One of my favorite crochet techniques: making a symmetrical project that starts in the center, where the second half of the project is a mirror image of the first half. I love these!
But, I HATE the extra loose ends that result from this way of working. I also hate the break in the yarn in the center of the project, that you end up with when you work this way. It's probably really geeky and perfectionist-ic that I'm even concerned with these things -- but I can't help it. I get hung up on details, because I know that it's bunches of little details that make the difference between a stunning finished project, or a mediocre one.
So, when I started mulling over different ways to get over these hurdles, this is what I came up with. It's a technique I mentioned in passing in a couple of my newer patterns, such as the lacy treble shell dishcloth pattern (pictured above.) We now have a brand new tutorial, with pictures, showing you the technique in better detail. I hope you'll find these insights helpful, or at least interesting.