Howdy folks, and how does this fine Friday find you? Well I hope 🙂 This week I have been working on my latest project….and what is that latest project I hear you ask? Well I can’t tell you 😦 But…I can tell you that it involves a lot of colour (color) changes! So I figured now would be just a super time to do a quick little post all about how to change colour when working in the round in double / single crochet. Off we go!
Sure crocheting in one colour is pretty cool, but what is life without a little variety? If one colour is awesome then two colours must be super-awesome!
Sometimes you will need to change colour at the end of a row / round, and sometimes you will need to change colour in the middle of a row / round. Either way there is one vital rule to remember when changing colour in crochet….
The Vital Rule For Changing Colour in Crochet:
Always, always, always remember that we begin the colour change in the stitch before the new colour starts. That’s the stitch before the new colour begins. So when reading a pattern it is vital to keep an eye out for upcoming colour changes, thus saving many, many tears of frustration and messy colour changes!
Whether working in the round or in rows, the technique is the same;
1. Insert your hook into the stitch before you want the new colour to start. Yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have two loops on your hook.
2. Carefully put down your working piece and pick up your new colour. Make a loop with the new yarn by pinching it between your thumb and index finger, leaving a small tail.
3. Keeping hold of the new colour loop, carefully pick your working piece back up and insert your hook through the loop of the new colour.
4. With your hook gently pull the new colour through both loops on the hook to complete the stitch. This can be a little tricky, so don’t worry if you find it difficult to start with. Practice, practice, practice makes perfect.
5. You will notice you will now have three strands of yarn attached to your work; the working yarn from the new colour, the tail of the loop you used to join the new colour yarn and the original yarn. Take the tail from the new colour and the original yarn and pull it gently so that it lies over the top of the working stitches.
6. Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw the yarn through both loops on the hook, creating a dc as usual and locking the yarn tails in place. Take your scissors and cut the original yarn colour, leaving a short tail. Continue to dc over the two yarn tails, for approx. 6 – 8 stitches. This locks in the yarn tails and tidies up the piece, eliminating the need to weave in the ends.
7. And you will end up with something like this!
And there you go, it’s pretty easy really, just keep on practicing and keep an eye out for my upcoming pattern release that will give you plenty of chances to practice!
Happy crocheting! See you next time!
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