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How to Change Colors at the End of a Row Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to change colors at the end of a row in your crochet project. This tutorial demonstrates the invisible color change, how to end and how to start a row in a new color.

You can use this invisible color change on many crochet stitches. Changing colors at the end of a row is a little different than the middle of the row.

When you’re at the end of a crochet row, the stitches tend to be looser since they’re not in between others. In the tutorial, I show you how I use the yarn tails to tighten those stitches up.

Crochet square with blue and beige color changes.

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I’m crocheting with two contrasting colors of 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 your pattern specifies.


This color changing technique is useful for a variety of crochet stitches. I use the single crochet and double crochet here.

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

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Crochet color changes on a square.

Of course the easiest way to do color changes is to let yarn do the changing for you! I love this shawl pattern from Elk Studio Handcrafted Crochet Designs.

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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Crochet Patterns With Color Changes

The Verso Scarf features contrasting stripes that will give you some great practice with this color changing method.

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.

This classic chevron baby blanket uses small and large stripe sections, so you’ll use color changes at different intervals.

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.


  • 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.


  1. In this tutorial I end with a single crochet and start the new row with a standing stitch for a double crochet.
  2. You can apply this technique to any stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)


dc-double crochet


sk-skip the indicated stitch


yo-yarn over


Work to 1 stitch left.
Begin stitch as normal, but stop before last yarn over.
Drop current color yarn + pick up second color.
In new color yo + pull through to finish stitch.
Gently pull first color to tighten stitch and turn your work.
Pull first color over stitch and to the back of your work.
Work into the first stitch as normal, crocheting over the first color yarn.
Continue working stitches across the row, either working over the first color yarn, or cut it and weave it in at the end.
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