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Thursday, August 13, 2015

How to Change Color in Crochet {Crochet Skills Tutorial}

Today I am going to show you, step-by-step, how to change to a different color yarn when you are crocheting.

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I will demonstrate how to execute the color change in the middle of a worked row, but the same instructions can apply to changing colors at the end of a row.
We will begin with instructions for single crochet, then move on to half double crochet, and double crochet.

How to Change Color in Single Crochet

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 1. For this swatch, we will be changing color for the 5th stitch. Work 3 single crochets.

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 2. Work the beginning step of your 4th single crochet. Stop when you have 2 loops on your hook.

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 3. This is where we will begin our color change. Drop your working yarn (in this case, the blue) and pick up your new color (the lavender).

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 4. Use your new color to draw through both loops to complete stitch 4. Your new color is now on your hook, and ready to work.

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5. Continue working with your new color.

How to Change Color in Half Double Crochet

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 1. Again, we will attach a new color for our 5th stitch. Work 3 half double crochet stitches. Work the beginning of your 4th half double crochet. Stop when you have 3 loops on your hook.

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2. This is where we will begin our color change. Drop your working yarn (in this case, the blue) and pick up your new color (the lavender).

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3. Use your new color to draw through all 3 loops to complete stitch 4. Your new color is now on your hook, and ready to work.

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4. Continue working with your new color.

How to Change Color in Double Crochet

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  1. Once again, we will attach a new color for our 5th stitch. Work 3 double crochet stitches. Work the beginning of your 4th double crochet. Stop when you have 2 loops on your hook.

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 2. This is where we will begin our color change. Drop your working yarn (in this case, the blue) and pick up your new color (the lavender).

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 3. Use your new color to draw through both loops to complete stitch 4. Your new color is now on your hook, and ready to work.

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4. Continue working with your new color.

Changing color in crochet is as simple as that.
As far as finishing off the yarns in the color change, you have a few options.
  • You can knot the yarn, cut it (leaving about a 6 inch tail), and weave in the ends later. (Recommended)
  • You can simply cut the yarn and work over the ends.
  • You can knot the yarn, cut it off close to the knot, and continue on.
I recommend the first option, as there is less chance of your hard work unraveling later.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful!


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