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.

 

Firstly
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:

  1. Insert your hook into the first stitch of the round, yo and draw up a loop. Pull this loop quite tight.
  2. Pick up the next colour, yo and pull up a loop. Pull the loop made with the first colour (in this case red) tight.
  3. Yo and pull up a loop (this is your chain).
  4. 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.

02. October 2013 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: Tutorials | Tags: , , | 3 comments

Comments (3)

  1. You’re left handed?! That’s awesome! I think this is the first video I’ve ever seen with a lefty crocheter. Makes me want to try and do some stuff left handed. :p

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