Changing Colours in 15 Seconds
I love Instagram!
It’s the reason I started this blog in the first place.
It’s a wonderful, friendly community of visual people where ideas are shared and problems are solved.
So, last night I saw a fellow IGer post photos of her newly started striped crochet slouch hat. She stated that she was unhappy with the colour changes at the end of the rounds and I decided to make a little video for her.
I posted the video to IG but I really don’t like writing long explanations for posts because it’s just awkward doing it on the phone and takes forever to edit, so I decided to post the video here as well, with a more extensive explanation.
I do not use the chains at the beginning of the round as a substitute for a stitch.
This means that I usually make one chain less than required. For a HDC I use one chain and for a DC I only use two. I then do not skip the first stitch but place the appropriate stitch into the first stitch of the previous round.
I find that this creates a neater finish, without a gaping hole along the seam. Plus, the seam is hardly visible.
Ok, so you’ve done a round of crochet (HDCs in this example) in one colour and you now need to change colours. In order to create a colour change without little bits of colour mess do the following:
- Insert your hook into the first stitch of the round, yo and draw up a loop. Pull this loop quite tight.
- Pick up the next colour, yo and pull up a loop. Pull the loop made with the first colour (in this case red) tight.
- Yo and pull up a loop (this is your chain).
- Continue with the round as normal.
You can use this technique with any stitch, just remember to change the number of chains at the beginning of the round.
I hope this has helped a bit 😉
Enjoy the rest of your day.