Afghan is worked side to side in the single crochet tapestry or color changing stitch
To change color in single crochet, always work the last two loops on the hook off with the new color. Pull up a loop in the current color you are using, draw the new color through the last two loops on the hook to complete the single crochet.
Even rows are wrong side or back of work. Always place yarn to the wrong side.
Wind fist sized balls of yarn. Start with 20 balls of black. Wrap a rubber band around ball to keep control. You can always wind more balls as work progresses. With white, you can work from the skein for the larger areas, but wind 15 balls for the inside of letters. It’s best not to carry yarn for more than two stitches as this would have the color peeking out on the front side. Wind three balls of brown.
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Row 1: With J hook and white, chain 101, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each rem ch. You have worked 100 sc. Chain 1, turn
Row 2-: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn
Row 5: Sc in each of next 84 sc, in the 85th sc, work a color change to black, with black work the next 8 stitches, in the last black stitch, work a color change to white, work the last 6 stitches in white. You will have 85 white stitches, 9 black stitches and 6 white stitches.
Continue following chart in this manner, changing colors as you follow graph. Remember that yarn dangles on one side only.
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