May 29th, 2012

Tuesday’s Tip – How to Change Colors in Crochet

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Thanks to Sara Delaney for sharing today’s crochet tip.

Changing color in crochet can be a bit tricky if it happens in the middle of a row(round). There is one simple step that makes the transition seamless and keeps your stitches all the right color.

The trouble many crocheters run into when changing color is 2-tone stitches. You can see the top of the stitch is our old color while the post, or body, of the stitch is the new color.

To avoid this problem you’ll want to begin the last stitch of your current color but STOP before doing the last yarn over.

Now you can grab a loop of your new color and pull through the 2 loops remaining on your hook to finish the stitch.

Continue on, working with your new color.

This technique works with every crochet stitch, just remember to change to your new color with the last yarn over of the stitch and you’ll have a beautiful color transition every time.

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Ecommerce Marketing Manager at WEBS - America’s Yarn Store
Dena started working at WEBS in 2006, shortly after she learned to knit. She also dabbles in crochet and weaving. She finds knitting complements her marathon and triathlon training really well.
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  • Knitter’s Pride

    Thanks for sharing such a great tip – and using one of our crochet hooks in your photo tutorial!  

  • Fe

    Love it! Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LaJoconde62 Monalisa Oreschnick

    Do I need to tie off the old color with the new color?

  • http://www.facebook.com/angsaylor Angie Saylor

    I’ve been using this technique for a while now and it works really well. :)

  • Hooker Leo

    monalisa < i never tie my ends and don't suggest it. if you are done with the old color, cut a tail, which you can sewn into the matching color with a tapestry needle. i find crochet much more forgiving when it comes to weaving in ends. The tail from the new color will be sewn into the matching color in the other direction

    hope this makes sense.