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Learn to Crochet: Joining with a Half Double Crochet

Joining a new color to crochet has always been one of those techniques that freaks me out--you don't want to see my early granny squares.  But joining with a crochet stitch in pattern clears up a lot of weirdness and confusion.  Joining with a half double crochet (hdc) can add a whole new level of trickiness to things because of the yarnover required to make the stitch, but with a good grip and the flick of your crochet hook, you're all set.

As I mentioned last time, knowing how to join new yarn to a project with the same stitch as what you're working in comes in handy when you're switching to a new skein of yarn or when you're switching colors. 

Sure, you could crochet all your dishcloths in just one color but what if you feel like being fancy?  Yes, I know you can make perfectly nice dishcloths in just one color (I like to believe I can do it myself).  But colorwork always seems impressive to me, whether in knitted or crochet projects.  It just looks so interesting, and it's always so difficult for me do.  I know I'll eventually get there, but it's slow-going and I'm trying to allow for a certain number of screw-ups when I'm trying to learn new techniques like mixing in different colors.

In the meantime, I feel pretty good about knowing how to at least get started when I add new new yarn.

And I like to think a good start counts for something, don't you?

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