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Yarn Floats: How to Carry (and hide!) them when Striping

Those of you that know me know that I am not a fan of weaving in ends. In fact, I think most of us dread the task and it can really take the fun out of finishing a project.

In the past, I have steered away from striped projects for this reason. So I have been experimenting with how to carry yarn up this sides of my work in different ways so that I reduce the number of ends normally created by alternating colours.

In this video, I share the technique I have come up with that is very effective in concealing the strand of yarn being carried up this sides of the work. It can be applied to just about any project and improvised for any crochet stitch.

The example used in the video shows a row being ended with a US double crochet (UK treble crochet.)

You will begin by setting up the stitch till you have to total number of loops required before you begin closing. So for this example, you will have 3 loops on your hook. Before you begin closing the stitch, * fold the strand of yarn to be carried over the working yarn, yo with the working yarn and pull through 2 loops as required, then repeat from the * process once more.

This process catches the float with each closing step.

To apply the same technique to a taller stitch, for example a US treble crochet (UK double treble), you would set up your stitch till you have the required 4 loops on your hook. Then repeat the process of catching the float with each yarn-over as you close the stitch – in this case you work three repeats from the * in total.

To carry the yarn at the beginning of a row, simply fold over the strand of yarn to be carried before working each chain loop of the turning chain with the working yarn.

I have applied this technique to a number of projects, now, and I have to say, I am very pleased with the result. It has me dreaming up all number of striped projects now that I can avoid creating so many ends!

I truly hope that you find this technique helpful. I’d love to hear about the projects you’ve applied it to.

Happy crocheting,


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