Pictured is Caron Simply Baby yarn, in Sugar’n Spice Varg. It’s done in Moss stitch with a 5.5mm hook, and a starting chain of 40 to get my pattern going.
I have used this technique of changing skeins on multiple yarns, with success every time. (Yes, I know, that’s a statement that temps fate, but so far, so good)
Let’s get started….
So, you’ve got your mojo on; you’ve set up your pattern and you’re going along swimmingly, until the skein runs out. Now what?
Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
It’s easier than you think.
So here it is, I’m approaching the end of my skein. I stop at a color change in my yarn. In this example my yarn is changing from white to brown. Insert your hook into the next stitch.
Line up your new yarn at the same point in the color change. As you can see in the picture above, I have white changing to brown, so I have pulled from my new skein to the same point in the color change. I have my hook inserted into the next stitch, ready to go, but have not completed the stitch.
Complete the stitch with the new yarn, making sure to keep the color change of the yarn lined up nicely. I kind of pinch the yarn to keep it in place while I complete the stitch. After one or two stitches the yarn will hold its place nicely.
The yarn change is at the beginning of the brown, and as you can see, only a few stitches on from the color change my pattern is continuing as expected.
Here is a picture of the back of my work so that you can see exactly where my ends are. I don’t knot the yarn, but simply darn the ends in following the colors of my darning yarn to make sure my ends blend in. Make sure to have the yarn double back on itself when darning, so that the hold is secure.
And as you can see, my pattern keeps right on truckin’
What did I tell ya? Easy, right? Just keep in mind, it’s all about the color of the yarn and the pattern. Don’t change at the end of a row. Change where the color changes. Sure, you have to take your time while darning in those ends, since they are right in the center of your work, but it’s worth the extra fussing to keep that pretty pattern pooling.
How’s your pooling going now? Hop on over to my Facebook group (Frog Hooker Crochet Colony) and share a picture. We would love to see it!
Tutorial by Rachel Hilz. Please do not duplicate in full, or in part. You are more than welcome to link to this tutorial.
Love & Light,
The Frog Hooker