Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Study In Color Joins: Crocheting In Rounds Part 1

As the leaves on the trees change color this autumn, I thought it would be appropriate to do a little study in color changes when crocheting in the round. There are many ways to approach color changes and the end results vary. Now is your chance to learn something new if you are a beginner or try a new approach if you are a seasoned professional!

Let's begin by pretending that you are crocheting concentric circles (like a bulls-eye) and that you are to change to a new color for each new round. Here is your pattern:

Chain 2 and crochet in 2nd chain from hook or use the Magic Ring to begin a new circle:

Rnd 1: 6sc in 2nd chain or ring, join with sl st to first sc (6 sts)

Change to new color

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc (12 sts)

Change to new color

Rnd 3: ch 1, (2sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around, join with sl st to first sc (18 sts)

Fasten off.

Color Change: Method 1

Step 1: Make 5 1/2 sc in ring.

Step 2: Change your color just before you draw the yarn through to complete the last (6th) sc of Rnd 1.

Step 3: draw new color through both lps to complete last (6th) sc

Finish this Rnd with sl st join using new color yarn. Change color for next Rnd in the same manner.

Here is what the completed color joins of Rnds1-3 look like.

This method creates a nearly invisible join with the exception of the vertical stitches to the left of the white lines in the picture. It is, however, a bit tricky to remember that you have to join the color at the second half of the last sc. I usually forget and have to rip the last stitch out to redo.


Jessica said...

Does this method leave a diagonal seam, however invisible it may be?

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