How To Carry Yarn Step By Step Crochet Tutorial

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Learning how to change colors in your crochet projects comes with a few questions about how to deal with multiple strands of yarn. While there are different ways to handle adding a new color, in this tutorial I show you how to carry your yarn.

You can carry the old color up the side of your work and across the row of stitches. When you are changing colors frequently, as in every few stitches carrying your yarn is a great way to handle it. To minimize ends you can carry it up the side when you get to the end of the row.

Crochet bobbles in blue and beige stitches.
The Brindisi Bobble square.

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Yarn, hooks and needles on white table.

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This crochet square design features color changes throughout the row, so I carry the yarn which is the easiest way to deal with multiple strands and common in tapestry crochet. It will also get a border so carrying it up the side means those strands will get hidden.

If colorwork patterns are new to you and you need help learning how to change colors, check out this tutorial on how to seamlessly changes colors. Plus check out this post with tips on changing colors in your c2c project.

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


At least 2 yarn colors.

A crochet hook to match your yarn weight.

I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn and a 5 mm hook (US Size H-8).


(US Terms)

ch(s) – chain(s)

bo – bobble stitch

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

rep – repeat

sc – single crochet

sk-skip the indicated stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

yo – yarn over

Abbreviations For Color Changes

In written crochet patterns that use different colors each one is often assigned a letter or number.

For instance the pattern might read “Color A – Blue” and “Color B – Red.”

Another way it’s written is “Color 1 – Green” and “Color 2 – Purple.”

Some patterns with use the abbreviation “mc” or “mc yarn” for main color yarn. This is usually for designs that a lot of one color.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video on my YouTube Channel here.

Tutorial Instructions

Crochet blanket square in blue bobble stitch and beige double crochet.

How to Carry Yarn For Crochet Color Changes

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to simply carry the two yarns for crochet color changes.


  • Any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn here. I have two different colors of yarn: blue and beige.


  • Crochet hook to match your yarn, I'm using my 5mm Streamline Swirl Cafe.


  1. You'll need a row of stitches to work with. Here I'm using the Brindisi Bobble Square pattern if you'd like to try it check it out here.
  2. Work to one stitch before the color change.
  3. Start your stitch normally, but stop before the final yarn over.
  4. Drop the first color to the back of your work.
  5. Pick up the second color, yarn over and pull through to finish your current stitch.
  6. Here's how it looks in single crochet stitches: Crochet color change in aqua.
  7. Here's how it looks in half double crochet: Two side by side crochet swatches with color changes in white and aqua.
  8. And how it looks in double crochet: How to change colors in double crochet.
  9. To carry the yarn grab the first color you put at the back fo the work and place the strand across the top of the stitches you will work into next. 3 double crochets in beige and new color pulled through to change.
  10. Insert hook into the next stitch as you normally would, but also work over that strand of yarn, trapping it to the top of the stitches with each new stitch you make.
  11. This allows you to pick up the carried yarn again when you need to change to the first color again.
  12. When you want to change from the your current color to a new yarn color at the beginning or end of a row you change on the last stitch, and turn. Pull through and tighten.
  13. Here you can carry the yarn up the side of the row if you will need to change color again in the middle of a row. Now you will have the color ready for the first stitch on the next row. You can trap the yarn with your turning chain and pull it along the top of the stitches.Crochet in new color over old color.
  14. Carrying yarn up the edge of the piece can be hidden if you are adding a border. Otherwise these strands will be visible
  15. If you are done working with a color then you can cut the yarn, making sure to leave a long tail. Weave in those yarn tails at the end.

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