Tutorial: Changing Color in Amigurumi

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I’ve been creating a lot of patterns here behind the scenes, and in most of them, the directions require switching colors. Is switching colors different in amigurumi than in flat crochet? Not too much, but it’s worth taking a closer … Continue reading

American Flag Swag: Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day!

If you’re in the U.S., I hope you’re having a terrific day with you and yours. Here’s a little something to crochet while you’re waiting for the fireworks to start.

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You can pin this little American flag motif to your clothing, stick it on a wreath, attach it to a necklace and wear it like a pendant. Or, you can make two and sew them together to form a little coin purse or hand warmer.

If you’ve ever worked with stripes before, you know that changing color every row — with an even number of colors as opposed to an odd number — means that you have to FO at the end of each row, leaving a ton of ends to weave in. It’s the goal of my life to avoid weaving in ends, so I decided to simply carry the unused strand through the stitches (hiding it) instead of fastening it off. Consequently, this pattern involves a ton of color changes, so make sure you watch my video on color changing. I explain how to hide the unused strand inside your stitches.

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American Flag Motif

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in red, white and blue
  • G hook
  • Yarn needle

I’m very lazy when it comes to gauge, but my final product measured approx. 4 inches by 3 inches (10 cm by 8 cm).

Instructions: 

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Row 1 (RS): With red, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across (15 sc). On last sc, change color to white.

Row 2: With white, sc in each sc across (15 sc). Make sure you carry the red strand through your stitches, hiding the strand inside your sc. Watch my video on how to do this. On last sc, change color to red.

Row 3: With red, sc in each sc across (15 sc), carrying white strand through. On last sc, change color to white.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: Repeat Row 3.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3, except change color to blue on last sc.

Row 8: With blue, sc in first 7 sc. Change color to white and sc in rem sts across, carrying red strand through (do not carry through blue strand). Change color to red on last sc.

Row 9: With red, sc in first 8 sc, carrying white strand through. Change color to blue and sc in rem sts across. Do not carry red or white strands through. Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Repeat Row 8.

Row 11: Repeat Row 9.

Row 12: Repeat Row 8.

Row 13 (Geeky moment: 13 rows for the 13 original colonies!): Repeat Row 9, except there’s no need to carry the white strand through the red sc at this point. You can simply drop it.

FO all three colors and weave in ends — there should only be six! With white, embroider a star in the center of the blue rectangle.

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Enjoy!

Stitch of the Week: Up-Down Stitch

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I mentioned before that I’m a big fan of using color to call attention to the easy-to-miss aspects of a crochet pattern. This stitch is laughably easy and doesn’t make much of a splash when crocheted in a single color, … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Layered Waves

Living an arm’s length away from the beach — OK, maybe a little farther than that — I love the sight of waves arriving on the shore, one after another endlessly, some curling and crashing, others elegantly slipping up the sand.

I wax poetic.

Waves are beautiful in person, but they’re also pretty in crochet. That’s why I chose the wave stitch to learn next. I decided to feature a variation on the wave stitch: the layered or ridged wave. That’s because the regular wave stitch doesn’t look that great to me. It can often look blocky, even pixelated, if you get what I mean. Making a ridge softens the lines and makes the whole thing more … well … wavy.

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This particular pattern is super easy. It only requires a sc and dc, and there’s no complicated counting. Perfect for TV watching.

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Here’s the pattern!

Multiple: of 6 plus 3

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of nxt 2 ch. (1 sc in each of nxt 3 ch, 1 dc in each of nxt 3 ch) repeat across, changing color on the last dc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: In BLO, work 1 sc in each of the first 3 dc. (1 dc in each of nxt 3 sc, 1 sc in each of nxt 3 dc) repeat across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: 1 sc in each of first 3 sc. (1 dc in each of nxt 3 dc, 1 sc in each of nxt 3 sc) repeat across, changing color on the last sc. Turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). In BLO, dc in each of nxt 2 sc. (1 sc in each of nxt 3 dc, 1 dc in each of nxt 3 sc) repeat across. Turn.

Row 5:  Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc in each of nxt 2 dc. (1 sc in each of nxt 3 sc, 1 dc in each of nxt 3 dc) repeat across, changing color on last dc. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Rows 2 to 5.

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Enjoy your weekend!

Stitch of the Week: The Starburst

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“Starburst” makes me think of a glittery explosion of pixie dust, and while this week’s stitch doesn’t sparkle, it’s a lot of fun to work up, especially if you like clusters. Starburst Crochet Stitch Special Stitch – Cluster: (YO, insert … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Star (Daisy) Stitch

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Last week, I totally blew off Stitch of the Week. Well, I didn’t blow it off. I was just, you know, really busy. Excuses, excuses. This week, I’m back on track. I learned how to crochet the star stitch, sometimes … Continue reading