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Jasmine Stitch Colorwork – Jasmine Stitch Series

February 11, 2020
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You have been through the jasmine stitch series and you’ve mastered all the techniques to make it! There is however one thing missing. Learning how to make jasmine stitch colorwork!

Doing colorwork

For this tutorial, colorwork refers to making a jasmine stitch in a different color. This means that you can distinguish a single jasmine stitch from its surroundings.

A swatch of jasmine stitch fabric with a jasmine stitch made in a contrasting color

Once you know how to make the jasmine stitch, doing colorwork is not difficult. You just need to be aware of where the stitch is (the one you want to differentiate) so that you can change colors at the right time.

When to change colors

One of the things mentioned in the first post of the series is that the jasmine stitch that I’m showing you is a flower of 6 petals. Each petal is made of crochet puff stitches and these are worked 3 at a time in what I call the 3-puff cluster. To make a complete jasmine stitch you need to make a minimum of 2 rows of 3-puff clusters.

This means that to make a jasmine stitch in a different color, you will work it in 4 different parts. That means that you need 4 clusters to differentiate it. You will need 2 clusters to make the bottom half, which will have 4 petals. Then 2 more clusters for the top half where you will work the 2 remaining petals.

In the picture below you’ll find that your first cluster (in white) is all done in the contrasting color. It is followed up by another cluster (in yellow) where only the 1st petal is in a different color. Then when you work your next row, you’ll have to work one petal in each cluster in a different color to achieve the flower effect. In the third cluster (in green) you’ll work the last petal in the contrasting color. Finally, the last cluster (in blue) the middle petal is worked also in the contrasting color.

The jasmine stitch gauge with the clusters that have to be worked with a different color to obtain the flower effect.

The trick about colorwork

As you’ve seen, making the jasmine stitch in a different color isn’t all that complicated. But it does have its own trick! One of the benefits of working the jasmine stitch is getting a reversible fabric and you want to keep it that way when you do colorwork. So what do you have to do to ensure that you get a reversible fabric?

Hide the yarn of the non-working color inside the yarn overs!

Yep! The real tricky part is hiding the yarn so that it doesn’t show on either side of the fabric and it is still reachable when you need to work it. And to achieve this, all you need to do is place the non-working yarn inside the puff stitches by yarning over it.

The yarn over trick to improve colorwork

And that is the big secret behind the jasmine stitch colorwork. Shall we give it a try? 🙂

Jasmine Stitch Colorwork

Here is the video tutorial for doing colorwork. It is separated into two videos, one for the bottom half of the stitch and the second for the top half of the stitch.

The video shows the colorwork in the round. The difference to the photo tutorial below is that the clusters for the top half of the stitch are done in reversed order. Please note that the videos are in Portuguese.

The explanation that follows assumes that you have done the number of stitches you want and are now ready to start your first jasmine stitch in a different color. The example that follows is done on a jasmine stitch fabric with 4 puff stitches wide.

Just as in previous jasmine stitch tutorials, I’ll use the following abbreviations (US terms):

  • ch: chain
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • yo: yarn over

Step 1 – Making the first 3 petals

To start your flower, you will make the first 3-puff cluster in the contrasting color.

Immediately before lengthening your loop to start a 3-puff cluster, change color. Do this, by changing color after the ch 1 that tightened the previous cluster.

Make a 3-puff cluster as you normally would with the contrasting color. Take care to ensure that your main color yarn is being secured to the puff stitches below when you pull up your loops. Close the cluster.

Step 1 on how to do colorwork

Step 2 – Closing the bottom half of the stitch

This step will give you the bottom half of the flower, by making just the first puff stitch of the cluster in the contrasting color.

Start doing the 3-puff cluster, by making the first puff stitch (5 loops on your hook) with the contrasting color. When you yo and insert your hook to pull up a loop, bring up the yarn from your main color. Continue making your cluster as you normally would using the main color.

Step 2 on how to do jasmine colorwork

Step 3 – The first petal of the top half

The top half is only missing two petals and they are done in 2 different clusters. The first one is done in the last puff stitch of the cluster.

Work clusters as needed until the puff stitch immediately on the row below is done in a different color. Do the 3-puff cluster, by making the first two puff stitches (10 loops on your hook) with your main color. When going for the third puff stitch, that is when you yo and insert your hook to pull up a loop, this time bring up the yarn from your contrasting color.

Here is when you have to ensure that when you do the yarn overs, the yarn from the main color is inside the puff stitch!

First part of Step 3 on how to do jasmine stitch colorwork

Work until you have 15 loops on your hook. Now, do the yo over your main color that should come from inside the puff stitch of the contrasting color.

The main color yarn comes from inside the puff stitch

Pinch the back loop from the yo and close your loop as normal using the main color yarn.

Second part of Step 3 on how to do jasmine stitch colorwork

Step 4 – Finishing the flower

To finish the flower you’re only missing one petal and it will be done in the second puff stitch of the cluster.

Do the 3-puff cluster, by making the first puff stitch (5 loops on your hook) with your main color. When going for the second puff stitch, pull up a loop from the contrasting color and continue working with this color until you have 10 loops on your hook.

Again, don’t forget to ensure that when you do the yarn overs, the yarn from the main color is inside the puff stitch!

Once more, insert your hook to pull up a loop, and this time bring up the yarn from your main color. Work until you have 15 loops on your hook and close your cluster.

Step 4 on how to do jasmine stitch colorwork

All yours!

If you want some projects to give this technique a spin, try making the Jasmine Scarf.

And that’s it! You now know everything about the jasmine stitch! The sky is really the limit.

So, what will you make? 😀 I’d love to hear all about it!

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    Reply Maria February 26, 2020 at 2:10 am

    Love this.

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