Who says you always need to make your color change before completing the last stitch in the first color? Well, just every book, instructions, and pattern I have ever been able to find describing how to change colors in crochet. But if you allow yourself to break this apparently hard and fast rule, you will find that you can create much smoother lines and diagonals than you would by conventional means.
|Square #5: Diagonal Stripes
Square #5 introduces the idea of using Late Color Changes for Slow Angles. What is a "Late Color Change"? This simply refers to completing the final stitch in the first color, before dropping the old color to the back of your work, and picking up the new color. Once you have completed the first stitch with the new color, you will have a stitch where the top loop is a different color than the bottom two loops.
|Square #6: Vertical Chevrons
|Square #7: Slopes
You can also work the increases and decreases on Every Other Stitch for Sharper Angles. Finally, because each decrease is matched with an increase, the stitches look much smoother when your decrease is really an hdc-sc-tog. The extra yarnover in a typical hdc2tog (half double crochet two together) creates a bump, especially when working several in a diagonal. In this square we get even sharper angles by moving over the inc/dec pair one more stitch each row.
|Square #8 Pinwheel
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