Changing color in a crochet project can seem like a really tricky bit of maneuvering if you’ve never done it before but it truly is simple! The key is to stop using your old color before you do the LAST YARN OVER of the last stitch in your old color. The last yarn over should be completed in your new color!
1. You will start one stitch before your color change actually starts (here we’re demonstrating in single crochet)
2. Insert your hook into the next stitch
3. Yarn over
4. Bring up a loop
1. With the new color, fold the yarn over to form a loop, leaving about a 6 inch tail
2. Grab the new color loop with your hook
3. Pull that loop through the 2 loops already on your hook
4. Continue working with just the new color (you can see the new stitch in the new color)
And now you’re set up to work over your tails. What do I mean by that? One of the great things about solid stitch patterns in crochet is that you can crochet your stitches right over your tails and not have to worry about weaving them in!
1. bring the tail of your new and old color across the top of the row of stitches that you’re working into
2. Now hold those tail in place but FORGET that they’re there! Just pretend that they are part of the tops of the stitches in the row below
3. Insert your hook into the next stitch the same way you always do – see how the hook goes under the tails as well?
4. Yarn over your hook, just as you always do. You can see, highlighted in red, that your yarn over has gone over the tails, essentially locking them down to the top of the row below
1. Bring up a loop
2. Yarn over one last time – here you can see that the tails are actually inside the stitch!
3. Once that stitch is finished you can’t even see those tails
4. Keep trapping those tails inside your work for a few inches and you can cut those tails and move along!
Do you change colors this way? Do you crochet over your tails?