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Crochet Squares to compare colors

Posted on Saturday May 4th, 2013 at 08:57 AM in Crochet | 23 comments

Farbkombinationen auswählen - choose color combinations

Anyone who has ever assembled yarns for crochet projects knows how hard it is to choose the right colors. In this article I want to introduce my little crochet squares, which have proved to be very useful for this color selection.

Karteikarten mit Garn - Index cards with yarn

Index cards with yarn

As with anything, there are different approaches to choose colors. Some people work with the classic color wheel, others choose colors on good luck. My own path led me from impulse buying to some professional index cards with the yarn, the respective company and color names. Soon I realised that the cards aren’t that helpful to plan the projects. I could hardly foresee the way the color appears in the project, since the thread of yarn looks different from stitches in the fabric.

For this reason I have developed a small crocheted square. It’s made of a round single crochet, a round half double crochet and a round double crochet.  In combination with the index cards it is easy to select colors for a project or to order new yarn.

Farbkreis - color circle

Ein anderer Farbkreis – a different color circle

To store the crocheted squares it is nice to arrange a personal color wheel.

You find the instructions for the small crochet square in this free PDF-file: Small crochet square to compare colors

Update 20.09.2016 – Here you can find more new ideas on how to use this squares: Small Squares to organize Crochet Projects

Update May 05, 2013.: linked PDF with instructions.
Update September 20,2016: Update new article, new button for PDF.


  1. This must be one of the bests posts ever. Thanks for a great idea!

    • Carmen thank you for a real answer to a dilemma every yarn lover faces at some point! Clear and practical xxx

  2. wow, gorgeous for looking at, not to mention that it’s handy too! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  3. Cute and practical idea! I’d imagine I can join up the little squares into a small afghan when I *ever* get bored of them.

    In fact I’m already joining them together in my head. He he. 😀

    • A blanket is possible, but I would be afraid of all the ends to weave in ;).

  4. What an awesome idea! I’ve gotta make….

  5. I do the same thing with beads. I make 1 inch squares of peyote stitch to see how the beads interact with each other.

  6. This is fabulous and I am so excited to get organized! I bought all the materials but I’m having a very hard time deciphering the Crochet Chart. It doesn’t state how many chain stitches to begin with to join with a sl st to form the beginning ring. If you are able, would you be willing to write it out in a response? It would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Andrea, you’re right I forgot to mention that I used a ‘magic ring’ in the middle. If you don’t know how to do it search for it on YouTube. It’s quite easy 😉

  7. Hi – could you tell me where you got the hardware to join them all together? It looks really useful, I’d love to do this. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Hi Jane,
      That’s a good question.
      The small rings are “Heftringe” (german) or “Buchbinderinge” (book binding rings) I searched for them a long time till I found it on amazon. (Sometimes it’s that easy 🙂 The big ring was part of a gift I recieved. I don’t know it’s origin.
      I hope this was helpful

  8. What a great idea! I love this! Thank you very much for posting this!
    I love your blog! This is my first time to visit and it is terrific! 😉 🙂
    Lee Ann H
    Posted with Blackberry Z10!
    Crochet…Gotta Love It! Blog

  9. I love this idea and have already begun crocheting my squares! Thank you! What size are your rings (both the small and large)? Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Debbie,
      The small rings are 15mm 0,6 inches wide, the diameter size of the large ring is about 20cm / 8 inches – but the size of both depends on the thickness of the yarn. I hope this was helpful.

  10. Oh wow, this is so cute. I rarely crochet anymore but this idea might get me started again-just so I can make a cute color sample ring.

  11. I LOVE this!! Thank you so much for sharing it, I can’t wait to start! May I ask..what size hook did you use?

    • That’s great – I usually use a 2.5 Needle (german size?) and Catania yarn 🙂

  12. This is so strange..right after I posted my comment your last response read different and now I understand it. I wonder what happened.
    I will research to see if you have different size needles.
    Again thank you so much!!

  13. Thank you for this great idea! There is indeed a great difference between the yarn sample and the crocheted yarn. By the way, where did you find the metal circles you use to bind them together? Vielen Dank!

  14. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post.

  15. I love this! Can hardly wait to start this handy method! How did you attach the yarn to the cards? I can’t tell, but it looks so neat!

    • Thanks! How to attache the yarn: Just form a little bow, take a card, make two little holes (with a needle) and put the bow with a small peace of wire on the card.


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