How To Change Colors & Yarn Strands with Bernat Blanket

In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to deal with some technical issues when it comes to Bernat Blanket yarn. So many people write me and say, you know what happens is that they’re using this yarn, and all of a sudden they run out of the yarn and what they try to think they’re gonna do is they’re gonna frog themselves all the way back out. If you’re working with an afghan you can end up with quite a bit of yarn that you would classify as garbage, but you don’t have to. You can keep every inch of it. So what you can just do is that I have purposely cut my yarn, on purpose so that I can show you what to do. So we’re gonna chain up three, so one, two, three; and I’m gonna be crocheting and minding my own business, and stuff; and I’m just gonna crochet along and then all of a sudden I realize that I’ve gonna run outta yarn. Okay, so. What you want to do; let me just stop here. Is that you know you’re gonna run outta yarn real soon. Just like this. So, what I’m gonna do is that I’m gonna go into the next stitch and I’m gonna start it. So going in, so this is how you would change color mid-line as well. So you can just pull through and hold this. So you don’t want to finish this. So you got three loops on the hook, you have this yarn left over. So what you’re gonna do, is that you’re gonna grab the new yarn and you do not create a slip knot. You just simply, just have to loop it around your hook, and so instead of using the regular yarn to pull through to finish your double crochet, Or any other stitches that you’re working with, you’re gonna use this loop to finish it off. And you’re gonna allow your straggler of the new yarn plus the yarn that you’re just finishing off, and just leave it down on top of the line. So, let’s finish off that stitch as is. Pretending that there is nothing wrong. So these two stragglers, what you can do is that you can hide these in so wonderfully It’s, it’s crazy actually. So, you’re gonna wrap the yarn, and when you go into the next stitch, you wanna make sure that you leave those two strands down on top of the line, and this strand is gonna come over top of it and hold it into position right underneath the stitch. With this yarn you can barely even notice it’s there. That’s what’s so fabulous about this. Especially if you’re doing the snuggle sacks and stuff. Really quite easy. So you’re gonna go about a couple inches or so, you can go a little bit longer if you wish. And once your satisfied with it then what you can just do is trim out the remainding, right to the project. So I’m gonna be satisfied with this, just say for argument’s sake, I’m satisfied. The two stragglers are still hanging out, and I can safely now just cut those. Right there, and I can continue to mind my own business and working on the project. Going back and forth and you barely even notice it’s even there. Isn’t that cool? So that’s how you can change, uh, yarn. If it happens to run out in the middle of the line. Just like that; and so you can go from one ball to another, and really it’s quite seamless. So let’s move on and I’m gonna show you how to change colors with this yarn. So let’s say I want to do a stripe of a different color, or I can do multiple different colored yarn, just tired of this color and I want to switch off. So what I like to do at the end; they say normally in tutorial patterns, or any kind of patterns that the final stitch becomes the new yarn. So you can do it two ways. You can either just loop on the new yarn, like this and then start fresh. Okay so if you were to do it like this, then what is gonna happen is that you’re gonna leave your stragglers so you can make sure you cut everything. And just like I just showed you, put them down on top, and then you start the next row. So, one two three, and then what you have to do is keep those down on top of the line and then going into the next stitch, you just, you see this gray just goes right up over top of it. Like that. So that’s how you could actually finish off a line of one color and move into another. Now I kinda have this phobia (which is kinda very unjustified, I just have to say) Of my yarn strands falling out. So what I like to do, technically, is I like to fasten off completely when I go to change colors. So you’re gonna notice it’s kinda a bit loose goosey here, so before you do anything, just make sure that you just pull on these. And that’ll pull any slack. Kay, you don’t wanna go crazy and yank on it. You just wanna make sure that it’s gonna be right underneath And there’s no slack hanging out. So once you’re satisfied, about a couple inches or so, you can just safely cut that yarn then, right down to the project. Okay. So once you get everything finalized, and et cetera, everything just is really quite nice; and then you just continue on using your gray and minding your own business. So that’s one way to change from one color to another, when it comes to all these different projects. But I like to actually fasten off, so what I would do, if it were me this is what I tend to always do. Is that when I get to the end of the line, I stop and I trim my yarn completely and I pull through the loop. Like that. And I’m just gonna weave this in and out of some of the stitch work. So when I am weaving them out of the stitch work, I make sure that the next time I go across this Is that when I go into the stitch, that’s also part of it, so it gets stuck underneath. So this is the way I prefer to do it for myself. And once I’m satisfied, I just leave it in there and then I’ll trim that after I pass by it again. So then what I do is I grab my next color, and I create a slip knot. This is how I like to change my colors. Create a slip knot first and then I just join it to the top of the first one like so and i just put the straggler
over top, er the yarn leading to the ball over top and I keep this straggler down
and i’m going to chain up one, two, three. And then I can go safely across. I wanna make sure that, that one again is down on top of the line. That’s how I prefer to do it. It’s up to you on how, how you have it. Everybody has their own method, and that’s how I kind of really like to get my work done. Uh, when it comes to all this. So once I get past the one that’s been woven in, see here’s the gray. Um I just safely just trim out whatever’s left hanging out because I know that, I’ve gone in, uh, over top of it then I know that it’s pretty well safely in place. So what I do is that I wait til the end, so I just push it behind, I don’t see it any more. Outta sight, outta mind, and then when I go to finish the line and I turn my project that’s when I trim it before I start the next row. I’m the kinda person, I like to, uh, take care of my tail ends as they go, instead of waiting til the very end of the project. So that would be how you’d do that.You could change colors that way. So how can you weave in your ends, if you’re scared they’re gonna fall out? So when it comes to the end of the project you can’t really just weave in your ends with this kind of yarn. It’s too thick. Because it is just honestly gonna fall out. So what you’re gonna do is I have already trimmed my yarn, about 12 inches and I’m gonna pull through the final loop. That loop locks it. It’ll never come out unless you try to unravel it yourself. So what I like to do is that I like to take this end and I like to feed it through a darning needle. Just like this. So the secret to this kind of yarn, or any kind of yarn, is that when you go in and out of your project three times, that you can safely hide in your work, and it will never fall out. So you want to go in underneath, so that it’s just gliding underneath the stitches. Okay. So just go about, maybe an inch or so. Just across, see? You don’t see it on the back end, just right on down through the middle. And you pull out, pull that all through. You take your time pulling it through. Just like this. And what you want to do, is that when you pull on it, you don’t want to get, a pull on it to the point where you start deforming the edge. So now that its on on this side, you’re gonna go back in the other direction, but in a different path. All the way back out. Oops. The needle fell off but my strand still remains. It does happen and I’m just gonna feed that back on. Surprisingly you can squish this yarn so compact to get into the small needle I think that’s amazing on it’s own. *Laughs* So, but that was two. So I am gonna go back into a different path. In for a third time. So this project can never ever, uh, stretch in three different directions at one time, therefore, these loose ends, will never fall out on ya. Especially if you’re washing it and all of that. And you have children playing with it. So then you can safely cut it right down into the project. And you can barely see As a season crocheter, you might be able to see it. But it’s actually done there, and that’s the way to do it properly. So you can do that method as well as Instead of hiding it and going over the top, like I showed you here and, uh, this is a really great way to do it. So, this is a really kind of a cool technique. So let me just show you one more concept and we can do something else. So let’s say that the pattern asks you to change color midway through the line. So how do you do it? So the way that I like to do it. I wrap the yarn and I go in, as if I’m, then I pull through as if I am going to change this yarn. So say this yarn was about to run out. I grab the new yarn. I loop it without creating a slip knot, and I pull it and I finish it first. Like this. This would be how you would do graph-ghan work and et cetera, like that as well. So I’m going to use that as my … well… So let’s say that we had to change our color mid line. How do you do it? So, people ask me that as well. So, let’s just say we’re gonna go to gray midway through the line. You do graph-ghans like this and et cetera. So you can wrap the hook and go in and pull through and pull through two, and hold it. Here’s where you’re gonna hold. The final loop that you make here is the loop that appears over top the next one. So the thing about it, is if I do this blue one now, let me show you what happens, if I do the blue one now and then I go to change the yarn, what’s gonna happen is this. See this loop here that I just made? The top, everything else will be gray but the top will not be gray it will still be blue. So the secret to doing a very nice, clean line of this is to stop, when you have two loops on the hook. Now, this obviously is because it’s double crochet, but whatever the last item that you pull through, um, matters on the color. So let’s for example want to switch it to gray. So, what you can just do is push it, and pull through the gray through, and let the gray fall down on top of the line and we’re gonna trap it. So now this gray then becomes the top of the next stitch. So let’s just double crochet using only gray, and I’m gonna go right up over top of the other two strands that I have and I just do a double crochet. So do you see that? That loop that we made, is the top of this one. So you can just double crochet all of a sudden to go across. Now what if they ask you to change the color back? Like it would be with a graph-ghan. So you would drop your gray, and you’d bring back your blue. So bring back the blue, up, finish it, cause that would be the top of the next line, and then you use the blue, dropping down the gray. Just like this. So this is how you would change colors in mid-line, like that. To give you some really kind of cool affects if you ever have to do that. So when, what you have to do then is, that when you drop the gray here, you leave the gray here so that you can pick it up at the other side, and we have videos on how to do graph-ghan work as well. But you can see it does a really good job even with the thick yarn like this, to be able to do graph-ghans, if you’re ever looking for that. So that concludes today’s video on how to change yarn in the middle of the line, how to change yarn at the end of the line, if you had to do that, color changing, options for being able to weave your items in as well as using a darning needle and then options if you ever have to change color in the middle of the line. So that’s it for now, have a great day and we’ll see you again real soon. Buh-bye.

37 thoughts on “How To Change Colors & Yarn Strands with Bernat Blanket

  • Mikey, how do you change colors when working in the round to create a clean line of delineation between the two colors? I'm working on a hat in all hdc. Thanks for all your great tutorials!!

  • Great tutorial!! I think you covered about every possibility there is. Thank you so much. I'm saving this for future reference.

  • i love that he left the blooper in there. not only does it make me feel better as a crocheter that even a pro makes slip ups but it also made me laugh so hard to hear that little "oh" when i was thinking "Mikey I'm pretty sure that's wrong."

  • What do you do with the little pieces after your tutorials?
    My god-daughter says you can use them for barbies as blankets and curtains.
    I would love to hear what you do with the left-overs?

  • That's an awesome demonstation! I've been crocheting for years, but think i'll use this method from here on in.

  • I have saved many yards/meters of my bernat blanket by using the change in the middle of the row you showed once before. i also hardly have ends to sew in thanx to your crochet over method. thanx

  • Wow thank you so much. It's my first time working with Bernat blanket yarn and I was so concerned about weaving my ends because it was thick I had no clue how to do it. Didn't even think to use my darning needle I was using my crochet hook to weave in and out. Weaving ends stresses me out. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜–

  • I don't know what it is, but you always make things so easy to learn. I am not really a beginner, but I never really learned how to crochet the proper way. So thanks for taking the time to make these videos.

  • can you please tell me what crochet hooks you are using? mine are that style, but only go up to a J. That yarn calls for L and I have yet to find one that size in the same style. I do not love the plastic hooks and those seem to be the only ergonomic ones in my area.

  • First off, let me say I'm one of your big fans, too! Love your how-to videos, and couldn't make a thing without them….until now!!!

    The one thing I've had an issue with since I've decided to "yarn it up" is that no one has told me, showed me, offered a single way to join anything but multi-fiber/ply, or "tube" yarns!! I guess what I mean is this: I can find no reliable, simple (not necessarily "easy") way to join #6-#7 (super bulky/jumbo weight) yarns without sewing them! While the Blanket yarn and Baby yarns are awesome, the 'type' is the only thing it has in common with BIG. Aside from sewing it, can you advise how to correctly and invisibly (that being the most important) join Bernat Blanket BIG size yarn (and similar) in the middle of a project, ie., to change colors or when running out of a skein?

    Any words of wisdom would be appreciated since the yarn is discontinued, but it's an awesome critter if I could just use more than one skein a project!!

    Thanks again; you're the Boss!!

  • okay this works for tight or close stitches but, what about loose stitches? How do I add more, do I tie a knot?~~cc

  • I have done this, but 2 of the blankets I've made for others have come loose!!! I'm so upset, I'm afraid the other ones I've made will come loose also…I even tied a knot with the 2 ends!! I love this yarn but I'm afraid it will keep coming out…anything I can do to make sure this doesn't keep happening?

  • Does anyone have a video on changing this Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in KNITTING???? Please help. PS. Your tutorial is very clear and I do crochet but the project I'm working on is knitted. HELP SOMEONE!!!!!!

  • Hi, I’m crocheting a jacket piece with super chunky 50% wool/acrylic. Do you think the β€˜burying’ technique of changing colour or ball of yarn will hold securely with this type of yarn? Thank you!

  • Thank GOD for this video! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ played yarn chicken this last row literally 2 stitches from the end of the row ROFL!

  • Does this method hold up against washing? My only concern would be the ends or stitches coming apart when I go to wash

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