If there’s one thing that knitters worldwide can appreciate, it’s nifty tips and tricks that make life easier. One of our favorites is borrowed from Joelle’s book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, a little technique we like to call Join As You Knit! This no-sew technique uses a simple slip stitch trick to connect garter stitch pieces as you work, eliminating the need to seam smaller pieces together later on. We join as you knit in our Prism Blanket, Library Blanket, and Four Points Blanket, to name a few. Know how to slip a stitch and pass a slipped stitch over? Then you can join as you knit! 

Follow along with our video or step-by-step instructions, both below!

NOTE: The video demonstrates this technique as we’re knitting the Prism Blanket, and the still photos show our Four Points Blanket. There are slight differences between these projects, but the general technique and outcome are the same!

JOIN AS YOU KNIT: STEP-BY-STEP

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Knit to last stitch, then slip last stitch to right needle, either knitwise or purlwise, as indicated in your pattern…

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… pick up and knit 1 stitch from the edge you are connecting (NOTE: In this example from the Four Points Blanket, you’re picking up from the adjacent cast-on edge of Triangle 1) …

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…and pass the slipped stitch over. Continue picking up and knitting, as usual, according to the pattern. And that’s Joining As You Knit!