N00b Monday: Switching Colors

Last week, we learned how to do in-the-round crocheting and practiced by making a monochrome granny square. This week, we’ll be using the same granny square pattern, but we’ll be switching the colors to make a four-color square.

When switching colors, the color you’re changing to is used in the very last step of a stitch. For example, if you’re making a double crochet stitch with white and are about to change to black, you use the white to make most of your stitch, until the very last part where you would put the last yarn-over on the hook to pull through the last two loops. For that last yarn-over, loop the black over your hook and pull it through the last two white loops.

Have the following with you:

  • Worsted weight yarn, in 4 different colors (we’ll be calling them colors A, B, C, and D.)
  • Crochet hook
  • scissors
  • large yarn needle

You should already know:


For my own example, I’m going to use dark green for color A, grey for color B, pink for color C, and black for color D. You, of course, can use whatever colors in whatever combination you like.

What the pattern says: What that means:
With color A, Chain 4, (work all of the following sts in the 4th ch from the hk) With your color A yarn, make 4 chain stitches. All of the following stitches will be worked in the fourth chain from the hook–in other words, your first chain stitch.
2 dc, * ch 1, 3 dc, repeat from * twice more, ch 1. Make 2 double crochet stitches in the stitch previously mentioned (the first chain you made). * Make a chain stitch, do three double crochet stitches. Do what is said after the asterisk twice more: make a second chain stitch, do three double crochet stitches, then do a third chain stitch and a third set of 3 double crochet stitches. Make one chain stitch.
Switch to color B by joining with sl st in top of beg ch 4. Start to make a slip stitch to join to the top of the first 4 chain stitches you made; but instead of pulling your color A yarn through, loop your color B yarn on (leaving a couple inches for an end) and pull it through.

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grannystep1.jpggrannystep2.jpggrannystep2b.jpg

What the pattern says: What that means:
Ch 3, turn the piece over. Make 3 chain stitches (with your new color), then turn your work-in-progress over.

As I said last week, these first three chains are what’s called turning chains. They fill in the same amount of space as a double crochet, which is why at the beginning you only did two doubles. The same is going to happen now, for Round 2:

What the pattern says: What that means:
RND 2: (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp. For our second round, make 2 double crochet stitches in the nearest space made when you made a chain stitch in the last round. Then make 2 chain stitches, and in the same space do 3 more double crochet stitches.
* (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch 1 sp. Repeat from * twice more. In the next space made when you made a chain stitch, make 3 doubles, then 2 chains, then 3 doubles again in the same space. Then, do what’s after the asterisk 2 more times: in the next space made when you made a chain stitch, do the same as the first time by making 3 doubles, then 2 chains, then 3 doubles in the space. Then, finally, in the last space made by a chain, do the same thing once more: 3 doubles, 2 chains, 3 doubles.
Join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. Switching to your next color (color C), join with a slip stitch to the top of the first set of 3 chains that you made at the beginning of this round.

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grannystep3.jpg

This seems like as good a place as any to mention that since you’re not using color A anymore, you can clip the yarn it came from. Leave about 2-3 inches at the end. You can also do the same now with your Color B yarn; again, leave 2-3 inches. In fact, let’s do this all official-like:

When making multicolored granny squares–or any multicolor crochet project–as soon as you’re done using a color and don’t plan to use it again, you can clip the yarn. Leave a couple inches at the end, to weave under your work when it’s fully complete.

Moving right along:

What the pattern says: What that means:
Ch 3, turn the piece over. With your new color (color C), Make 3 chain stitches, then turn your work-in-progress over.
RND 3: 2 dc in next open space on the side of the square. For our third round: make two double crochet stitches in the next open space on the side of the square (the gap between the sets of double crochets you made in the previous round).
(3 dc ch 2, 3 dc) in the next open space on the corner of the square. In the next open space–the one on the corner of the square–make 3 doubles, then 2 chain stitches, then 3 doubles.
* 3 dc in next side space. (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next corner space. Repeat from * twice more. Make 3 double crochet stitches in the next space on the side. Then at the next space on the corner, make 3 doubles, 2 chains, and three doubles. Everything I just said following that asterisk, do two more times.
Join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. Switching to your next color (Color D), as at the ends of previous rounds, join to the top of the first set of three chain stitches (which you made at the beginning of this round) using a slip stitch.

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grannystep4.jpg

Now, the granny sqare we did last week has only 3 rounds. The one we’re making this week, however, has 4. When the time comes to sew them together into a bag (you’re making plenty of practice squares so we can do that, right?) you can use either the ones we made last week or the ones we’re making this week; you’ll get a bigger bag obviously if you use the ones from this week. But I’ll talk more about that in a while.

For right now, it’s time to do our final round.

What the pattern says: What that means:
Ch 3, turn the piece over. (using Color D) Make 3 chain stitches, then turn your work-in-progress over.
RND 4: 2 dc in next open space on the side of the square. For our fourth round: make two double crochet stitches in the next open space on the side of the square (the gap between the sets of double crochets you made in the previous round).
Work 3 dc in each open space on the side of the square and work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner space. Make three double crochet stitches in each open space on the side of the square (that is, any non-corner space made between groups of double crochets in the previous round) and in each corner space make 3 double crochets, 2 chains, then 3 more double crochets.
At end of round, sl st in the top of the beg ch 3. Finish off. At the end of the round (when it’s done), do a slip stitch in the top of the set of 3 chains you made when you started the round. Since you’re done using your last color, you don’t need to switch colors this time. Finish off: clip your yarn a few inches after the hook, pull the whole thing through your loop to tie a knot, then weave in all your ends.

When all is said and done, it should come out looking like this
(Click image for larger view.):
grannystep5_done.jpg


Now, as I mentioned earlier, what we’re going to do with these granny squares is make several of them for a project. Because of the difference in size between the square from last week and the one from this week, I propose we do two different projects with them. So for next week, try to have ready:

And we’ll make them into a bag. If you should find yourself with time to get a head start on the project for two weeks from now, you’ll need:

  • 12 multicolor squares (from this week)

We’ll be making those into a hat-and-scarf set.

Is there something you want to learn about on N00b Monday? Post your questions and I’ll do the best I can to answer them. If I can’t, I’ll try and find someone who can. So long for now!

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