I think that I tend to prefer crochet patterns and stitches that don’t lend themselves well to changing colors for a very lazy reason. I hate weaving in the ends. In fact, my grandmother doesn’t even do it, instead knotting the ends like crazy and trimming them up.
I must admit in my earlier days of crochet it is what I did as well, not knowing any better, and I’d get frustrated when an afghan I worked ages on unraveled after a couple of rounds in the washer and dryer. Which is why I now weave in my ends religiously.
But I prefer pretty patterns full of color appearance-wise. And if I can convince myself that the weaving in won’t be a big deal, I’ll always hook with some extra color!
And this lovely pattern, the dotted doubles is chock full of pretty color that’s simple to achieve with some single and double crochets and totally worth the end weaving time…
I use an H hook but use whatever is comfortable for you. I’m using Vanna’s Choice yarns for this tutorial.
Make your chain in multiples of 3.
Turn and in the fourth chain from the hook, begin double crochet stitches all of the way to the end.
**Change colors and chain 3.
Skip two stitches and single crochet in the third.
Continue this down the length, chain 3, skip two chains, single crochet in the third.
Change colors and chain three (will act as first double crochet). Double crochet twice in the first open space from the previous chain.
Continue down the length with three double crochets in each space until you reach the end.
Turn and continue to repeat the chain/single row followed by the 3 doubles in each space of the previous.
As you continue the pattern will form these neat little dots in a lovely pattern throughout your piece. I prefer to use all one color for the “dots” and then rows in complementing colors but feel free to go nuts! Make every double crochet row the same color and use different colors for your dots, or even a variegated yarn (ooh, wheels are turning!) or switch colors every row for an ultimate in stash busting!
In the end this stitch is really well worth it. I love the dimension the dots add and I love the scalloped spaces in between the double crochet rows that result from it. This stitch works up pretty quickly and is great for a super cozy afghan or pretty scarf!