How to Seamlessly Change Colors in Crochet

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How seamlessly change colors

Today I want to show you how you can seamlessly change colors in crochet.

Changing yarn colors within a row can be neat and easy. The trick is to prepare for the color change while working the stitch before the one that you want to show the next color. Put another way, the new color is introduced on the final yarn over of the stitch before.

Let’s use some photos to make this easier…

For this project I have worked my round so far in a cream color and am ready to switch over to another color. For my last stitch with the cream I would start my single crochet as usual … insert hook where indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop … but for that final yarn over of my stitch I yarn over and pull the next color through the loops to complete my single crochet. Now just continue with that next color as indicated in the pattern. If you are going to be switching back to the first color after a bit, you can just carry the yarn across the row working over it with your stitches. If you are done with the first color (or if it is not used again for quite awhile), you can just fasten it off and weave it in.

How to make a seamless color change

The color change is nice and neat …

how to change colors in crochet

The same concept is also applied to taller stitches. The new color is again introduced on the final yarn over of the stitch. In this case, I have worked my round in double crochets and am at the stitch before the next color is to start. I would start my double crochet as usual … yarn over and insert where indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops … but for that final yarn over of my stitch I yarn over and pull the next color through the loops to complete my double crochet.

how to change colors in crochet

 Again, a nice and neat color change …

how to change colors in crochet

 So, what do you think? Easy peasy, right?!

20 Responses to How to Seamlessly Change Colors in Crochet

  1. Sangeetha December 10, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Lovely tutorial! 🙂

  2. Maschelle December 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I am new to this technique, and want it to work for me as well as it does for, oh, everyone else. My problem is the fact that the new color isn’t anchored securely and as I continue to crochet the initial stitch and first several in the new color work their way lose and the stitching separates. I’ve seen so many projects on video tutorials made using this technique, and it works beautifully and seamlessly for them, so I know it works. What might I be missing after the initial change to the new color? How do you anchor your yarn tails securely? Thank you for the tutorial! I love the earthy colors you are using. I have been crazy over jewel tones, but will never give up on my earth tones. All colors belong in crochet! 😀

  3. Michelle December 11, 2013 at 4:26 am #

    Maschelle, in order to ‘anchor’ your tails, take a darning needle and weave the loose tails in on the back side securely with a back stitch. What is a back stitch? It’s an embroidery stitch. No amount of crocheting over any loose tail will secure it from coming loose and unraveled. Any good crocheter or knitter knows to weave their tails in with a needle.

    • Kara December 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Thanks for responding, Michelle. That’s what I do too 🙂

  4. Rhondda Mol December 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Thanks Kara 🙂 Shared. Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  5. fariba December 13, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Thank you for the explanation ………….. 🙂

  6. Diane December 22, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Very good 🙂
    Same method to change colors that is used in Tunisian crochet. I’ve been do color changes this way for all my crochet since it works so well and cleanly in Tunisian.

    • Kara December 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks so much, Diane!

  7. Robyn January 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    I always seem to have trouble switching colours, so I’ll definitely have to give this a try. Thanks!!

  8. Kersten January 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

    I’ve seen so many tutorials for switching colors as you crochet, and this one is definitely the most helpful and definitely going on my Pinterest board! Thanks so much!

  9. Karen March 5, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    I am wondering if there is a way to change colors and not have to carry it or cut it and then pick it up the next row a few stitches over ? Do I just drop the yarn in the back and pick it up on the next row but that means the yarn will be in the front to pick it up – hard to explain :-((((

  10. Trisha June 21, 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks for this tutorial. I am in the process of crocheting a two color bag now and needed this.

  11. Alma B. August 3, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Does anyone ever tie a knot with both yarns? I’m always afraid of just weaving the loose yarn. Thanks.

    • Kara August 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

      I try to make sure to weave my ends in going back and forth in opposite directions to really lock it in place.

    • Peg August 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

      I change colors this way but cut the previous color and then tie the end of the new and the previous color in a knot and weave in the ends later. Usually you can’t tell but it depends on the yarn and the pattern of course.

  12. Janice Marple August 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    How about on the end of a row? I chnage colors as described. But I can never get a clean change of color, always one or two stitches of the other color appear.

  13. Shirley January 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    Really don’t understand without steps shown..

  14. Jewels May 27, 2017 at 8:27 am #

    thanks for the tip! I’ve featured it on my own blog Pretty In Crochet as I use this method myself 🙂

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