Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stripes: Color Blocks

Here is the last installment, at least for a while, on color patterns.  This striping scheme has four rows of the main color then two rows of the contrast color repeated.  This is a variation of the Featured Color striping pattern where the 'featured' color is the same as one of the two other colors.  Basically, one of the alternating colors is replaced to fill in the block with the featured color.

If instead of matching the featured color with one of the other colors, you make the two other colors the same, you end up with the Thick and Thin striping pattern.

So here's how to do this:
Make your chain and the first two rows in the contrasting color.  At the end of the second row, tie on the main color, do not cut the contrasting color.  Finish the stitch by pulling both strands through the loops.  Chain with both strands together.

Work one row with the main color.  At the end of the row, tie on another strand of the main color.  Pull both strands through the loops to complete the stitch.  Chain with both strands.
Work two rows with the new strand of the main color.  Switch back to the original strand of main color for the fourth row of the main color.  In this color pattern, the contrasting color is always pulled up on the same side.

 Here's the pattern for this dishcloth:
Chain 28
Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook, dc across
Row 2-14: ch 3, turn, dc across
Round 1: sc around (3 sc in corner)
Round 2: sc around (3 sc in corner)

Rows 3-6, 9-12 are in the red color.
Rows 1-2, 7-8, 13-14 are in the yellow color.

I made this using Sugar and Cream Country Yellow and Wine with a J hook.

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