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Color Pop Crochet: Working with High Contrast Colors

teacher avatar Connie Lee Lynch, Crochet Designer & Certified Instructor

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Project Overview


    • 3.

      Selecting Yarn


    • 4.

      Tools & Notions


    • 5.

      Pattern Review


    • 6.

      Getting Started


    • 7.

      ... and Color!


    • 8.

      Spiraling Squares


    • 9.

      Picot Edging


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About This Class

Jump on the Caron Cakes bandwagon with me and play with COLOR! This blanket is a simple modification of the traditional granny square that it lends itself really well to experimenting with higher contrast colors because the rounds are weighted differently. And since it’s worked in the round, you can simply keep adding rounds until the blanket reaches the size you want - or until you run out of yarn, which is my favorite way to decide a blanket’s final dimensions, ha ha!


Crochet Basics: From Skein to Scarf class recommended or some previous experience with crochet techniques including single crochet, double crochet, and working in the round.

Class Objectives:

  • Briefly review single and double crochet stitches
  • Review working in the round
  • Learn optional magic loop method
  • Learn and practice standing stitches 
  • Learn and practice the invisible join
  • Challenge yourself to try an unexpected combination of colors!

Suggested Materials:

  • Medium or Worsted Weight (4) Yarn in two colors, such as Caron Cakes in Lemon Lime (2 skeins) and Caron Simply Soft Party in Fuchsia Sparkle (2 skeins)
  • H/5.0mm Crochet Hook or appropriate hook for chosen yarn and personal tension
  • Locking Stitch Marker(s)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or Tapestry Needle(s)

Resources include the written pattern with photos and chart as well as links to Crochet Guild of America and Craft Yarn Council webpages for students needing further visual aid (i.e. tutorials for left-handed crocheters)

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Connie Lee Lynch

Crochet Designer & Certified Instructor


Hi, y'all! My name is Connie and I'm a CYC Certified Crochet Instructor and published designer.

I started designing in 2009 and I've been teaching since 2013 from Georgia to Texas to Virginia - and now back to Texas again! 

Crochet is my passion, but I also enjoy making jewelry, painting, drawing, cross-stitching, scrapbooking, nail art, and even a little knitting. Reading, hiking, and simply spending time with my family are also favorite pastimes.

You can find most of my crochet patterns on Ravelry but I also have a selection of free patterns on my website. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for short tutorials and you can often find me on Instagram or Facebook - I'd love to connect with you there, to... See full profile

Level: Intermediate

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Connie, and I am a certified Christian instructor through the craft. Your own counsel. I have been teaching Cochet since 2013 and I can honestly say in that time I have never been as excited about a New York coming out as I am about the yarn that we're going to use into days class project. Have you heard about Karen cakes? Yeah. Crazy crazy trend in the fiber arts world. It's been so exciting. That's not something that happens very often. But I'm really looking forward to seeing what everybody comes up with, using their Karen cakes as their color inspiration. In this class, we're gonna play with color. That's my main goal is for you to have fun with color in this class. We're gonna make this blanket, which is a wonderful way to experiment with high contrast colors because the rounds air weighted differently. So we will spend a little bit of time reviewing some stitches. Single Krisha and double Cochet are the two main stitches that you will use in this class, and I'm also going to talk about what may be new techniques for you. We're going to learn the magic loop method. We're going to talk about doing standing stitches as well as how to do the invisible join And what the's are these air techniques that will help raise your crush A to the next level . I hope we'll also talk about how to add a PICO edging If you'd like to your blanket and I'm gonna, of course, go through the pattern itself and review the chart with you so you can work on it on your own time outside of the video. And then we're just gonna get started crushing. And we're gonna have so much fun playing with fantastic color combos in this blanket. I can't wait to get started five. 2. Project Overview: All right, let's talk a little bit more about today's project. This blanket is really just a big granny square. It's just a modification of the traditional granny square, so if you have done those before, this is going to seem really familiar to you. It is worked in the round, which means we start in the center and we work our way out, which makes this a great project to go shopping in your yarn stash. If you don't want to use thedc, aren cakes. It's another great way to go. Play with color is just look and see what you got in your stash and picking corn for your main color that you've got a few skeins up. You want to just use up and just work your blanket until you run out of your. That's actually my favorite way to determine a blankets Final dimensions anyway. But that's just me. Well, of course, tell you how much on that I used in the project for this for this class as, ah, as a starting point and you can kind of go from there if that will help you. We're going to review a couple new techniques. The standing stitches, invisible joint, and we'll start with the magic ring. I'll show you how to do that. And so long as you so in your ends as you go with this blanket, it's really kind of an instant gratification sort of piece, because when you run out of yarn, you so those last couple ends in and you're done. It's a fantastic project, and honestly, it's kind of 3. Selecting Yarn: Yeah, yeah, it's time to talk about color. I may be more excited than you are about this. That's OK, though by the end, I think you're going to be excited about this too. So what I chose for the featured project is can cakes in women live, please? Yes, living life and care and simply soft party in fuchsia sparkle. Now, I don't know if you could see this, but it's got a really fun metallic thread running through there that just adds a little bit more party to this blanket. Now, I used to skeins of each of these for the blanket that you see in the background there, and it's a really nice lap sized blanket. Now, if you want to use your Karen cake as your contrast in color like I used in the black blankets, then you're gonna need just one Karen cakes. And I used rainbow Sprinkles, one of them just want, and then you're gonna want seven or eight skeins of your main color, which I used. Black sparkle, I believe, is the name of the one that I used with the Rainbow Karen cakes. So that's also a fun option if you want to. You have your main blankets to be a solid color and then used the variation in and your contrast. That's also a fun way to make that blankets. Now, if you are shopping in your yarn stash, this is where things really get interesting. What I want you to do is I want you to go pick a color. And even if you're using the Karen cakes, you do it this way, too. If you're If you're having a little bit of trouble deciding what you want to do, pick a color, and that is just comfy cozy for you something that you like. If you love Blue's pick a Blue Yorn. If you love greens, lemon lime, it's a great option. Yeah, I wouldn't want you to do is challenge yourself and pick something that contrasts with it. I don't limit yourself to just color wheel opposites. For example, if you look at the color wheel and you look at green, your opposites are gonna be being orange red. Somewhere in there's have spread out just a little bit. If you are choosing a blue yarn, your opposites are going to be in the Orange family. But look, look towards the yellows a little bit, or even towards reds and just play with a little bit. Don't limit yourself to the rules, if you will think, too, about the weight of colors. So the black blanket, for example, with the rainbow Sprinkles. It's really that black is so heavy that the color in the rainbow really pops out, and it's looks looks kind of a white, like a light bright. I don't know if you have those is kids like I did, but it's It's kind of a pop of brightness that you see now compared this with a white yarn . We have a completely looking completely different looking blankets in the end, because that white is so much lighter it would. It would lighten up your rainbow as well. So just think about different ways that you can use color and trying a couple different things. Do some swatches, for example, here is us watch of the pink as the main color, with the green as thedc on trusting color. You can absolutely switch this up now. This was a little bit too bold for me, and I really liked the green as the main color for this project. But you can do it however you want. Whatever makes you happy is what I want you to do. Let's take a look at a couple other color combinations here. So we've got here is an example of the rainbow with black as the contrast in color could be fine. I really like the way that the black is the main color looks, but that's just me again. Do it makes you happy In the end, here's a fun one. This is a blue, bright royal blue with a pretty bright hot pink. Now, if you look at these these air pretty fun. We could look at him a little bit closer. No, I should think about which one you prefer. Which one do you like? Better? So I didn't even think about combining these colors until someone else mentioned I brought these two colors as separate projects, but someone else mentioned that they were great colors together. And, uh, you know what? That would be fun. But here's the thing. Look, this blue as your contrast in color from this far away. Does it even really look blue anymore? What about from this far away? Doesn't call it black. Now you lose it. Lose it in this because it's already so dark. It's so heavy of a color when you make the blue the main color, however, the color pink pops. Does it still look blue from here, Huh? Isn't that fun? So don't be afraid to experiment with your color combinations. Switch him up if you think it looks great one way, try it the other way just to state. Unless you're really married to it. And if that's the case, that's fine. Go with it because you don't have to use high contrast colors. Let me show you one more this. He's a time baby Blankets worked in a baby blue with a really gorgeous, gorgeous hand dyed yarn as a contrast in color. Now, by itself, this is just a really pretty yarn. But it's overwhelming when worked up like this, because those those variations in the Your honor so short that's another advantage of using the can Cakes yard is because you got long irrigation so you get natural striping when you use thes Karen cakes. So that's just another thing to consider if you're gonna use a short, variegated yarn like this. It may be a little bit too busy. May not be if this is how you like to party, do it. But if you combine it with a different color is your main color. I think in this example, the different colors really shine like this for me. So that's why I chose to work this blanket this way instead of this way. Now, if you're having a little bit of trouble deciding what colors you want to use, their some resource is out there for you, and I'm linked to them in your, um, list of resource is on your project page. Um, one of my favorite places to go for color inspiration is designed. Seats dot com actually think it's designed dash seeds dot com, and what Jessica has done is she's taken a picture like you could look at my picture behind me, and there may be a layer on it. You may not be able to see it very well, but I find a picture that you like. Some just skim through her website and find a picture that speaks to you. And then she has pre selected a palette of colors that go with that blanket or that picture . And you can use that as color inspiration for your blanket. So have fun. Go look on the Internet. Look around your neighborhood. Nature is a great place. If I'm color inspiration and then just start experimenting, try a few different things and see what you like. I cannot wait to see what you guys come up with. 4. Tools & Notions: quick. I want to talk about the tools and notions that you're going to use for this project. We've already talked about yard two skeins, each of your Karen cakes for your main color, and you're party yarn for your contrast in color or whatever you are you chosen in appropriate amounts. And if you are looking for guards from your stash or using something different to choose your hook size, take a look at the Euro skank and look at the label, and it will tell you what they recommend to use. So this calls for an H hook, as does I believe. Yes, the party arm, the bow call for an eight took or five millimeter hook, which is what I used for this project. Now I have a pretty standard tension, so if you do great, that's a good place to start. However, if you're tensions a little bit tight, don't be afraid to go up hook size or if it's loose, go down hook size or two. Don't try to change the way you crow Shea change the tools that you use because if you try to change the way you Cochet, you try to manually change your attention, It's gonna give you a hand cramps, and that's no fun. So change your tools if you want to change the way that your fabric feels. Now, in addition to our hook Ah, we really need are a pair of scissors and a darning needle That's too so in your ends as you go Remember, we're gonna work. Um, and as we go, and if you want, you can use a stitch marker to help you keep track of those stitches. But other than that, that's really all you need. 5. Pattern Review: before we jump in and get started pushing on. Take just a minute to review the patter and you find the pdf for this in your on your project page online. So be sure to download that you print it out or just pull it up on your preferred electronic device like I have here. And then you can follow along with that as we go through the video and you'll have it Teoh work on it afterwards if you need it. So here I have. This is our first page. Just a little bit of background pictures. Of course, we've got our suggested materials here, which we've already talked about. Here is our abbreviations and chart symbols. So if you're kind of new to pattern reading, this is really important for you to have. Because these are the abbreviations that you'll see throughout the written pattern, as well as thes chart symbols that I use in the chart for the visual learners out there now gauge. Not too important in this project. You want a blanket? You want that fabric to be something that you're comfortable with, so don't worry too much about gauge, but for your reference, my gauge ended up being about three and 1/4 inches across the 1st 4 rounds. Now do note in the pattern that your stitches Christians stitches have a natural lean to them. And since this pattern has worked with the right side facing each round, you will end up with a little bit of a twist to your blanket in the end that I think that as a fund design element, the blanket that's in the project photos for this class was worked with the right side facing, So I don't think that twist takes away from it. But if it bugs you, there is a way to avoid that, and I will talk about that later. So, as you can see in the picture here is that little bit of a twist that we see here. And then you can also eliminate that by working every other main color rounds with the wrong side facing. So actually have do that later. Now, here are your 1st 6 rounds, so this is kind of what it's gonna look like as you get started, depending on the colors, the to choose. Of course, our first round here looks pretty much like a granny Square. You've got your four groups of three double Kirsch. It's That's how we're gonna get started. Then the second round, we're adding in single Chris Shays in the corner spaces. Now each round is worked into the spaces between stitches rather than into the tops of the stitches themselves. So just make sure that you're aware of that. Here we have rounds one through four, and you can start seeing those single Porsches, those little pops of color showing up now. And you can really see them starting to show up as well as a little bit of that twist. By the time you finish the sixth round, the special stitches that we have is just a PICO. I do a slightly modified PICO eso. I'll show you how I do that, but feel free to do it whatever way you're comfortable with or not to add it all. If you like the finished edge that you get with the regular rounds in this blanket to go with it, that's fine. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. I think that the pekoe just adds a little bit of a fun element to finish the blanket off so I'll show you how to do that. If you choose to add it. Now, here is our chart, along with our written instructions. So here's round one. We began with our main color and an adjustable ring. Or you can do a chain for joining Slip Stitch to make a ring, and you're gonna work into that. We're going to start out with a chain three or four double Cochet and then add two more Double Chris Shays right next to it. And that's our first group of three we're gonna chain to three. Double Christian has changed to three Double. Chris Shays changed to three double cliches. Shane, too, and that's all gonna be worked into at Marine to start with. So at the end here, you're going to have 12 double cliches or four groups of three and two four rather four chain to spaces, which will be the corners of our little square. So if you look at the written instructions here with main color and beginning with Adjustable Ring or the Magic loop or chain for joined with slip stitch work chain three. So that's right here. Or a foe. Double Cochet into the rain and that counts is your first double, Christian, continue working into the ring and make two more double Chris Shays. Then we're gonna repeat what's in parentheses here three times. So we're gonna chain to and work three double Chris Shays into the ring three times, So that's right here. Chain to three. Double creation Chane to www Shays chain to three. Double Christianize. That's our three repeats. Then we're gonna chain to enjoin to finish off. So that's round one round two here, Brianna Joiner Contrast in color. So in this case, it would be pink with a standing single Kershaw Now show you how to do that. Later, we're going to change three single cliche into the same corner space. So you're gonna work everything that's in parentheses, wherever you're following directions tell you, too. So you're working that Chain three and the single Croce in the same corner space as the standing single. Her show It was made. So all that into that corner space. Now we're gonna move on, so we're gonna change three right here. And then we're going to remember what's in parentheses. All gets worked into wherever it says to do next. So single shade chain three single cachet in the next chain to corner space. So here's our next corner space, Single Cliche, Chain three Single Christian. And now we're gonna repeat from the start here two more times. So we already did this one. Now we're gonna chain three, work that corner Chain three worth that corner And then we're gonna finish with a Chain three and a join right here. Now, this chain threes should line up across the tops of your groups of three Double Chris Shays . If they don't, something has gone awry. So we need to take a closer look at that. Now around three is gonna look a lot like Round one did. So let's we'll leave it right there for now. So you're gonna start with a standing double cliche again? I'll show you how to do that, and we're always going to start in a corner space. It doesn't matter which corner that you start in. When you're working the rounds in this blanket, you just want to pick, pick the corner. I like to stagger mind so that my ends don't end up all being sown in on one corner. But that's just my preference. So standing. Sing our double kirsch a and then two more double Chris Shays into that chain. Three corner space and a chain, too. Three more double Christians all works into that corner. And then to come across the side, we're gonna have just a chain one space. Then we're gonna work three double Chris Shays into this chain three space here. So remember, you're not working into the tops of stitches. You're working into the chain spaces between stitches. So we're in chain one again, and then we're gonna be at the next quarter. Soon we're gonna work are two groups of three with their chain to space in between. So if we look at the written directions here kind of follow along the bottom of the chart here joined main color and 80 chain three corner space withstanding double Chris shy. And then everything in parentheses in the chance saying corner space to double Chris Shays chain to three double shays. So with a standing double Cochet, plus the two double shapes, that gives us our group of three. And then we've got a star. So, you know, we're gonna come back to this. We're gonna repeat from here later. We're going to chain one. That's right here. Chain One, Chain 13 Double Chris Shays in the next change three Space, Chain one and then all in the next Chain Three space. We're gonna work three. Don't chase Change to you Freedom cliches. So that's our corner. That's what your corner is gonna be for your main color rounds. From here on out, you're gonna have three double cliches or a standing double Croce. And to double Chris Shays, then Chain Two and three more Double Chris Shays in your corner spaces when you're working your main color round and then working across the sides, this is where you're gonna have this repeat. You're gonna have a chain one and three double Chris Shays in the next chain three space. So that's how your repeat is gonna go across the sides with your main colors for your contrast in color. It's gonna be similar, except you're gonna be using single Chris Shays and chain threes rather than but you're a single single crush, a just one and then a chain of three that's going to be your chance space. So here, rejoining and any change to corner space withstanding single cliche Chain three single cliche in the same corner space So that's your corner With your contrast in color All your blue rounds here your corners air gonna be single Croce Chain three Single Christian And then you're edges Cross your sides It's gonna be chained Three single cliche in the chain, One space. So in between those groups of three Double Chris Shays Chain three single crochet Chain three So that's how your sides we're gonna go And that's for each round from here on out. All right, so let's take a quick look at your last round. You're gonna work. Work this with your main color, starting in any corner space again and we're gonna work or double Chris Shays and then a PICO instead of a chain in our double cliches. So if you look at the chart here, here's a corner. So you've got your group of three double Chris Shays. And then instead of change to space, you've got a PICO group of three double Chris Shays PICO instead of a chain 13 double cliches PICO instead of that chain wants, you can see there how they line up so If you hate during Peco's skipping, just do the Chain one and you'll have a perfectly fine finished edge on your blanket, doing it that way as well. I think that that is all that we have in this pattern, so I think it's time to crush I. 6. Getting Started: Yeah. Okay. Let's start it. Yeah. All right. We're going to start out with the magic loop. Magic ring, adjustable ring, adjustable based sorting. It goes by many names on it doesn't matter what you call it, And it doesn't matter how you do it either. There are a lot of different ways to do it. So I'm gonna show you the method that I use. Feel free to do whatever way you're most comfortable with or if you don't like it at all. Just start with a chain for join it with a slip stitch and work into the ring that you create that way. So let me put this down. Now the way I do the magic ring with the Magic Lute method is I grabbed my table, my arm, and I'm gonna wrap it around my two fingers twice. I m Graham grabbed the tail with my bottom two fingers, so I've got two loops wrapped around my 1st 2 fingers. The working yard. I'm just going to kind of hold still with my phone there. I'm gonna take my hook. You wanting inserted into the first loop that's on my fingers. So it's under that loop I'm going to grab the second loop that's running to my working yard and pull it forward in them that it kind of twisted around. So I got a little loop under there. So all of that is underneath this first loot fits on my fingers. I'm gonna take my hook over the top of that loop, grab that working urine again and pull it through that loop right there. Now, if you let go here, it can come unraveled really easily. Just gone done. So it's better if you kind of hold onto it until you've worked your first stitch, if you can. Now, let me show you. If you want, you can even working around one finger. So let's let's do that again. But let's do it working just under one finger. All right, so two loops on my finger or fingers hook under your first loop, grab the second loop, pull it forward. See, this is a lot more awkward for me. Grab that loop again, pull it through and I'm gonna go ahead and do an extra chain stitch here just to give it a little bit more security because I don't do it so well we walked around Just one finger. That's all right. Okay, So here is our loop that we're gonna work into, Remember, Don't let go of it too much until you get your first stitch worked. So we're going to start with double Chris Shays so you aren't over and start your hook into that ring that you've created. You are an over full of a loop. You're in over. Pull through to yarn over. Pull through to And that is our first double Cochet with our chain stitch coming coming down to our loop there. Now we're gonna work to more double cliches into that ring, said one two and note how I'm kind of holding on to that ring to keep it open with my finger there. Right now, we're in a chain, too, and we're gonna work our next group of three double Cochet. So here's her first group, and we're gonna work our next one. So you're in over. Insert her hook into that ring you're in over full of a loop. Three rooms are Look, you're on over. Pull through to you aren't over. Pull through two. That's your double crush. A. So two more times this one. There's two. There's our second group of three We're gonna chain to and we're gonna do all that two more times. There's one to three double cliches Change, too. One more group of three Teoh Three and a chain too. And here, take a look here. So we've got 1234 groups of three double Christians. Now, here's where the magic happens With this magic lute method, I'm gonna kind of hold this so you can see and you're just gonna grab this tale and pull gently on its he there goes, It's just gonna cinch up that circle and it's gone. Look how small that IHS. So when you do a change for and you join it with a slip stitch, it leaves a bigger hole in the center of your work. By using this magic loop method, you can cinch up that whole really easily as tight as you want. Whereas with the change four method, then you have to actually, so that center closed. All right, so now I'm gonna show you how to do the invisible join. We're gonna go ahead and cut this. Remember to leave a nice long tail so you have plenty to work with. What we're gonna do is we're gonna pull that end, just run on through that last chain steps that we did. I'm gonna thread that onto a needle and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna skip the first double Kirsch au, see how that's kind of pulled down there. It's because we didn't do a full chain three to get the height of that stitch. But what I'm gonna do with this invisible joint is I'm going to recreate the top of that stitch. So it's going to give it a nice, seamless look. So instead of working into the 1st 1 like I normally would when we joined with a slip stitch is I'm gonna insert my Neil, uh, using the back end because it's blunt. Or you can use a blunted needle if you prefer. You insert that needle under the top two loops loops of our second stitch. So just right through there and I'm gonna pull that yarn through, and now I'm going to come back to our chain stitches here and into the second chain here. So here's RV from the second chain. I'm insert the needle into the center of that stitch. I'm just gonna pull that your in through, and I'm gonna tighten it up just enough so that it mimics the top of the double Cochet or those chain stitches right here and see. Now we have a nice seamless edge here. Someone Pappas over, Bill quick and secure. My aren't I like to kind of split my yarn here. And did you learn that I'm working and pulled out through what that does That creates a teeny tiny little not there and that won't ever come undone. And then we're just gonna run this back down the double cartouche there and secure it. And now that has basically disappeared. Let's turn this back over. And there we have our little tiny square. There are four groups of three double Chris Shays and our four chain to spaces. And doesn't that look just like the beginning of a grainy square? Well, it won't for long. We're gonna add some color in the next lesson. See this 7. ... and Color!: Okay, let's start adding that color. So here I have my first round. My ends are also in, and we're going to switch from our green to our piers, which those outs and we're gonna use this fun bright pink. And I'm going to show you how to do a standing stitch. So let's take our hook, grab our New York. What you gonna do is you're gonna start with a slipknot on your hook, So just go ahead and add that on there. Just like you were starting a brand new Christian Great crush a project. Sorry. Okay, so now are you are in a secured to her hook. We're gonna choose a corner any Horner Doesn't matter. We're gonna insert a hook. You aren't over full of a loop. So now we've got two loops on the hook wearing your on over. Pull through to and that is our single cliche right there. See? There's or not at the top of our stitch. You can unravel that if you want at the end. If you don't want to have that not in there. And and so, Odeon, Um and now you were ready to kirsch a and see that tail is at the top of your round, which, with the single cliche, it's not a big of a deal. But when we do it on the double car, Shea, you'll see how much neater it looks. Okay said that. Let's let's get started. So we're gonna change 3123 We're gonna single cruise ship back in that same corner space, and that creates our corner. We're gonna change three. And those three chains lined up across our group of three double Chris Shays. Now that takes us to our next corner in a single cliche chain. Three single cliche back in the same spot. That is our second corner change three again. Next corner, single cliche. 123 Cymbal crash 123 Single cruise ship 123 Single Chris Shea and 12 And with this round, I'm actually gonna stop at two chains instead of three. Because I'm going to create the last chain of this group of three with my invisible joint. So let me show you how we do that. All right, so I'm gonna go and cut my own here. Pull that through the same way we did before and threaded onto my needle. And I'm gonna come over here to the top of our first single, Cochet. And since I'm creating the third Stitch, I'm not going to skip a stitch at the start of this. So I'm gonna go and join it into the top of that single Cochet. So under this top two loops and pull it through, you can keep it on top of that, not there. And then we're gonna go through the center of that second chain stitch there, pull it through since it up so that it's about the same size as the other chains. Look at that nice, unseen lists. I'm gonna turn it over here and I'm gonna bring this yarn over to the single Cochet. I'm gonna thread it through the back of that single Christian, and that's going to secure it. And it looks just like our other chain threes. Now, in some ways, I did before Miss Snag, a little bit of your in here, the working Yorn create that teeny tiny not. And with this one, I'm gonna throw it up through here because I'm actually gonna wait to summon my ends on this round until the end of my next one. So that's just gonna kind of hold it there until I get ready to So in my ends. So there is our second round with all our little single car. Shays isn't acute. It's so cute. I love it. All right, so let's move back to our green. Now switch out again and I'm ashamed. Have just standing double cliche this time. Now, if you don't want to have to unravel that not or you can live in on, it does. Doesn't matter. But if that not bothers you are I hate having big, not my work. What you can do is, instead of creating a for full slip stitch on your hook, you can just kind of wrap that you are on around your hook and hold it there. Okay, so with a double Cochet, you've got to kind of keep it in check here. So we're gonna wrap that your in around or hook, and I'm holding onto the tail here with this finger so it doesn't come unraveled. And now we're going to you go to any corner, we're gonna insert her hook, remember still holding onto everything here with this finger and that finger May your in over a little loop says, See, we've got three loops on her hook. You aren't over. Pull through those 1st 2 and you are on over and pull through to and their Syrian is at the top of our stitch. But there's no not there. So see, here we have just just the V at the top of our stitch like we would have with a normal double. Chris, I All right, so now we're gonna do the next to double Chris Shays in our corner here. Here we go. Chain too. Do another group of three double Chris Shays. And there is our corner. So this is what your corner is gonna You're starting Corner is gonna look like on all of your main color rounds from here on out. Okay, so there's are standing stitch with our yard at the top. There was not dangling around down here where we've got to try and find a way to sew it in . It's right there at the bulk where everything is joined together. You can sew it up and down those those double course shades. Easy peasy. All right, now, to go across the sides. In this work, we're gonna chain one. And here is our chain Three space that we created in our last round. We're gonna work into that now. So we're gonna work three double cliches into the chain. Three space of our last round. So right in there, see how easy this is. You don't have to worry about working into the tops of any stitches at all. It's really great. Great mindless project. We're gonna chain one again, and now we're gonna work our next corner. So again, that's three Double Chris Shays, t 23 double Chris Shays all into that same chain, Three corner space. Here we go. One to three. Change, too. Three more double Chris Shays right into that same space. Perfect. Now we're gonna work across this side, so Chain One three, double Chris Shays into that chain. Three Space one Teoh three Chain one. Now we're gonna do a corner again. Teoh three Teen to Why not? To the re see. Here we go. We're just beginning and Brian along Next, Ceron working three double Chris Shays into that chain three space Chain one And we've come to where our tails are from the previous round. So I'm just going to kind of hold those to the side, and I'm gonna work into that chain three space. I'm gonna ignore those tales for right now. One, Teoh three change, too. One to three lips. You know that. Three Double Chris Shays, Chain One, This is our last side three Double Chris Shays right there to Frieze and a Chain One which I'm going to create with our invisible join. So I'm gonna go ahead and cut this. Pull that through threat or needle. Go to the top of our first double kirsch A here. So under the be there just like that, we're going to recreate Stitch. Just gonna pull it through just like that. And we're gonna thread it into that double car share right there. Perfect. There we have our square. Secure it. But your now go down the body of that double Cochet. Super easy there. Now it is gone. Go ahead. And so in my ends real quick here. We're gonna pull it across here, pop down this way. Remember, when you're something in your ends, if you go in multiple directions, it's going to secure your yarn just a little bit better. And if you go in one direction, ended back in the opposite direction, snagging a little bit of yawn at your turnaround, Pauline's is gonna be virtually impossible for that end to come undone. And you never wanna pull it too tight because you could pull it really tight. It's gonna cinch up your work, and you don't want to pull down those stitches. You want him to stay nice and tall. So here's our other and reduce. So that went in. And I'm just gonna go in the opposite direction with this one. So I'm gonna take it, and I'm gonna We've It's kind of through the tops here across our chain space. Then we're gonna go down a body of that double course. Shea just like that. And if you look at the front, you shouldn't be able to see your needle too much either. Remember, you don't pull it t tight. You just wanted to come pop through there. You come across here and go up this one, remember? Check. Make sure you can't really see your needle on the front side of your work there that just a little bit come back down, go across, and that and folks should never, ever, ever come unraveled. Then I'm going to do the same thing with my pink yarn here. And since now I have already worked my next round's. It's really easy for me to so in this, and I don't have to fill with sewing it into that chain. I can just sew it in across all of these stitches here, and it's a lot easier. So that's why I so in my ends every other round, because it's just easier on that little tiny round toe. Wait until I have my next round done. So I'm just gonna go back the way I came and cross here. Remember, don't pull it tight and we just wanted to pop through, trim in it, do the same thing on the other and just going in the opposite direction. So I'm gonna pull this up to the top here, puffin it through nice and channel, pulling it across snacks, and you are in there and go right back the same way we came. And so see, you don't even have to. So in that much, so long as you get those different directions going. It's really quite secure. All right, so here we have our 1st 3 rounds. Let's add round number four or a second round with our contrast in color here. So I'm gonna start with a standing single cliche in any corner. Turnover. Pull of aloof urine over. Pull through to fantastic standing single Curuchet bring a chain three simple krisha back in that same corner. And now this is how you're going to do your contrasting rounds from here on out. So single appreciate change. Three single krisha in each corner and then working across the sides is gonna be a Siris of change three and in single Christian in between the groups of three Double crush eyes Chain three single cliche between the double car shows. So it's super easy to do this round. When you get to the corner, you do single cliche chain three single Christians save spot that turns your corner and we're going across the side again. That's it that's older is to it. Once we're done with this round, we're going to start seeing a little bit of them lean that you sometimes see in your single or your double Cochet stitches especially when you're doing a grainy square or something similar in the rounds. You're going to start seeing that natural lean compounds. So I'm gonna talk to you a little bit more about that here in a minute that I wanted to take you through this second round of contrast in color saying, See how these sides work as well. So remember, corners, single crush a chain three single Boucher and then chain three single cliche Chain three all the way across to your final corner and then we're stopped with a chain to if you're doing the invisible joint If you're joining with a slip stitch and going on your merry way then go ahead into your chain three and then join. So you cut this. Pull that through threat are needle just like that going, Teoh is the front end of our natal to go under this two loops. Well, that up their tail, out of the way. Turn this around so you can see we're gonna insert our needle into the center of that chain stitch there and then I'm gonna come a multi task here. I'm gonna just go ahead and go back here and go straight into the body of that single Kirsch A. To secure that stitch down, remember, only pull it tight enough so that it's about the same size as the rest of them. And while all seamless little finish there love, it's such an easy trick to just really make you Kirsch a look all that much nicer. So there is that, and we're ready to go one to round number five. 8. Spiraling Squares: ready to start around five. And I want to talk to you about that lean that you may start to see soon If you're not already in your double Christians stitches. So we're actually switch to this fund Teal color just for kicks. And if you are, If you're using your yarn to determine your color changes, that's great. You can break your yarn early if you want to control your color changes a little bit more on. What I did with this blanket is the lighter greens I kept together and the darker greens I kept together. So if I wasn't gonna be able to complete a light green round, I would go ahead and break my arm and start with the next color that I wanted to use. But it's totally up to you. How do you want to do that? All right, so let's take a look here at our square. We've been working with the front side facing each round so far. Now, you may not yet be familiar with how to recognize the front versus the back side, which, if you take a look here, so here's the front side of our stitches. See how they've got this nice little little lean and the backside there little bit bumpier . They've just got a different sort of texture. So this is the front side, and this is the backside. And you also see on your front side you can see the V's in the tops of your stitches with your front side facing, whereas in the back, you don't really see that distinctive be the buzz. If you have trouble recognizing, which is the front versus the back might induce through a stitch mark around one side. So I'm gonna mark the back side with a stitch marker, and I'm just going to go through a couple stitches so it stays on the back side. I don't want to go over all the way around Ah, hole stitch so that it can swivel around, get on the other side. So I'm just gonna mark the backside like this. So this is the wrong side of the back side of our fabric, and this is the right side. And now all I need to do is pay attention to working every other row with that stitch marker up so you could do even or odd numbers. It doesn't matter. Just make sure that you work every other main color rounds with the wrong side facing like this like we're about to do, and that will help counter act that lean. So you know, if you can see it, you're starting to see it a little bit here, that twist. But you can see better in the photo in the pattern if you want to take a closer look at that. But here you can start to see a little bit of that twist happening. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna flip this over and we're gonna work our next main color around with the wrong side facing, and that's going to help counter act most of that lean. So here, we're going to switch to our green. You start with a standing double Cochet some rough, that yarn. Hold on tight. Insert or hook aren't over. Pull a veloute. Make sure we stood out. Three moves here. You aren't over. Pull through to you on over. Pull through two. There is our fantastic standing double cachet. Now we're going to do two more in this corner the same way as we did before. Change to lips. Don't get creative with your stitches. We're gonna work three more double Chris Shays in this same corner space. And then just like we did, I wonder Last main color round to go across this side We're gonna chain one and then work three double Chris Shays into this chain. Three space, easy peasy. Only two rounds to remember. This is a great project for just sitting in front of the TV or outside just relaxing and kirsch A And it's so addictive. Y'all I'm not kidding. I I have lost track of how many blankets that I've made using this pattern. Ah, lot more than I normally do when I'm testing out a new pattern. So now we're come, Teoh, our next corner. So we're going to chain three, 23 not change. 33 double Chris Shays. Sorry. Don't listen to May change too for our corner and three more devil crashes. So I'm gonna go ahead and work around this square and I will meet you at the end of the rent. All right, so here we are, coming up on the very end of this round. This finish, the last group of three stitches. I'm just gonna lay this down so you can take a look. Here you are all the ends there. Sorry. So those in next? So now that is squaring off nicely, Just working that one round. So if you flip it over, so we're looking at our right side. So here is our slight spiral happening. And then here we've got those edges nicely straightened out. Now you can see this is the front front side facing in these two rounds back side facing in this round. Now, if you only did this every fourth round, for example, it would be a bit more noticeable. But if you work every other round like this in the Finnish blanket, your not really going to notice it's gonna look like that's the way it was intended. If you even notice it at all. If someone doesn't have quite a bit of Christian experience, they may not even notice that there's a difference between these two rounds. But besides, in color, I mean texture eso Yeah, if that If that spiraling bothers you, all you have to do is work every other main color around with the wrong side facing. If you don't recognize that yet just mark one side. I prefer to mark my backside with the stitch marker as my wrong side, and then just make sure that you flip every main call around and your contrast in color. It doesn't really matter. I try to make sure that I keep that with the right side facing each round. But ultimately it's not going to make much of a difference in your finished blanket. Which side you have facing unless you're really getting particular about your stitches and looking at it really closely. 9. Picot Edging: Okay, Young, come to pretend. Are you ready? This is a full size blanket. No, I'm kidding. So I worked up a couple extra rounds, and what I want to do is I want to show you small scale, how to add your PICO edging if you choose to do that. So here we have 2468 eight rounds, 10 rounds of, um of our blankets. So you could really see that spiral happening now because thes air all worked with the front side facing. So we're going to keep that going with the front side facing, and we're just going to switch to the green just for fun. Um, as we we do this PICO edging. So here we go. We're going to start the same way we normally would with a standing double cliche in any corner so wrapped that yard lips don't unwrap your your I mean, we're going. Teoh worked at first double Cochet right there just like that. Plus there next to and then what we're gonna do instead of working our chains like we normally would for our corners, we're gonna work a PICO now a PICO is normally worked by chaining three and then doing a slip stick back into your first chain. Now, I hate hates working slip stitches into chains, so I don't do that. I do. My chain three. And then I work my slip stitch into the top of the previous double car shy. So I just pulled that around, put my hook under those top two loops of the double cliche, and then slip stitch around that. And that's my doctor, my PICO. So I'll show you that it can His second. We're gonna do our next three double Chris Shays in the same space. Remember, this is our corner, just like that. Look at that fun little PICO right there. Now we're gonna do it again. Chain three and then chain stitch or sub stitch here under the top two loops of our last double Kirsch A So right in there, you're in over and pull it through that loop right there. It makes a nice little nugget. Now, we're not doing a chain one because this is worked in place of that, and we're gonna work three double Chris Shays into our next chain three space, just like we normally would. And working across the side. We're gonna do the same way. Chain three Slip stitch into the top of that double crush or your first chain stitch. If that's how you like to do your Peco's, I find that working at this way gives it a little bit more stability because it's worked through a stir your stitch to begin with. So it's a slightly more substantial nothin which I actually prefer, but that's just my preferences. Like I said before, if you hate doing Peco's altogether or you don't like the way it looks, maybe it's a little bit too feminine. And you want this to be a more masculine looking blanket. Probably not with the bright pink, but you never know. Then you could always just skip the peak up and do a regular regular round for your final round of the blankets. But that, folks, is all there is to your fancy PICO edging just like that. Gonna work all the way across to the corner so you can see how I do that. But that is all there is to it, and we're just doing our chain threes or three. Her group of three Double Kirsch A's. I keep saying that in our chain treat spaces. And then we PICO and we do another group three double Chris Shays go since fancy, doesn't it? It's actually kind of a fun finishing touch Right now we're at a corner. We're gonna do one PICO right before we do our corner and then we're gonna dio three double Chris Shays right in the corner. Teoh three PICO And this is the corner. Most quarter of your blanket, if you will, and we're gonna do three more double Chris Shays right in that same spot to three PICO three double Chris Shays in our next chain three space and on across until we get to our next corner. So that's all there is to it. Lay that down, seeing how fun of us. So you just keep working that same way all the way around. When you get back to your you're beginning edge, you're gonna work your last group of 31 more PICO and then you join it to the top of your first double crush I and you. So when you're ends and you're done and if you've been weaving in your ends every other round like I told you to do with the beginning. Then when you add this last row, so in those ends you're done Instant gratification. You have a fabulous blanket ready to snuggle up. Yeah, And in fact, this folks is a perfect snuggling blanket. Thank you so much for joining me today. I really hope you enjoyed this project. Don't forget to upload pictures of your project in progress that your in your using tell me a little bit about why you chose that yarn. I'd love to hear anything you want to share. And I can't wait to see all of your fabulously colorful blankets. Thanks so much for joining me. Have a great day by