How to crochet the yo-yo pattern (video tutorial)

Watch how to crochet the yo-yo stitch in the video above.
The yo-yo stitch is a very unique, circular stitch that is made only of double crochets and worked in the round. It is perfect for afghans, wall decor, or even shawls and scarves. One of the best perks of the yo-yo pattern, however, is that it also is ideal for getting rid of leftover yarn since you can make each individual yo-yo with a different color.
Ashleigh Kiser / DIY Everywhere
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Materials
Any weight yarn. In the video above I use worsted weight.
Corresponding hook size to match your yarn. I used a 5mm hook.
Pro Tip: Relax and have fun with this stitch. The technique is unconventional and a bit cumbersome at first, but it gets easier as you continue.
Abbreviations
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
rep - repeat
sl st - slip stitch
sk - skip
st(s) - stitch(es)
Written Pattern
Ch a multiple of 6 sts +4, in the video I Ch 18+4=22 (this round will have 4 yo-yos, so my multiple of 6 is 3)
Row 1: 3 Dc in the 4th Ch from hook, *sk 2, sl st in 3rd st, sk 2, 3 Dc in 3rd st, rep from * across, remove hook from working loop, insert hook in 1st Dc of the Row from front to back, reinsert the hook into working loop, pull through to join
Row 2: (Working in the round now) *12 Dc in Ch st where the first cluster of 3 Dc is, sl st in sl st from Row 1, rep from * around, work last sl st into the gap between the first and last yo-yo st, break yarn
*Note: first set of yo-yos are complete.
Ch a multiple of 6 sts +4, in the video I Ch 66+4=70 (this round will have 12 yo-yos, so my multiple of 6 is 11)
Row 3: Dc in the 4th Ch from hook, *sk 2, sl st in 3rd st, sk 2, 3 Dc in 3rd st, remove hook from working loop, insert hook in the 4th Dc of any yo-yo from the first set from front to back, reinsert the hook into working loop, pull through to join, 4 Dc in same Ch, sk 2 Ch, sl st in 3rd st, sk 2, 3 Dc in 3rd st, remove hook from working loop, insert hook in the 8th Dc of next yo-yo moving to the left from the first set from front to back, reinsert the hook into working loop, pull through to join, 4 Dc in same Ch, sk 2 Ch, sl st in 3rd st, sk 2, 3 Dc in 3rd st, repeat from * around, after last Dc remove hook from working loop, insert hook in the 1st Dc of Row 3 from front to back, reinsert the hook into working loop, pull through to join
Row 4: *8 Dc in Ch st where the first cluster of Dc is, sl st in sl st from Row 3, 8 Dc in next Ch, sl st in sl st from Row 3, 12 Dc in corner Ch st from cluster of 3 Dc, repeat from * around, work last sl st into the gap between the first and last yo-yo st, break yarn
*Notes: second set of yo-yos are complete.
Continue in this manner until desired size.
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