Here’s a little something I’ve been practising:
Changing yarns in a crochet project.
The thought of switching yarns in the middle of a row or even at the end/beginning used to make me cringe and I would quickly look for a pattern that didn’t involve that. Or I would just not switch colours and not get the proper effect for the pattern.
But lately I’ve been exploring crochet techniques, like the one just mentioned. It started with this ripple afghan pattern I found:
I haven’t finished the afghan yet but after doing several yarn changes I scoff at my previous feelings toward this technique. I’m so into yarn changes now that I decided to make something that involved at least one colour switch.
One of my concerns used to be the initial change – introducing the new yarn while making sure it stayed and the other stitches didn’t unravel. I used to simply insert my hook into the next stitch, yarn over the new yarn, and pull through into a single crochet, for example. Doing it this way frustrated me because the yarn always slipped out.
But now, I make a loop first with the new yarn so it has a knot and then I pull it through the two loops (in the case of a single crochet) in the last stitch of the previous row.
Don’t let the fear of switching yarns keep you from trying out interesting patterns. It gets easier, especially after you’ve made several bowling pins.