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How to Change Colors in Crochet [Video Tutorial]

Have you ever wondered how to change colors in crochet? Whether you are working in rows, circles, or spirally, these simple tricks will come in handy.

In this article, you will learn how to change colors at the end of the row and in the middle of it, as well as in the flat circle. Easy steps will allow you to use it in many different situations, so grab your crochet hook and some yarn, and let’s get started.

How to Change Colors in Crochet

Video Tutorial (Right-Handed)

Video Tutorial (Left-Handed)

Changing Colors Row by Row

If you go for a stripy design, you have to learn how to change your colors row by row. It’s very easy and you can see the process in the photos below:

How to Crochet Spike Stitch tutorial 1
this part of the tutorial comes from my article on How to Crochet Spike Stitch

To add a new color for the new row, stop before finishing the last stitch of the row, because that’s when you should attach the new color.

Why use this method?

If you finish up the last stitch as usual, your first color will be visible in your next row as the ugly bump. That’s because the last “pull-through” creates the loop that goes farther than your last stitch – on top of the next, to be precise!

You can see it clearly in the comparison below:

comparison of good and bad way of changing color in a row

In the top photo, you can see, that the change of colors is nice and clean because the last “pull-through” of pink dc used yellow yarn. In the bottom picture, however, the last loop of double crochet was finished with the first color, so that pink yarn is visible on top of your first yellow stitch.

How to change the colors in the middle of the row

Good question! The answer is simple – exactly the same. The tutorial below shows it step by step, so follow it if you like!

changing color in the middle of the row

Pro tip!

This one is for those of you, who are introducing new color in the middle of the row. If you don’t like weaving in ends, just carry your first color as you crochet with the second one. Work your stitches over this yarn, so that it’s hidden inside. You can then pick it up at the end of the row, or simply cut it.

Carrying yarns and working with multiple colors in one row is the crucial technique in tapestry crochet, which I will write about soon!

How to change colors in crochet rounds

Whether you are working in rounds, or spirally, the method remains basically the same.

As you can see below, not following the method creates ugly bumps that make your rounds look uneven. For this swatch I used magic ring and single crochet stitches.

two ways of changing colors in a flat circle - comparison

Now let’s see step by step how to do it – for closing a round, we use slip stitch. When you make your last stitch of the round, insert your hook into the first stitch, and stop there. This is a place for adding new colors! Pull it all the way through and secure it by making a chain stitch.

How to change colors in a flat circle

Do it in every row, so that they look nice and polished.

If you are new to this, practice your tension and the way you are holding the yarns. It’s not easy to keep them in place at first, so don’t get discouraged if they tangle or slip now and then.

Does it work with every stitch?

Yes, it does! Whether you are working with slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet, or double crochet stitches, the method remains unchanged. You stop when you have your last two loops on the hook and make a final “pull-through” with a new color.

Try these colorful free crochet patterns

FAQ

What is the best way to change colors when crocheting?

I showed the best method in the photo and video tutorials, which you can find in the beginning of this article. Completing the last yarn-over of the last stitch with the new color ensures smooth transition between colors.

How do you change colors in crochet without cutting?

You have three options:

  1. Keep crocheting over the unused yarn, like in tapestry crochet.
  2. Keep the yarn in the back of the work, but you will have loose strands hanging on the wrong side.
  3. Guide the yarn on the edges, and pick it up for the next row of color – perfect method for stripey projects.

How to switch between colors in amigurumi?

Use the method shown in the video tutorial, or read more about creating jogless stripes in the round. You can find it in this article.

How to do multi-color crochet?

Multi-colored crochet projects use one of the two options:

  1. Multiple yarn balls of different colors, between which you have to switch.
  2. Multicolored or ombre yarn, which you work like a normal ball of yarn because it produces colorful effects as you go.

The second option is much easier and doesn’t require weaving in ends.

How to join a new color in crochet granny square?

Granny squares often feature color changes in each next round, so you can use one of two methods:

  1. Finish the round with a new color (use it only for a slip stitch) and continue working normally.
  2. Finish the round with the first color, fasten off, and use a new color of yarn to make a standing stitch. In this case it will be a standing double crochet.

Although the second method requires learning new technique, it produces much better results.

How do you twist yarn when changing colors?

You don’t have to twist the yarn when changing colors in crochet. All you have to do is to securely tie and weave in any remaining yarn ends.

How do you crochet yarn that changes color?

There’s no special method for this – you work it like a normal ball of yarn. The color changes will occur naturally as you progress, so it’s a perfect choice for beginners.

How do you join yarn and change colors in crochet?

Completing the stitch with a new yarn leaves a yarn tail, which you can then tie and weave in. The same thing happens when you make a standing stitch, but in this case you start with a slip stitch on your hook. The third option is to slip stitch the yarn to your work first, especially if you are starting a new row.

How to change yarn colors without weaving in ends?

To eliminate weaving in ends altogether, you have to combine the two strands of yarn (almost) seamlessly.

  1. You can use a russian join technique, which I covered in my article about crochet hacks.
  2. If you use wool yarn, you can try felting the two ends together. To do that, unravel the yarn ends, wet them a little, and felt them together with a needle. However, this method won’t look good when used on two very contrasting yarn colors.
  3. Learn how to make the magic knot – tying two yarns together to create a tiny, almost invisible knot.

How to switch colors back and forth in crochet?

If you need to switch colors multiple times throughout the row, keep crocheting over the unused yarns. Then, switch whenever you need the new color.


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2 Comments

  1. Hello
    I’m so impressed by how much I glean from just going over your tutorials just to refresh my memory. I get so caught up in ever changing techniques that I seem to leave behind things I need to keep forefront in my brain. lol. I am 72 years old and now handicapped, recently retired from 50 years in Christian Music Ministries, also a 4-time cancer survivor and trying to restore my crocheting abilities from way-back (lol). You are helping me do just that and I thank you. You are a wonderful and patient teacher.
    God Bless,
    Ivy Sistrunk

    1. Ivy, you are a fighter! Great to hear that you are not giving up after all you’ve been through – impressive! What you wrote is the best thing I could hear and I’m so happy I can be a part of your re-learning process. Good luck with crocheting again!

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