I've been working on two blanket projects recently. One is a strip blanket pattern that is in the works and the other is a Blocks of the Month project with my knitting group. I've come up with an easy way to join the strips as you knit them. This gives you a very strong and flexible join between pieces. And no seams to sew when you're done!
This method works on any pieces that have garter stitch along the edges.
The white stitch is from the last row worked. The peach yarn on the needle is the working yarn. The yellow block is to be joined to the peach block that I'm knitting.
Here's how it's done:
Knit across the right side row until you have 1 stitch left to knit. Slip that (white) unworked stitch from the left needle to the right needle. (Picture #1)
Look at the edge of the strip where you will be joining this row. See the bumps hanging out at the edge? Find the purl bump that is closest to the edge of the yellow block that matches the row you are knitting. (You'll be joining a right side row to one garter ridge in the strip on the left. )
Go up under this yellow stitch and lift it onto the right needle next to the white stitch. (Picture #2)
Now take your left needle and insert it through both stitches from the left to the right (Picture #3). Yarnover with your working yarn (peach) and knit these 2 stitches together. Join complete! (Picture #4)
Turn the strip you are knitting and knit the wrong side row.
You're ready to knit the next right side row and join the next row.