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Joining or Changing colors on Granny Square
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Mar 21, 2012 11:51:25   #
MargeMcCB
 
I'm making a large granny square out of my left over yarn. I don't like the way it looks when joining a color or coming to the end of the square. There must be a way to change without the seam showing. Any help would b appreciated. I tried looking on the Internet, but, couldn't get the answer I was looking for.
Thank you
 
Mar 21, 2012 14:21:59   #
knitter61
 
I change colors in the corners.
Mar 21, 2012 14:59:25   #
DickWorrall (a regular here)
 
Hidden ends tutorial.
http://pandacrochet.8m.com/hidden_ends.htm

There is more than one way to end a row of a granny
square.
You can slip stitch over to the corner.
Slip stitch on top of the the stitches to you
get to the corner and start your next row.
You can start by doing just 3 double crochets
in the corner. When you get back to that corner,
do the last 3 double crochets.
If you do a chain 2 in the corner,
do this instead: Ch 1 and single crochet to the top of
the chain 3. Then Chain 3 and 2 double crochet onto the
single crochet that you just made.
When you get back to that corner, just do 3 double crochets,
chain 1 and single crochet to the top of the first chain 3.
When you want to end that color and move on to another
color, just do a chain 2 and attach it to the top of the
chain 3 instead of the chain 1 and single crochet.
Next, join your new color in the middle of the corner,
chain 3 and do 2 double crochets in that corner and work
as above.

If you do a chain 3 in the corners,
do this: Chain 1 and do a double crochet to the top
of the chain 3.
This will also bring you to the middle of the corner
and do the chain 3 and attach it to the chain 3
at the beginning of the row when you want to end that
color or end the granny square.
All your chain 3's will be in the corners and they won't
move across the granny square.
This works well for solid granny squares also.

Panda Man's invisible joining method,
can be used, when joining the chain 2 or chain 3 to the
first stitch at the end of a row, when you you finish
your granny square in the corner.
This is neater than a slip stitch.
You should also leave about a 6 inch tail to weave in at
the start of the square, at the end of the square and when
ever you change colors. Even do this if you use a slip sititch
to finish the square. The yarn can come undone
and your square will fall apart with use or washing.
Dick
Mar 21, 2012 16:06:01   #
hennalady
 
Jimmy Beans wool offers a russian join video on youtube that I LOVE!!
Mar 21, 2012 16:12:03   #
DickWorrall (a regular here)
 
hennalady wrote:
Jimmy Beans wool offers a russian join video on youtube that I LOVE!!


http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Joining_Yarn_-_Russian_Join
Russian join makes your yarn continuous.
If you do it to change colors, you have to work
it so that it would change the color where you wanted
it to and not too early or late.
Dick
Mar 21, 2012 16:34:46   #
hennalady
 
DickWorrall wrote:
hennalady wrote:
Jimmy Beans wool offers a russian join video on youtube that I LOVE!!


http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Joining_Yarn_-_Russian_Join
Russian join makes your yarn continuous.
If you do it to change colors, you have to work
it so that it would change the color where you wanted
it too and not too early or late.
Dick


It gets easier with a lot of squares! thanks for the insight :)
 
Mar 22, 2012 05:39:02   #
moke
 
hmmm i do not have this problem with granny squares..i crochet to the corner, weave in ends, join nerw color and continue.
Mar 22, 2012 06:33:02   #
mavisb (a regular here)
 
My LYS told my friend Lynn and myself to always join wool in the corner of the granny square, even if you only do half a corner stitch in the corner so around and then finish the other half of the corner.
Mar 22, 2012 13:43:24   #
MargeMcCB
 
If the color ends in the middle of a row and you want to change it, do you have to slip stitch to the corner?
Mar 22, 2012 14:40:49   #
hennalady
 
Do you mean an actual change in color or just a new skein in the same color?
MargeMcCB wrote:
If the color ends in the middle of a row and you want to change it, do you have to slip stitch to the corner?
Mar 22, 2012 18:14:23   #
MargeMcCB
 
I mean an actual change in color.
Thanks all for your help.
 
Mar 22, 2012 20:12:04   #
StitchDesigner
 
MargeMcCB wrote:
If the color ends in the middle of a row and you want to change it, do you have to slip stitch to the corner?


No. Let's say you are doing a row of DC's and want to do a color change in the middle of a row (the technique is the same for any crochet). Start the last DC that is to be made in color A. Stop when you have the last 2 loop on the hook. Loop color B around the hook and pull through the 2 last loops. Finish the row with color B or C or whatever.

This technique puts the top loops of Color B on top of the 1st post (DC) of color B.
 
          
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