One of the most significant challenges when changing yarn colors in crochet is dealing with the multitude of yarn ends or tails that need to be woven in. It’s a task that can be time-consuming and tedious, leaving many people feeling less enthusiastic about their projects.
After all, who wants to spend hours on end just weaving in those pesky yarn ends?
Another common issue that arises is the struggle to achieve a seamless color transition without any noticeable “joint” or abrupt change in the appearance of the work. It can be frustrating to put in the effort to switch to a second color only to have it disrupt the overall aesthetic of the project.
This is where the invisible color change comes in. I will guide you through a step-by-step process with a detailed photo tutorial and an video tutorial to help you seamlessly change yarn colors while also managing those loose ends. This invisible technique can be applied to all three basic crochet stitches: the single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, and double crochet stitch.
Once you’ve checked out this quick and easy tutorial, especially for a complete beginner, you’ll discover how effortless and enjoyable it is to change yarn colors in all your crochet projects. Gone are the days of dreading the yarn-end weaving process or feeling uncertain about your next color changes.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into the tutorial. Together, we’ll conquer the challenges of changing yarn colors while keeping those loose ends in check.
How to Change Yarn Colors Video Tutorial
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How to Join Yarn Colors in Crochet
Changing yarn colors in crochet should be a simple technique that allows you to add variety and create colorful patterns in your projects. Here’s a step-by-step guide with images on how to change yarn colors while crocheting:
When the time comes to change colors, which usually occurs on the final stitch of the row, it’s important to handle that previous stitch with care and precision.
As you approach the completion of the last stitch color, make sure to work it until you reach the point just before closing it which usually happens at the end of the row or in the middle of a row.
In the example, for the first color I am using the color peach and working a half-double crochet stitch. You should have three loops remaining on the crochet hook.
TIP: The same applies to different stitches as well be it single crochet stitches and double crochet stitches as well. Before closing the last stitch, you should have 2 loops left on the hook for a Single Crochet and 3 loops on your hook for a Double crochet.
The next step is to prepare your second color and pull through all the remaining three loops on your hook. This will effectively close the previous stitch with color A (the original color) and will also secure color B ( the new yarn color) in place to begin the next stitch or row with the current color.
Next, chain 1 and then turn your work (if you are at the end of a row) to start a new row, you will want to bring up the two yarn ends of both colors and work around them while hiding them between your stitches.
And on the last step, once you have completed a row or you’ve reached the end of your project, snip off any remaining yarn poking out at the end of the stitch. If you look at the back of your work, you should only be able to see a seamless color change.
And there you go. The next time you think how exhausting it can be to change yarn color and the need to weave in the access tails, just remember these simple steps and that the need to weave in any yarn tails was a thing of the past! (Except for the foundation tail, maybe😁 )
And remember the rule of thumb is that this basic technique will work for any spiral rounds or granny squares, and with any basic stitches.
Check out this tutorial on how I crochet in the round seamless while changing colors here
Other Perfect Color Change Crochet Ideas
Rainbow Pride Crochet Bralette
This Bralette was made using all the different colors of the rainbow and I’ll show you exactly how to change yarn colors seamlessly without weaving in all loose ends in this Free Video Tutorial here.
Here is another idea for changing yarn colors using a fancy stitch instead. In this Cafe Latte Crochet Dress, I am using the Alpine Stitch, and changing yarn colors was done the same great way.
Check out the full video tutorial here or check out all the other free crochet patterns here.
That’s all from me. I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. And if you have any other tips you would like for me to share, let me know in the comment box below.
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