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Stranding – Using Multiple Colors In Your Crochet Project

This photo tutorial is for use with my American Flag beanie, or any other project, where you need to incorporate more than one color into your work.  There are 2 seperate methods of color changing, but I’ll be showing you stranding method.

STEP 1:  You have just changed colors. You should now be holding the unused color behind your project, but above the color you are crocheting with (the strand that comes from the skein).  (fig.1)

Fig. 1

STEP 2:  You will crochet your stitch as normal, but make sure your unused color gets crocheted into the stitch, attaching it to your project.  Fig.2, Fig.3, & Fig.4 show various pictures of what each step of the stitch will look like.  

 Fig.2

Fig.3

Fig.4

STEP 3:  Continue this pattern, carrying your unused color, until it is time to change back to the yarn you have been stranding.  When you are ready to change colors it will be right there waiting for you.  

TWO WORDS OF CAUTION: 

1)  You will want to make sure you strand your floating color behind your work.  If you carry it across the top (or in front) it will show through your project. 

2)  You will need to have some consistency in the tension of the yarn you are stranding.  If you pull too tightly it may pucker your project.  If you don’t pull it taut it may come through your work.

STEP 4:  Continue this pattern, carrying your unused color, until it is time to change back to the yarn you have been stranding.  When you are ready to change colors it will be right there waiting for you.  

Figure 5 shows the back side of the work.  The color changes are well hidden on the inside of the hat.



Fig.5
It may take a little bit of practice, but try it.  You can do some amazing things when you work with multiple colors.  
Happy Crocheting!



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