Craft Smarter in the New Year
Welcome to the next post in our Craft Smarter in the New Year series on Color Blending!
How Color Blending is Different in Crochet
Crochet is perfect for color blending because of its natural ability to crochet in the row below. Doing this makes transitioning from one color to the next even that much more comfortable to the eye because the colors are together.
Yarn and Hook
I’m using Valley Yarns Northampton (a worsted weight yarn) and a G hook. The image below shows knitting, but the colors are the same!
From light to dark (bottom to top), I’m using:
CC1: Raspberry Heather (26)
CC2: Dahlia (21)
CC3: Merlot Heather (27)
CC4: Amethyst (19)
How to Work the Linen Stitch
You can work a linen stitch using any stitch desired (single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, even treble crochet). We’ve worked this sample using single crochet (sc).
Start: Chain an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Ch2, sk ch, *sc in ch, ch1, sk ch, rep from * until 1 st rem, sc, turn.
Row 2: Ch2, sk sc, *sc in ch sp, ch1, sk sc, rep from * until only beg ch2 rem, sc into 2nd ch, turn.
Repeat Row 2 until end.
We’re using new charting software for the crochet charts so let me know what you think. I prefer charts over written instructions, so this makes sense to me – but you all are the experts. And, if you don’t like this then let me know as well because charts are always extra effort and I don’t want to go through the effort if they’re not helpful.
How Many Rows?
We did the swatch working 2 rows each. You can work any number of rows per color, so this is up to you, the yarn and the hook size.
As always, when in doubt, swatch.
Craft Smarter in the New Year
This post is part of our Craft Smarter in the New Year Series. We’re covering both knitting and crochet, and here are the posts we have in mind:
- Purl Stitch (knitting)
- Linen Stitch (crochet)
- Slipped Stitches (knitting)
- Spike Stitch (crochet)
- Garter Stitch (knitting)
- Shell Stitch (crochet)
- Color Introduction (knitting)
- Lemon Peel Stitch (crochet)
- Holding 2 Colors Together (both knitting and crochet)
We also kicked off this series with a post on color choices and included a bunch of different resources for you to get the juices flowing!
And of course, a special thanks to our yarn sponsor, Webs, for donating the yarn for this series. We couldn’t have done it without you – plus their Valley Yarns Line is FABULOUS. I highly recommend them.
I never use the charts. I need written instructions! Love the ideas for future posts!
Thanks! Yeah, I def plan to continue the written, so the charts would only be in addition.
Thanks! Those instructions are easier to understand. I’m definitely an OLD crocheter, not a new one, having learned from my mother over 70 years ago. But there’s always something new to learn. I am enjoying this series.
Great! And thanks 🙂
I always prefer charts when they are available. Total chart junkie. 😊📈
Cool! I was beginning to think I was the only one!
I like the chart. The written instructions might be a bit confusing for a new crocheter, and would have been better with separate instructions for the first row worked into the chain and the following rows worked into ch-1 spaces.
glad you like the chart!
in re-reading the written instructions, i agree. how about the above for the written instructions?