We all know that internationally New Zealand has a reputation for being very sheepy. And I guess it's a deserved reputation, though the sheep:human ratio is decreasing dramatically lately, while the cow:human ratio is on the rise. That's a rant for another day, but in the meantime, we've still got sheep! This photo was taken on the hill at the end of my nice, suburban cul-de-sac.
So it's no wonder that the wool crafts have a strong history here. I'm usually a knitter, but lately I've been trying my hand at crochet and I've been really enjoying it. Still a total newbie, I thought I'd share a technique I discovered that is probably second nature to long-time hookers, but that I didn't find explained in any of the many crochet books I learned from.
First I'll set the stage. I'm making a cardigan hoodie for my soon-to-be-born niece in North America. It's all in double crochet (single crochet in US terms) and it's striped in two colours (or colors in US terms). Each stripe is just 2 rows high, so according to my crochet reference books, I can just carry the yarn up the side and not worry about weaving in hundred of ends at the end. What these books don't tell me is how to carry the yarn up the side.
I started with the front left panel instead of the back because this piece could double as my gauge swatch. I'm efficient like that. And since no books said anymore on the topic, I figured the carrying the yarn is just straight forward: drop a colour when done with it and pick up the new one. But this is what I was ended up with on the yarn-swap edge:
Not horrible, but I didn't like it. I thought it would be fine since it would be hidden in the side seam, but then I realized the right front panel would have the yarn-swap side on the buttonhole edge in the center. Even with a double crochet border around all the edges I thought this would be less than ideal. So I worked out this way to produce a cleaner edge while carrying yarn up the side.
Finish the CC stripe: dc to the end, turn work, ch1, dc back as usual, to 1 dc before the end again.
What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know how you like this, my first ever tutorial!