How to Crochet Graphghans: How to Change Color Techniques


Welcome to the section number 4 on
being able to change colors while inside. So you’ll notice that the “M” is blue and
that the background is actually more like a vibrant peachy color. It’s really
great. Now I didn’t have to have just two
colors, I could have done a lot more. Remember that the more colors you do
within your pattern, the more complicated it gets when it comes to doing the
bobbins. Now, my way that I like to do the best is the bobbin technique
where the yarn is actually changing instead of being carried through. What do I mean by that? You will notice that some graphghans, the actual yarn so the peach
will be carried behind the blue it actually will be trapped and what
happens is if you get too close to this thing you’ll notice that the peach
especially because it’s so bright will start bleeding through the blue which
kind of ruins the whole look at what you’re going for. So if you like clean
lines, very strong presentation, the bobbin technique is the way to go.
Within this section I’m gonna teach you how to be able to change your colors
because you will notice that this is actually amazing on both sides, so if you have an image such as a teddy bear and et cetera, it wouldn’t matter which side of the
afghan that you’re looking at because of the bobbin technique is going to produce a really great look. This is the color changing section
and what we have in this is five at major lessons all wrapped up into this
lesson as a whole. Lesson number one we’re going to be
learning on how to add the bobbins. Lesson number two what happens when you’ve
finished a color and you need to end a bobbin, how to do that really seamlessly. Lesson number three is how to move the
colors of the yarn. So we have for example we have the yarn color here, this
is like regular colors this is our special bobbin, how to move the yarns up
so that it’s all seamless. Lesson number four, we’re going to be
learning on how to change the yarn color. So if you’re coming along and it’s
before so we come along here and all of a sudden you see the same color that is
over here how do you do that without any lines
showing in order to do that and it also happens here with the main color and
that will be lesson number four. Lesson number five are ways of changing the color after the row. So for example we come on come here and we have all the solid
color this is our regular, the white. We’re gonna come along and all of a
sudden we have to change the color here but you can see that the yarn is ended
here. I’m gonna show you how to be able to hide the yarn here and be able
to start here and that is also same applying up here. So let’s get started on
lessons one through five. In lesson number one, I’m going to show you how to add on bobbins so you can see in the row below there’s
nothing there and the colors that we want are starting in the next row. This is no different from a regular
graphing pattern where you have nothing on the bottom and all of a sudden we’re
going to start. In this particular lesson I’m going to show you how to add on a
bobbin so it’s seamless. So I’m gonna follow the same instruction. So I’m going to go four box spaces so 1, 2, 3 and 4 and we’re gonna change on the fifth and
go the remaining and I”ll show you how to do that. So without further ado, let’s get started
and I’ll show you that first. So honoring this chart we have to go four spaces and
then the color starts but we have to watch what we’re doing on the project in
order to make that happen. So we’re going to start the row and
we’re just gonna chain up first and we are going to single crochet into the
first one just like so. Now, what I want to do, that counts as one of the one of
them there so we only have three more to go but I don’t wanna finish the final
three one so let’s just do the second one is normal, the third one is normal and the fourth
one to match is partially normal so we’re gonna stick in our hook and
pull the yarn out but we’re gonna stop we’re not gonna go any further and we’re gonna shift this yarn
forward so bring that yarn forward just like so and what I want you to do is
grab on a secondary color. So whatever color that you wanna do. So you wanna leave an extra long tail because you’re gonna use a darning needle at the end to sew in that project so that it’s really
well hidden so it never falls out. You don’t want any slipknots here, so
don’t put one. So you’re just gonna take the yarn and just simply make a big
loop like so. OK, so there’s no, no ties or anything. I
want you to take that loop and pull it through like that and so that finished off that number
four, but what happens is that this yarn is now ready to go for the next five. So 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. So what we have to do is that this yarn,
we need to pull forward before we begin anything else. We are now going to take the string that
is the end piece and just pull it forward as well so it’s out of your way.
So pull both of them forward out of your way. You’re immediately gonna come into
the next stitch starting with the new yarn. So you’re just gonna pull
through and just do a single crochet. At this time what I want to do is just tug
on these make them snug, but don’t over tighten them because then it will change
the tension of your project. So that’s one out of the five. So we have
the next one. So we have 2, 3, 4, and 5, but five, it’s gonna go to a different color at
the end, okay, there’s nothing there, so I don’t wanna
finish number five, I wanna grab another yarn so I’m just gonna grab
another one just make a big loop again just long straggler and just
pull up through that loop and put the straggler in front. Take the blue, also the green yarn
that we work with, also bring it forward whenever you’re changing colors these
yarn strings must come forward before you begin anything else. And what we’re just gonna do then is
we’re just gonna single crochet into the next one. See how loose that is? So I wanna take these strings and just tighten it up a little bit, like so, and just single
crochet for the remainder of the line. For tutorial reasons, I’m gonna turn
around and at the end of this line. Want to get to the end. So I’m gonna turn
around and so when you turn around, all of these strings will be on the back
side which is what we wanted. So you will not see any strings. Look
how clean that looks. So what we want to do at this point is that I want to
continue along. So this how you’re going to join on a
string. So in the next part of section number 3,
I’m going to show you how to be able to move the yarn colors up but the next
section I’m going to show you how to fasten all the bobbins off. So once
you’re done with these colors, how do you get rid of them at the end. Welcome to lesson number two. Lesson
number two is how to finish off these bobbins. So, for example, say that we’re
done these colors, how do we finish off. We’re simply just
going to finish them off as normal and what is normal? We’re just going to single crochet just
like so and I’m ready now to change so, say this brown was completely done, I’m ready to change it over the
green, so still move it forward. OK, we’re not quite done with that yet
and we’re going to take the green and we’re going to being able to start the
next one just like so. And so you’re basically going to single crochet the
remaining. So let me finish off the green. So say
the green is done, so I’m going to do this all at the same time again move it
forward and I’m going to pull through and then start the blue. So now you have two strings that are
coming forward and what are you going to do with these things? So all you just need to do is just cut
yourself an extra long length like so and I’m going to cut both of the
green and the brown and all you’re just going to do at this point is grab a
darning needle at this point and you can do this at the end of the project if
you’re more comfortable and do it all at one time. The yarn string should
never fall out on you anyway in this point you’re actually working on
it just like so but what you want to do is that you want to just bury the yarn
into the actual same line so you want to actually go into the fibers itself of
the stitch. Okay, so you just don’t go into gapping
spaces. And go in three times. This will
permanently lock it into position and voila. You can safely now cut this at the
actual project itself, right right down to the wick and you
will never have that pop out just like so. So this is how you would be able to
finish off a bobbin, so you can continue to do other colors on top of it but it’s
a really easy process in order to do. So these are the strings that are coming
from the start of the bobbin and you basically we have two sets of strings
because we had the green and the brown. So all I’m just going to do to hide
these in now you could have done a slip knot, i would not recommend it because you
want a flat surface you want to make it look good and what you have to be very careful is
that when you go to do this section you’re just going to take the darning
needle and slide under the same color fibers that is the starting that what
you started and you want to pass through it three
times so when you pull out first one don’t over pull it because you’re going
to see a gapping space if you do so. So you’re going to come back in the same
direction going into a slightly different area again burying into the
fibers like so and then you want to go one more time. When you go a total of three times back and forth
the project can never move in three different directions to come loose on
you therefore they’ll be permanently into
position. Then what you can just do now that you’ve done it three times, you can just simply trim your work right
at the actual project itself and you never have to worry about that falling out. And that’s how you would do
a fastening on a bobbin and actually taking care of the starting area. This is lesson number three, where we’re
going to carry the yarn so they’re sitting on top of each other. So, for example, say you have in the the D
shape that we have in the back of the D you can see that all of this whole
section the boxes all line up with each other, there’s nothing really to worry
about. This is what it would look like so this is another color and basically the
boxes are just sitting on top of each other. This tutorial, I’m going to show you how
to do this using this sample. So let’s begin, essentially, if I was
looking at a graph I would say okay, all the boxes are
matching each other so I’m not even going to show you a graph on that. Just, what I
want you to do, is that I want you to match all three colors together as you
hit them. So to start off a row, we’re just gonna chain one first and then single crochet in the first one and I want you
to single crochet all the way to where you see the green, but I do not want you
to finish the final single crochet. It’s just like how we started the bobbins. So we’re gonna single crochet into
the next one and I’m not counting or anything. I don’t need to. I’m just
visually looking for it and basically the next one is where I want to do the
color change. So I’m going to insert my hook, pull the
yarn through, pull this yarn forward. Okay, this yarn must come forward before
you do anything and reach around the back and that is where the string is for
where you were doing the bobbin change. Okay, and that’s the string that we wanna use so we’re just gonna immediately pick it up and use it to finish off the
stitch. Therefore, this string is now ready to go
for the remaining. So the first one is the green so we’re
just gonna use the green and before I continue, let’s just snug this up and make sure it’s
good this is going to the brown yarn bobbin and I want to match up the
green. Okay, so once I got one more green left, I’m gonna come in, pull through, but I don’t want to finish
it, pull this yarn forward, reach around the back and get the blue that’s going to the bobbin and then pull that yarn through to finish that. Pull the green snug and begin to single crochet. So the trick is, is that when you’re going to change your yarn colors and they’re just doing regular stuff, they’re just sitting on top of each
other, you have to make sure you pull these
strings forward. So if you turn your work, these strings here are for the, when we
cast it or when we started, I have not yet buried those into the project that’s
why you’re seeing those. So right now if I was to redo this again so I up one and you can speed up so you’re
going to match exactly what you see so there’s only four of these blue so we
go into the final one but we don’t finish it. Pull forward, grab the green from
behind and finish it. Pull everything snug and then do the
green. And you’re just matching everything that you see. Okay, so the next one is gonna turn, over here is gonna turn brown so I want to finish do this one but do not finish it pull forward, grab the brown from behind, finish it and then just continue along. And that’s how you were just moving yarn just straight up from each other
because we had two other lessons where what happens if the yarn is actually
bouncing in changing different lengths and I’m gonna be showing you that
next. In lesson number four, we’re going to experience on how to change the colors is if they were before the actual change. So for example you see that these four boxes are all the darker color and we come all the way across and then we
change over to the the main color that we are doing, we come up and then come
back across and all of sudden we need from this color all the way to start over
here. How do you do that without hiding it? Now on my example that I have I’ve actually purposely made an error so that you can
see. This is what happens on your project is if you’re not careful. So if I start for example the white was
started over here and I just pick it up like this you’re going to have these god-awful
lines going on in your project. Now on one side you won’t even see that
happening. This is a different row the ones that
you see here but in the row that is normal you will see on the other side it’s not
so normal. So you see where that blue line is, so one side it will be a perfect
and the other side it will not because the yarn was carried up when we did that.
Today on this one we’re going to show you how to change these colors when it’s
actually before the color change so it’s before so we have to hold this all the way to start here and
then pick up. And just for, just for clarity when you see stuff like this
going up on a diagonal this is what happens when you start it
before. So for example you can see that this color here was here but when we
came back you will see that it was over shifted over two. So this is a relevant lesson on being
able to carry your yarn. So let’s begin to do work on this sample and my goal
for this is to get this green to appear over here sooner. So let’s just crochet for the first two
so that 1 and 2. I’m not gonna finish the second one because i want to pull
the green over and i’m going to show you the wrong way firstly you understand. So I’m gonna just start this and I’m
just gonna immediately pull this yarn forward like I should and immediately just pick up the green
and then just pull it over like this and I’m just going to use the next and just
go into the next single crochet as normal, making sure I pull things snug if it is
loose at any point and I’m just going to continue to single crochet. So I’m doing
it wrong at this point and in actual fact it did one whole project like this
without realizing I was doing it wrong. Snd I’m just saying to myself okay, I’m
following the graph no big deal and it looks perfect so you have nothing to worry about it’s
not until you turn it around where you see it’s not perfect. Look at that line see, it’s just sitting
on top. So whenever you’re starting a color change and its prior to the color
that is already sitting, so unless I was changing the color right where I was
doing it before you are going to see these lines. Now in earlier on in the
project I showed down here this is a mistake I
did it on purpose just to show you and what’s happened is that I’d not
buried in that yarn string in order to hide it well and you can see I’ve done
it several times. So let’s reverse out to our work and let me
show you how to do it properly. So let me show you how to do it properly and what
we’re going to do is that I’m ready to for the green and I’m gonna pull my
yarn forward. Now the trick is, is that I do wanna
pull this yarn up over top and pull it through the stitch. So I wanna do that and I want to make
sure that this is not too tight nor too loose I want to just to sit
there and float and all I’m just going to do is that I’m going to go into the
next stitch that’s available so that’s what you know but this time
what I want you to do is go into that stitch make sure that this string is on
top of the hook and this is going to bury it so you’re just gonna go
around and single crochet. Every time that you do a color change like this and
its prior to wear the color is already sitting you need to bury in this string so it’s
not showing. So you’re just gonna single crochet
into the next, make sure that color is on top so it’s being part of the stitch and
single crochet is normal. You wanna do it right until you get to
that regular color so I wanna continue to keep that on top and now here’s the
one right before, so this one you may question it and you’re saying
okay well it’s going to look okay it’s going up on an angle you are gonna see that. So you wanna
come in like this and you wanna make sure that that string is still on top even the one before to make it work and
then once you’re to the green you continue as normal. So now you have the perfect color change right here. You don’t see any string being carried
along but turn it over you don’t see it there either. So that’s
how you do it. So let’s review one more time. So let’s do it with the blue. So I’m
gonna move my green forward and I’m gonna pick up my blue and I’m gonna pull it over. Okay and now it’s just, so now I have to
insert my hook and make sure that that floating string is on top of the hook, I’m just gonna single crochet around
it including the one that is right before. So don’t over skip it like this make sure you catch it as you’re going so
you’re not only going to have the stitch but you’re going to have the yarn carry
over and just single crochet as normal. So now you can see that it looks perfect
on this side and let me just finish this row and when I turn it around it looks perfect on the other side. So
that’s how you would do a carryover when changing the color prior to the color below, if that makes any sense to you. So the
next section I’m gonna teach you how to change color when the color is after, so we’re gonna extend our blue
further onto the green and the green is gonna be way back here, how do we get it over here. I’m gonna
show you that in lesson number five. Well, this is lesson than number 5 and lesson
number five is about changing the color when the color underneath has already started but you’re not going to continue. So for example we come across here and all of a sudden we go up but we’re not gonna
move back to this color until after this color is already started. So lesson
number four it was about this color starting prior, this lesson, number five
is about the color starting after and I’m gonna show you how to do that. So here’s an example, what we
have is coming across just like so and the color that we want is over here, so
in actual fact we’re missing two so this color when we stopped last
time it’s over here but in the new one we need to have it up here. So I’m going to show you that next. So let’s begin and I’m going to show you,
I’m just going to start the single crochets going across and this is
about changing the color. So basically the green you can see it from behind has stopped
right here but what happens if the green is further on over. Even if it’s just one over it makes a
huge difference if you carry your yarn and you bury it. So I’m just gonna go
two extra just for the sake, I you do this even if it’s just one
extra, just to be keeping it clear with you and so for example this is where I wanna change it. Right now when I go to change the green I wanna make sure that, I’m gonna
show you the wrong way, so I’m gonna pull forward first and then I’m just
gonna immediately grab the green and finish it and then I’m going to start
the next. This is doing it the wrong way and I did
a whole project like this so just so you know this so it’s not just me. So basically, it looks okay right now and everything is looking decent. The problem is when you turn it around you can see
that you carried the yarn. It doesn’t make any sense. So down here I
made an error on purpose, of course, and I’m just showing you that what happens
if you carry the yarn incorrectly it will show just like how you did here. So let me reverse back to where I change the green and show you how to do it properly. So we have our blue back in and what I want to do is
that I want to reverse the blue right back out to where that green started. So now this time as soon as I come up I
want to begin to start burying the yarn. So I’m just gonna go
immediately into this blue one here and finish it. But what I wanna do now is that I wanna grab this one here this green and I wanna bury it underneath some stitches in order to get it to where I need it to go. So the next one that I wanna do, is
that I want to make sure that I go into the stitch but also into and put that
straggler over top and bury it underneath and I’m gonna just use two stitches. Okay, so now what you’ve done is you moved the yarn over without any carryover. You can see you don’t see it there you don’t
see it on either side and so now I’m ready to begin to change the color to
green. So I’m going to start the first one as
normal I’m going to move that yarn forward and
I’m going to pick up this straggler and finish it or sorry the the other one and
finish it so that I’m ready for the green. Just like so. So now what’s
happened is that you can see on both sides that I’ve carried the green over, you don’t see that I’ve done it but you have a nice clean line anyway. So this is how you would do it so if for example if I was coming back and the green was maybe one over I would still bury the yarn just for
the one stitch just so that you never ever see any kind of strings like this
coming up out of your work. In actual fact I have an example on Daniel’s thing that
I did where I missed it and you can see that there’s two strings that are out of
alignment, actually four, so this is where I never carried it because this is my
practice sample and what i was thinking myself how do you get rid of that and
it’s all about burying it underneath so that you don’t see any stitches like
that. And once I caught on to that method you
can see that the top that there is no kind of strings like that at all because
I learned how to bury it regardless on what side that
you were looking at when it comes to doing all of this. So this is how to chain or how to
change the yarn color and carry it over when the yarn color is changing afterward. 👋

100 thoughts on “How to Crochet Graphghans: How to Change Color Techniques

  • I'm on my way to finishing my first graphgan. I put it off for so long because I kept getting so frustrated. This video is so clear and precise and it answered all my questions. By far the best tutorial I've found on this subject! Thanks!!

  • Thank you! Very helpful lessons. I think I may be ready to now do my first graphghan. Hope I can figure out how many to chain for my foundation chain & how many stitches needed for afghans of varying sizes.

  • Hi Mikey and friends!
    Please do color changing tutorial on C2C graphghan. It's a bit frustrating, I tried to do some of the techniques showed in this particular tutorial but I still think I'm doing something wrong. Thank you in advance. Merry Christmas from Philippines! πŸ’ž 😳

  • I am working on a DC project and when I carry up from the bottom row I am getting a line of yarn as high as the dc. Any suggestions ??? I really do not like how that is looking. Also, how far would you say is too far to bring up a color when the color is ahead or behind what you need?? 16 stitches 20 stitches??

  • This is such an awesome tutorial. Clearly demonstrates how to hide changing colors within a project with examples and clear instructions. He also shows the incorrect way to change colors so you can see why his method works. Thank you!

  • for some reason my stitches sometimes dont sit on top of each other like they should. can you please tell me what i may be doing wrong.

  • Oh my God!! Your instructions are always on point!! You are amazing! Your videos are so easy to follow! Thank you so much for doing all these!!! God bless you!!

  • i am doing a larger project where it is 48stitches wide and 52 stitches long. how would i carry the colors over when there are very wide gaps?

  • Thanks for posting these. I'm planning to start my first graphghan soon and with these instructions I'm sure I can do it without screwing it up!

  • Thank you so much for your tips. I came here with 4 different questions and after watching this I now can continue my project with out any questions and I learned something new!! Very helpful and easy to understand, as usual with all of your tutorials πŸ˜€

  • I just started my first graphgan and I am only using three colors. Is it ok to pull through the two remaining colors along the row as you show doing for one?

  • How do I make a pattern?! This was so clear and now I can make something I want but I don't know how big it will be >.<

  • Great Video. First time crocheting a graph pattern. I am left handed with that being said my string is ending up behind my stitches. I am trying both ways that showed in the video to bury the string but neither is working I still have a line because my string is behind. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • Wow. Thank you. I've been wanting to make a graphgan and now with your video, I'm confident I can do it and have it come out correctly. Thank you so very much for being so clear and for taking time to share your experience.

  • I have a question – I have a Graphghan that is a C2C crochet – which i have never done – Do all the rules apply the same way? And can a C2C pattern be turned into a "regular" pattern? Anyone

  • I'm doing a graph that has 5 colors in one row. Can I carry more than one color? Will it look too bulky?

  • Really helpful tutorial! I have one question though. How do you change color or carry the yarn of a different color, when it's several rows down the work? Example: I've used blue in row 3, but I don't need it again until row 7. Do I finish it off and start the color again? ~Clara

  • thank you for this tutorial! please can you help me with something? Q: how do you make a colour change and sew in the ends with only 1 stitch? ex if the pattern asks for 1 white stitch and the rest is black as in a speck in the eye?

  • I love all the informative videos. if it weren't for Mikey making things so much easier an clear i would of given up.

  • Thank you so much for this video!!! I'm starting my first graph soon for a present and was so confused how to.hide the yarn! You're amazing!

  • Thanks to this miniseries, I have been able to get my Peppermint Patty and Snoopy Graphghan off the ground! Thank you so much for all these tips:)

  • how would you do one stitch surrounded by the background color? i understand that you don't finish the last stitch before the color change, so…i'm lost now.

  • Oh my, I want to hug and kiss you (for people on the computer purpose it's a figure of speech) for making this so easy for me. Now I am able to enjoy learning to make more of these. Thank you so much for the great video. Thumbs up.

  • Thank you! Will be using all these skills in a graphgan I'm making for my fiancΓ© a wedding gift! I feel much more confidant now!

  • Why can't I find beginners instructions showing how to start the very first stitch on the very first row. I am so clueless how to do a graphgahn. Beginners instructions are never "from the very beginning" for us who do not know how to do something. πŸ™

  • omg thank you!! i was so tired of changing a color cutting doing the color then adding new color cutting old ect..this makes it so much easier to just flow everything

  • I thought I'm doing it wrong, because these tiny coloured strings that are goind out of the picture I'm making look very ugly to me, but they are SUPPOSED to be there? I did a triangle shape and on the right side of it every other libe has one yellow dot next to the triangle. It is never even and I thought it's my fault. I find that very ugly

  • I have a quick question. Sometime you use a bobbin other times you carry colours. As a general rule is there a maximim amount of stitches you should carry a colour before you decide its actually better to use a bobbin?

  • simply wonderful! thank you for opening up my world of crochet even broader now! I am so grateful for this! you are amazing…..

  • Great tutorials and you're really good teaching them 😍 can't wait to make my very first afhgan thanks to you 😊

  • πŸ˜€Thank y so much, you've made this project looking great now.. I appreciate your time on helping..

  • Thank you Joey!
    Clear, simple, understandable, doable.
    Nice!
    You are my favorite teacher.
    God bless!
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  • This video was very helpful, but it could have heen half as long if some of the repeat information was removed, haha. 😢

  • You are so good I've been scared to start a project that I bought all my stuff for last weekend then became overwhelmed with the bobbin technic after this tutorial I feel a little better so I'm going to give it a go

  • Making a scarf using a shamrock graph and had no idea how to move my yarn. I will be using your tutorial to guide me. Many thanks..

  • Thanks Mikey… this video is an answer to my prayers as I want to learn how to make a graph pattern on a cap…. …. your tutorial is so easy and clear to follow….

  • Thank yoiu so much. Your instructions are very clear and now I'm ready to start a project for my new grandson's shower!

  • Love your tutorials!! You make it so easy to avoid mistakes. I’m starting a new project and this video in particular will be a huge help! Thank you!

  • When using just 2 colors do you still have to have a bobbin for changing the colors or is there a way to carry the drop color across to when needed again in the same row or do u fasten off and start the color up with a new bobbin

  • Good morning Mickey just want to know when working with more than 1color and u need the beginning color without the row and to end the row do u carry the yarn across or do u use 2 separate ball of yarn to work with and why does changing the colors always look jag-it on the left side it never looks even like the chart shows

  • Great video. You always carry yarn towards you? I flip flop to keep tails on one side. WS I drop to back RS I drop to front. I’m wrong?

  • Hi Mikey – I noticed in your project you are using sc only. It seems doing do hides the yarn well when using the bobbin method. However my project is using dc only and when using the bobbin it seems to put a more noticeable line when carrying. Any tips or recommendations on how to avoid this other than finishing off and having a nightmare of tails to hide at the end? Really struggling, as my project is a university logo with the state in letters. The letters are 1 color but have a different color as s border so I have frequent color changes including the background color. Appreciate any help!

  • Okay, I still did not found an answer. You do three colors instead of two. When I pull the blue string forward before changing to been and the do however many stitches I need to do with the green, how do I return to the blue again? do I Barry it under the stitches too but instead of bringing the string forward I just lay if overtop and Barry it under stitches untill I need it again?

  • Thank you very much! That was exactly the information that I was looking for. Very well explained and now I'm much clearer about what I'm doing. Thanks again! Take care x

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