Curious how to change colors in crochet projects? Or need start a new piece of yarn mid-row? I actually use the same technique. It’s easy, the join is seamless, and the color is right every time! Not only that but it also works on any stitch type.
This is technically a left handed walk through because I am a lefty, but just pretend the hook is on the other side of the work and you’ve got it for a right handed crocheter too!
This is an easy picture walk through of how to change color, and I’ll explain for each stitch in case it’s not super clear! Starting with single crochet, then half double crochet, and double crochet, and ending with a chain. If you’re doing a triple crochet or something else, it’ll follow the same pattern as double crochet.
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Because US and UK have different crochet terms, I’ll write both in each title so you can see which to work on. Example: “Change in SC US (UK DC) means the stitch is the single crochet in US terminology and double crochet in UK terminology.
Key Points For How To Change Colors In Crochet
There are a few key points with changing co or starting a new ball of yarn that’s the same for all of these stitches. These include:
Make sure you are leaving a long enough tail on both ends of yarn to tie them off and weave in the ends. When tying these off, don’t pull too tightly. Try to keep the loops about the same as all of the other stitches around it. If not, you might get a weird pinched together look (if too tight) or it will be too open (if too loose)
Except for changing color in a chain, change the color the stitch RIGHT BEFORE the color change occurs. This way the bar of the stitch will be right for the next stich.
Example: If the pattern wants the 12th single crochet to be a different color than the 11th, do this method of changing color at the end of the 11th stitch, so the 12th stitch is the right color! Otherwise you’ll be off by one every time, and can mess up the pattern.
If this is just one color change, cut off the first color with a decent length tail. If continuing to change the color, don’t cut the yarn.
When weaving in the ends, weave in each color with it’s respective color in your crocheted piece!
Change in SC (UK DC)
Change in HDC (UK HTR)
This method is almost the exact same as changing colors in a single crochet stitch, except you have another loop on the hook!
Change in DC (UK TR)
If doing a triple crochet or something where you have more than one pass through of yarn, repeat this step until you have 2 loops remaining on the crochet hook.
How To Change Colors In Crochet With a Chain
This is good if you’re changing colors between rows or happen to be doing moss stitch, or if you just need to change color on a chain for any reason!
When you’re changing colors in a chain, this is about the only time you will want to pull the original color tight.
At the end of all of these, pull the yarn semi-tight to match the tightness of the stitches around it. If you’re just changing the color once or a new ball of yarn, tie the two ends together and leave some length for weaving it in.
If you’re going to keep using the yarn the next row or near where you just changed the color (ex: moss stitch beanie), just leave it for now on the back side of the project and use it in the next row. The key point is to make sure it can’t unravel; whether you tie it in a knot or use it in the next row; either will be fine!
I hope this helps you figure out how to change colors in crochet! Keep in mind you can also do this to start a new ball of yarn mid-row.