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« on: November 19, 2008 02:09:37 AM »

I want to make this hat:
http://hookingalong.blogspot.com/2006/11/checkerboard-hat.html

But I'm not too sure how to "carry behind" opposing colors when it comes to switching them.  Can anyone explain this one to me, or maybe know of a tute that further explains this technique?

Thanks so much!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008 04:09:24 AM »

I think you basically just drop the yarn you're not using, then pick it up when it's time to use it again.  The trick is not pulling it too tight.  The probable reason for doing this is so that the colour you're not using doesn't show through to the front of the hat, which can be a real problem when you work over the unused strand.
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008 06:54:58 AM »

In this case, I would agree that you could just drop the yarn and pick it up the next time you use it.  You are going to have little sections of exposed yarn on the inside of the hat but that should not be a problem because they are so little.  If I was using those same colors, I'd be tempted to crochet over the yarn since I don't think the colors would show through but that's just me.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008 08:21:48 AM »

If I was using those same colors, I'd be tempted to crochet over the yarn since I don't think the colors would show through but that's just me.


I was thinking that too.  I'd at least make up a little swatch to see how obvious it was.  I find that the only time the other colour pokes through is when there's a big difference in the colours (dark and light), or if the yarn is thin.  Bulkier yarns and novelty yarns sometimes do a good job of hiding things like this.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008 05:19:35 AM »

Thanks so much for the help!  Guess this is a case of I just have to try it and see.  How do I initially attach the 2nd color? Do I tie it somewhere, or just lay the other down and start working the new?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2008 05:43:58 AM »

Firstly, when you change colours in crochet, always do it when you have two loops left on the hook from the last stitch of the previous colour.

I'd just bring a loop through, leaving a nice long tail that you can weave in using a yarn needle later.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008 04:06:50 PM »

What I do is when I'm about to finish a stitch I lay the other color yarn the opposite direction against the yarn I'm using and use both to crochet with for a couple stitches so that the next color is really secure. Then I just cut off the yarn I was using and continue with the new color and weave the ends in at the end. I've never had a problem with any unraveling. This also works really well for connecting to new balls of yarn.

Looks like this:

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(The s's being the previous stitches)
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