How to Change Colors in Crochet – 8 Different Ways by Naztazia


Hi I’m Donan Wolfe from naztazia.com Today I’ll show you several ways to change colors in crochet. The first way is like this. Begin
your last single crochet on the row. Grab the next color yarn. Use it to draw
through the two loops on your hook. Then chain, turn your work, and continue
with the new color yarn. You can either cut the green yarn and weave it in or
carry it up along the sides. If you carry it up after two rows of the pink you can
grab the green yarn and change colors again with it. If you are making double crochet it’s a
similar process. Draw the new color through the last two
loops. Chain and turn. When working in the round begin your
slip stitch then draw the new color through the last two loops, and proceed with the new color. In spiral crochet in the round it’s a
little tricky. Insert the yarn where instructed in the
pattern. But at the end because of the spiral the
last stitch is up higher than the first stitch. To even it out for this round I
like to make a loose slip stitch at the base of the first stitch then make a
single crochet in the first stitch. Proceed along with the spiral crochet. Skip over that slip stitch and proceed
to put a single crochet in the first single crochet and continue working in
spirals. You’ll see that the rounds kind of even out now. Another way to change
colors or even add a new yarn is to finish off the last color then with the
new color place a slip knot on your hook. Now you can enter your hook on the end
or even halfway into a row. A slip stitch will help secure it. Then just follow the
pattern. With tapestry crochet you oftentimes
carry and crochet over the yarn. You can see how I’ve inserted the pink yarn. And
when I make my stitches I’m crocheting my stitches right over the pink yarn. Then just drop the green yarn and pick
up the pink yarn when needed. Now I’m crocheting over the green yarn. And I dropped the pink yarn and pick up
the green yarn again. You can see how this is nice and neat on
both sides. Another way to do this if you don’t really care about what the back
looks like is to carry the yarn across the back of the work. You can see when I turn it over how the
strands are carried across the back. And finally the last method is a bit
more difficult since you will need small amounts of yarn for each section or
blocks of color changes. With this method you aren’t carrying the yarn you’ll
begin by crocheting the first section with the green color then switch to the
second section with the pink color yarn. And start another green yarn for the
last section. I proceed to crochet with the green
yarn from this previous section then I drop the green yarn and switched to
the pink yarn for the next section. Then I dropped the pink yarn and
switched to the green yarn for the last section. With this method sometimes
you’ll drop the yarn in the front and sometimes you’ll drop the yarn in the
back. It depends upon the design as well as the pattern’s instructions. And when
you look at the back of this work it is extremely nice and neat and clean. These
are just some of the methods I use to change colors in crochet.

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