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« on: August 12, 2011 09:55:47 AM »

OK, I was making a black cat (from scratch/no pattern) for my son.
I ended up taking twice a long to make b/c of the yarn being so dark in color.

What tips or suggestions would you give to keep track while using dark colors?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 03:55:01 PM »

Dark yarn is just plain nasty!! There are lighted crochet hooks that help a lot. I have several. Also a good overhead lamp
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 05:10:18 PM »

I agree, lots of light! Also for in-the-round crocheting I find it helps to go by feel as well, rather than trying to see every single stitch. If you angle the hook a little more than usual (blunt end higher in the air as you push down into the stitch) this should minimize your chances of going through the yarn instead of the stitch. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011 05:06:29 PM »

It might help if you put something light-coloured across your lap (or work surface),  something like a pillowcase or a white towel...

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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2011 04:20:10 AM »

You can also try wearing a cheap pair of reading glasses to help magnify what you are working on.
I know I'm getting old and reading glasses will soon be on me permanently when I read but for crocheting, it helps so much!

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011 05:45:38 AM »

You can also try wearing a cheap pair of reading glasses to help magnify what you are working on.
I know I'm getting old and reading glasses will soon be on me permanently when I read but for crocheting, it helps so much!

This is what I do too, and I also have my regular glasses that I wear all the time, so when I'm Crocheting, I have two pairs of glasses on.   Roll Eyes
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2011 07:01:38 AM »

Use a dim light source underneath your crochet so that the light shines up through the stitches. A bright reading light in the position you would use for reading helps too but light coming up through the stitches is much better. Just be sure not to use a super-bright light or you'll only be seeing stars. lol

« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2012 04:45:09 PM »

I recently made a project that was made entirely of black yarn, except for three tiny stripes of yellow, and it was really hard! What I found worked best was having a desk lamp over one shoulder or at one elbow and having another light on (like the overhead light, or in my case, in a college dorm, the light over my roomate's bed and desk). That way, the highlights and shadows of the black yarn were more easily seen. Working with dark yarn takes practice, but after a while, it gets easier! I promise! Good lighting and a bright colored hook are your friend in this case!
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