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Crochet backwards 

Reverse single crochet does work beautifully around an afghan for finishing.  I've used it several times, but usually with afghans that have multiple colors......then, I use at least two of the colors in the afghan to work the trim.......it really makes for a wonderful edge.  Another thing I've found recently is working two colors around the edge using double crochet and playing "leap frog" with the double crochet stitches----they overlap as you work around the afghan and make a candy-stripe around the edge.  It's a little more time consuming, but beautiful just the same. Carla


From ~Cassandra Hennen~ Another way of crocheting backwards is when the pattern calls to "yo" (or yarn over) instead of taking your hook under & up  take it over the back and and work your stitch.


I'm not sure if this will work for sc or not but I do  know it works for dc.


 I had to learn how to crochet all over again when I choose a pattern that was loopy and I couldn't figure it out & my neighbor at the time said that my front side looked like it was the back side and vice versa.Any Questions feel free to e-mail me at:  MyPatternPlace@aol.com


From: Lena Cabena lenacabena@yahoo.com 
Subject: Crochet backwards
Hi, I have taught myself to crochet backwards. I am right handed so I will always have the hook in my right hand.  There are times when I think the back side of a stitch is prettier in a pattern ie. sc and I want this to be on the right side of the project   So, instead of cutting the yarn and starting the next row in the beginning of the last row, I just crochet the next row backwards.   
It's really easy.  Turn the crochet hook away from you and pick up the yarn behind the hook as you would if you held the hook facing you.  That's all it is to it.  Very simple!  
I love working with colors and often change to a new color almost every row. But, working with colors also means that in addition to selecting the right colors that will work together, I also decide how much volume I want of each color, ie. a sc will less volume than a dc etc.   By combining the look of the stitches, as I described above, with volume of color I can make colors "stand out" or "sink in." 
Also, I was tired of having so many ends to tie when done with my project so now I "walk" the colors at the edges of my project.  A border around the project will hide the walked yarn.  Anyone else doing crazy stuff like me?   Lena