When I was working on writing my free ebook a few months ago, one of the topics I was most excited about was teaching how to change colors in crochet. It’s a very simple technique, but it adds so much more interest to a project even if you’re only working in single crochet. Today, I’m taking that lesson from the ebook and sharing it as it’s own blog post so I can go into more detail on how to change colors before Friday when I share a colorwork design perfect for back to school. So, let’s begin!
How to Change Colors in Crochet
There are two ways to change colors: you can change at the beginning of the row or in the middle of the work. There are a few ways others teach changing colors, but this is my favorite because it’s so easy and you don’t have to do anything fancy. You can watch the video tutorial below to see how it’s done or just keep reading for the step by step.
Change Colors at the Beginning of a Row
1. To change colors at the start of a row, first work to the end of the row as you normally would. After you work the last stitch, hold the new yarn color alongside your work, drop the old color and chain 1 with the new color.
2. You’ve successfully changed colors! Pull the old color to tighten it a bit. Now turn the piece and continue working as if you didn’t change anything.
Here I worked a row of yellow SC on top of my gray. Trim the old yarn color, leaving a tail, and you can weave all the ends in once you’re done.
Change Colors in the Middle
You can also change colors in the middle of a row. To do this, work all but the last stitch in your first color. Here, I want 5 stitches in gray and 5 in yellow. So, I started by working the first 4 gray stitches as I normally would.
1. On the 5th gray stitch, pull up your loops, but do not finish the stitch with the same color. Instead, hold the new color to the back of the work and yarn over with the yellow.
2. Now pull the new color through the loops to finish the stitch. You’ll see that the last stitch is gray (old color) and the loop on top is yellow (new color). That’s your successful color change! Drop the gray yarn and continue using the yellow to work the rest of the stitches as usual. This way, you finished the stitch in your old color, but set up to start working the new color.
See how easy that was? In my example, I just worked half the stitches in one color and the other half in another, but you can switch as much as you like. You could switch every other stitch, or every few stitches, and create a really cool design. When you’re done, trim your yarn and weave in all the tails; I like weaving the same colored tails into that colored section so it’s invisible.
Later this week, I’m releasing the pattern for a fun colorwork pencil case using this technique so I wanted to give you guys a chance to practice this. No matter what stitch you’re using or when you want to change colors, this method works. I’ve done a few different projects with simple color patterns so if you want check those out, I’ve linked them below!
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