For the accent color, make one large yarn ball. To do this, you'll use both the center pull string and the outer string to make your double stranded center pull yarn ball. This is just as easy as having two skeins it just takes a little longer since you're using both ends of the skein.
ONE: Find the center pull strand and the outer strand and holding on to both ends, pull some slack out. You'll want to keep stopping and pulling more slack (or have someone helping you by pulling the slack out as you wind).
TWO: Anchor the two strands using your pinkie and ring finger. Do not lose track of these strands as this will become your center pull.
THREE: Begin winding around your thumb making sure to switch up the angle as you wind.
FOUR: Keep winding until your yarn ball gets to about the size of a peach, carefully slide the ball off of your thumb keeping the center pull secured by your pinkie and ring finger. Once it's off, continue winding your yarn ball until the entire skein is one big ball.
|You should end up with three yarn balls as pictured above.|
Place your three yarn balls in a basket in the same order as pictured above. With the first main color, pull the center pull of the yarn ball through one of the laundry basket holes. If you're not using a laundry basket, disregard this step.
Alright! On to the pattern/chart!
Reading a chart for tapestry crochet is much like reading a cross stitch chart in that each square represents one stitch. (The white squares around this chart are NOT part of the pattern.) My charts are meant to be read beginning from the bottom right corner and moving up. All odd rows are read from right to left and all even rows are read from left to right. If your chart is symmetrical, the direction in which you read it doesn't matter.
When you get to a color change, you finish your stitch with the NEW color. There are a couple of ways to execute a color change. Most crocheters, that I've seen, will carry or float the colors across each row. I don't like the look of "floating" or "carrying" your yarn so if I can avoid it, I will. That is the reason we're working with two main color yarn balls. This video shows how I change colors, I definitely recommend watching it.
Let's start crocheting!
With your main color, chain 62
Row 1: Sc in the second chain from your hook, and then sc in every stitch across. (61 sc)
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in every stitch across. (61 sc, you should always have 61 sc in each row).
Rows 3-10: Repeat row 2
Row 11: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches. On the 21st stitch, finish this stitch with your accent color (see how to change colors image below). Sc with accent color in next 19 stitches, finish this stitch with the second main color yarn ball and sc in next 21 stitches.
Rows 12-14: Repeat row 11
Row 15: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches, then sc over accent color yarn for the next 7 stitches (see how to carry colors image below). Change to accent color and bring over the main color yarn on the left side of your work, sc in next 4 stitches. Finish the 4th stitch by bringing over the main color strands on the left side of your work (see how to carry colors image below). SC in remaining 29 stitches making sure to crochet over the length of yarn you pulled over as seen in the example above. NOTE: You will use this method for any time colors increase or decrease. You want to think of it as setting your yarn up for upcoming color changes, if that makes sense.
Row 16: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 29 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 4 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 28 stitches.
Row 17: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 28 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 4 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 29 stitches.
Rows 18-21: Chain 1 and turn, sc in next 21 stitches, change to accent color and sc in next 19 stitches, change to main color and sc in next 21 stitches.
Rows 22-25: Repeat row 2
Rows 26-29: Repeat rows 18-21
That's it for part 1! I hope these instructions were clear but if you are struggling with any part, please shoot me an email thefadedpineapple[at]gmail.com and I'll be happy to help.
Over and out.