I love linked crochet. I can't explain it, but there's something about the stitch that simultaneously slows down and speeds up the process. The linked treble stitch, for instance, takes longer to make than double-crochet. But when you're done, you've made a row that's as tall as a triple crochet. If you aren't familiar with this stitch, our Back to Basics feature in the Spring issue of Interweave Crochet tells all about it.
The Forest Flower Pullover by Kristin Omdahl on the cover of this issue gives lots of practice with linked crochet. I know, because I'm working on my very own sweater. I reversed the colors so the body is teal and the flowers are natural and tan with a touch of red (the white top is lovely, but I'm just not a white-top kinda gal).
To appease my multi-tasking nature, I am alternating between the motifs and the body of the sweater. I did all the flower centers at once, then wove in the ends. Then I did a few rows of linked crochet for the body. On another night, I did the second round of the flowers. Later this week, I'll weave in the ends. Ideally, by the time I finish the body of the sweater, all the motifs will be done and crocheted together. So I'll just whip it all together!
Oh, and the sleeves -- here's my sleeve trick. At one point, I didn't have enough yarn to work a row of the body. So I began the sleeves, which, of course, require less yarn to work across a row. Every time I run short on body yarn, I'll do more of the sleeve. So, when I'm done the body, ideally the sleeves will be done too.
I know, I know -- it will all take just as long to do. But it feels shorter. And it gets a project done!
What are your tricks for making a project move along faster? Do tell!