Foundation: Using ecru yarn, ch79 to begin.
Row 1 (RS): 1 dc in second ch from hook, miss 1 st. *1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2 sts. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 2: Working into the top two loops of the stitch (rather than in between the stitches), ch1 (does not count as a st), 1 dc into first st, miss 1 st. *1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, 3 dc into next st, 1 dc into each of the next 8 sts, miss 2 sts. Repeat from * to final 2 sts, miss 1 st, 1 dc into last st. Turn. Row 2 is the pattern and is repeated throughout.
Rows 3 and 4: Continue in ecru, then work four rows of the following colour sequence – black, seafarer, ecru, black, ochre, ecru, black, tangerine dream, ecru, black, violet, 48 rows in total. Break yarn and fasten off, weaving in all ends.
To change colours, cut the yarn, leaving a tail of 10cm. Leaving the loop on the hook, grab the new yarn with the hook and draw through the loop. Pull the tail end of the previous colour tight, locking the loop down into the stitch. To weave in the ends as you go, hold the tail ends of both colours at the back of the work, just behind the top of the stitch on the previous row. Holding the tips of the tail ends with your yarn hand, work the next row as before, capturing the tail ends as you make each stitch. Continue this for around 8-10 stitches so that the ends are secure.