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How to Change Colors Throughout a Row Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to change colors back and forth through a row of your crochet pattern. This tutorial demonstrates the invisible color change as you work in two colors and across two different stitches.

You can use this invisible color change when changing colors from one stitch to the next, and back. It’s an easy technique for creating clean color changes.

In the tutorial, I show you how to use the invisible color change for the bobble stitch and the double crochet stitch. You can change colors seamlessly between stitches in a row.

Crochet bobbles in blue and beige stitches.

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Yarn

I’m crocheting Red Heart With Love in teal and beige for this tutorial.

Red Heart With Love is a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. You can use any weight yarn and colors your pattern requires.

Stitch

You can apply this invisible color change to any crochet stitch you are using in your pattern.

This color changing technique is useful for a variety of crochet stitches. In this tutorial I change colors from a double crochet to a bobble stitch, and back again.

The Briones Sweater is one of my favorite sweater patterns that features bobbles. It’s a favorite stitch of mine to crochet.

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Crochet hook and swatch of bobbles with color changes in blue and beige.

Of course the easiest way to do color changes is to let yarn do the changing for you!

Shawl in a Ball yarn is gorgeous with a metallic thread running through it. I split three cakes of this self striping yarn into two designs, the California Crochet Wrap and the California Knit Wrap.

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I’ve only made one complete Tunisian crochet pattern, but this video tutorial from KnitterKnotter reminds me I want to have a go at it again!

Crochet Patterns With Color Changes

The Tuscan Charm Cowl is a chunky weight cowl pattern with color work and texture. There is also a matching hat, the Tuscan Charm Beanie that includes the same texture and stripes.


Blue and beige color changes in a crochet row.
See how nice and clean the color changes are in this row.

In this swatch I use a foundation single crochet which makes a nice edge for the start of your pattern.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn and compatible crochet hook.
  • In this tutorial I’m using two contrasting colors of #4 medium worsted weight yarn and a 5mm US size H crochet hook.

Notes

  1. In this tutorial I change colors for the double crochet and the bobble stitch.
  2. You can apply this technique to any stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch(s)-chain(s)

bo-bobble stitch: yarn over, insert hook into stitch to be worked, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over & pull through two loops; working into the same stitch repeat 4 more times; you will have 6 loops on the hook, yarn over & pull through all of them.

dc-double crochet

rep-repeat

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

yo-yarn over

Tutorial

Abbreviations used in this video.
1
For a step by step tutorial on changing colors at the end of a row check out the linked video.
2
Carry your yarn across the row by crocheting your stitches over it.
3
On the last stitch before the color change, begin your stitch normally.
4
Drop your first color and yarn over in the next color and finish your stitch.
5
Begin the next stitch with the new color, working over the first color.
6
Here I crochet a bobble: yo, insert hook in st, yo + pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops.
7
I repeat Step 7 until I have 6 loops on my hook.
8
Now drop the first color, pick up the next color, yo and pull through.
9
Now continue in the new color, working over the first yarn to carry it with you.
10
Work your stitches until the next color change.
11
How our color changes look from the front.
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