This technique can be used successfully under the following circumstances:
- When you are crocheting a stripe or colorwork pattern in a color that will be used again within several rows. For example, the striped pattern shown in this tutorial is ideal for using with the technique, since both colors are used frequently, and within a few rows of each other.
- When you are crocheting a project that will have either side seams, an edging, or some other means of hiding the carried yarns. For example, this afghan block was completed with a simple edging of single crochet. This technique could also be successfully used to create sweaters, where the carried yarns will be hidden in the side seams of the garment.
How to Know When NOT to Use This Technique:
This technique isn't ideal for the following circumstances:
- If you're using a color that won't be repeated again for more than a few rows, carrying the yarn up the sides is not a good idea. In that case, go ahead and cut the yarn.
Even then, you aren't necessarily doomed to weaving in lots of ends. Depending on the colors and yarns you are using, you might be able to crochet overtop of the ends, which may be easier and quicker than weaving them all in.
- If you're working on a seamless project, and you don't plan to put an edging on it, you'll have to evaluate whether the pitfalls outweigh the benefits to carrying your yarn.
One of the downsides to this technique: Things can catch on the carried yarns if you leave them exposed. It's really preferable to bury them under edgings or hide them in seams. If you don't camouflage the carried yarns, you'll have to put up with the risk of the yarns catching on things when you use / wear the finished project.