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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How to Fix a Tilting or Twisting Granny Square

>Have you ever made a granny afghan, and at some point in the process it starts to look “tilted” or “twisted”?  The picture below shows this gorgeous afghan from Thornberry.  If you look closely it has a slight tilt to the center of the square.  This may not bother some, and personally I think this afghan is gorgeous, but it may drive other crocheters nuts. 

Granny afghan from Thornberry
Here’s an example from free-crochet-stitch.com

If you’re one of those who does not want your granny square to do this, here’s a simple solution.  Turn your work after every row.  Ex: Rows 1, 3, and 5 will be right side rows.  Rows 2, 4, and 6 will be wrong side rows.  Try it out and see if it works.  The other benefit to turning your work is that there will technically no longer be a right side and a wrong side to your work.

Of course, there are some who are intentionally trying for the tilted look.  That’s a totally different post, because there is actually a pattern to create that look!

Happy Crocheting!

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How to Fasten Off Your Crochet Project

Have you ever had the perfect crochet project, that has no border, and you come to the end where it says Fasten Off and you cringe because you know you won’t be able to hide it?  Or, have you been told you should not use a knot to tie off your yarn? Here’s a way to finish without a knot and make it invisible, and give it a professional finish.

Pull up a 6″ loop and cut the end. 
Pull out the end still attached to the skein.
Take your needle and insert it into your second stitch, from where you ended, and pull the yarn through.
Now you are going to take your needle and go back through the center of the stitch you ended with.
DONE! Make sure you tie in your ends as usual.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crocheting!

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