence on chains and single crochet stitches on a different granny square or even a square motif. In this example, I’ve added that final row to a regular granny square:

Two blue crochet granny squares

Joining Squares

To start, hold two afghan squares, right sides together.  In this example I’m using a contrasting color for the join to make it easier to see, but you will be working the join in the same color as the last round of crochet on your square.

start of Crochet Faux Braid Join on blue granny square

Step 1

Start by holding two squares right side together.  Then using a standing single crochet, attach in a corner space. *Chain 3 and single crochet in the next chained space. Repeat from * across row.  

Start of Crochet Faux Braid Join worked in yellow yarn on blue granny square

Step 2

At the end of the row, make sure there is a single crochet in the corner space.  At this point, you have options.  You can join as many squares together at a time as you wish.  I find it easiest to look at a diagram of the afghan or purse I want to make and to join a complete row of 2 squares at a time.

Don’t forget the corner will have a sc. So take the next 2 squares, right sides together and without cutting the yarn, start over in step 1.  Continue to work through the project, connecting all the open ends, following the diagram below (scroll down).

But first.. a few more photos of the Faux Braid Join:

Crochet Faux Braid Join of blue granny squares with yellow yarn

Here is the right side of the Faux Braid Join in a contrast color.

wrong side of Crochet Faux Braid Join in yellow yarn worked on blue granny squares

Here is the faux braid join on the wrong side from the top.  Notice that it forms a small ridge on the wrong side of the work.  You may or may not like that ridge.  Personally, I think this is a perfect join for the bag with a purse lining because the ridges will be hidden inside the purse.  

Finished Crochet Faux Braid Join of two granny squares in blue yarn

Here is the Faux Braid Join worked in the same color on the granny square example.  See how it blends in nicely and really looks like a braid?

Crochet Faux Braid Join on daisy crochet squares.

And here is a close up of the Faux Braid Join on the Daisy Mae Bag.

The ad-free version of the Daisy Mae Bag includes a tutorial with photos for the faux braid join, the crochet spiral handles, as well as a tutorial sewing a lining:

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