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SpinningNickel
« on: September 20, 2010 12:38:25 AM »

I'm trying to crochet a project which involves a solid circle of one colour on the far right side of a rectangle of another, lighter colour. I would really like to do this as one piece, rather than sewing the circle on, but it's given me no end of trouble. I've done this with granny squares, but putting this thing into a RECTANGLE has stopped me in my tracks. I'm having no luck searching online because I really don't know what to search for! What's the best way to do this, oh wise people of Craftster? (Please & thanks!)
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2010 03:10:48 AM »

You want the circle to be *on* the rectangle? 

If so, try looking for a "circle to square" pattern, and then perhaps crochet in rows on one side to make it a rectangle.

Or search for a chart of a circle and work in rows for the whole thing, changing colours according to the chart.

If you mean that you want the circle *beside* the rectangle, then make the rectangle, then make the circle, and join the two on your last round of the circle.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2010 11:01:39 AM »

I'd prefer to do it as a chart and have tried, but I don't want to cut the yarn every row on both sides. Is there a way to sort of carry the thread from colour A across the back of the circle, neatly, so I can just pick it back up on the other side? I've tried but can't make it work so that it's invisible. It seems to always twist itself round to the top of the stitch instead of the back, and ends up totally visible at the front. Any tips?
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2010 11:05:35 AM »

The way I'd do it, working from a chart, would be to have three balls to pull from.  Two for the rectangle colour, one for the circle.

Then you work the part of the rectangle that is below the circle with one ball, then when it's time to start the circle, use one rectangle colour for each side of the circle, and carry the yarn for the circle up the back between rows.

That way, you wouldn't have to worry about the unused colour peeking through.

Also, remember that when changing colours mid-row, you work the previous stitch until just before the last pull-through, and pull the new colour through instead.  This makes a cleaner edge between the colours.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2010 01:36:26 PM »

Hmm, that may work; I'd only tried working from two and taking the unused yarn horizontally across. I have another ball of the light colour spare, so I'll give it a go. Thanks!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2010 01:59:07 PM »

Good luck!  Let us know how it goes. ^_^
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