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Lesson No. 5 - Joining a Different Colour and Working a Round
Items needed - one ball of wool and a crochet hook.
Skill needed - to be able to chain, controlling the hook, the wool and the work confidently. If you are not confident using the hook yet do practise just chaining until you are not fighting with holding the wool and the hook.
Remember these abbrieviations?
ch - chain
st - stitch
sl st - slip stitch
tr - treble
yo - yarn over
cl - cluster
Good. Here are the instructions up to the end of Lesson 4.
Begin with a slip knot and ch 3.
Join with a sl st to form a ring.
Ch 3 (this was the 'pretend' first treble), 2 tr, ch 2 (first corner)
3 tr, ch 2 (second corner)
3 tr, ch 2 (third corner)
3tr, ch2 then sl st to first cl
There are different ways of joining the next colour. This is what I do.
Put the hook through a corner space (I've gone through the space where I left off in the first round) and hook the second colour.
Bring the colour through the hole and keep the end of the wool alongside the main thread.
Yo (working the end in) and ...
... ch 3. (I've now worked in the end which saves weaving it in later.)
2 tr (to finish the first cluster), ch 1 (to get to the second corner).
In the second corner work 3tr, ch2, 3tr. Ch 1 (to get to the third corner).
3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, ch 1 (third corner)
3 tr, 2 ch, 3 tr, ch 1 (fourth corner)
It needs one more treble cluster to finish the round.
3 tr, ch 2
On this final cluster I've worked over the loose end from the previous round. This helps to secure the end.
Join with a sl st to the first cluster and fasten off.
Just repeat these instructions with different colours until you have a square you are happy with. I work 5 rounds usually but you can make them whatever size you wish.
Here's the back of the small square. See the end I worked over?
Fasten it off by stitching over some threads 3 or 4 times, pulling it tight.
Hopefully you will not be able to see the fastening off.
There is a slightly different way of getting to a next round if you want to keep the same colour.
Work the first round until you reach the final corner. For this corner only ch 1.
Insert the hook at the top of the first cluster, yo and draw through.
There are now 2 stitches on your hook, yo and draw through 2.
Now work the next round.
Yo and ch 3
And off you go round again chaining 1 across the sides of the square and chaining 2 at the corners.
Please shout for any more help if you've been following the last few days and please tell me if I've planted the Granny seed in you!