Changing Colour Tutorial for any Crochet Project or Stitch

How to Change Colour in any Crochet Project

Interested in learning how to change colour in crochet? You’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to change colour at any time throughout a crochet project. Whether you need to add a new skein onto your project, change colour at the end or mid-way through a row / round, the technique is the same!

This technique can used to…

  • Change colour at the end of a row
  • Change colour at the end of a round
  • Change colour in the middle of a row or round
  • Add a new skein onto your project (when you run out of your current skein)
  • Change colour when working ANY stitch

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How to Change Colour in any crochet project or stitch

How to Change Colour:

Changing colour is a lot easier than you think. No matter what situation you run into, the technique is always the same! The colour change happens in the final yarn over (YO) of your current stitch. Before completing the final YO, drop the current colour, pick up the new colour with your hook, YO, and pull through the remaining loops on the hook to complete the stitch. This is an invisible colour change!

Final Steps to Make the Colour Change Secure:

At this point, you can either crochet over top of the old colour (to carry the yarn through the row/rnd), or leave it hanging from your work. After you complete your project, make sure to weave in both ends securely by weaving the tail through a few stitches, making a knot, and weaving it through a few more stitches. Trim the tail!

Colour Changing Tutorials for 6 Different Stitches:

Let’s look at a few examples of how to change colour with different stitches. There are photo tutorials and instructions below for the following stitches: slip stitch join, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, puff stitch, and bobble stitch. I hope this helps you confidently change colour when working any stitch!

Single Crochet Colour Change:

To make a single crochet colour change…

  • With your current colour (grey), insert the hook into the stitch or space. Yarn over (YO) and draw up a loop – there should be 2 loops on the hook.
  • Drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 1)
  • Pick up the new colour (purple) and YO. (Picture 1)
  • Pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook, to complete the single crochet! (Picture 2)

You’ve made a single crochet invisible colour change!

Single Crochet Invisible Colour Change

Half Double Crochet Colour Change:

To make a half double crochet colour change…

  • With your current colour (orange), yarn over (YO), insert the hook into the stitch or space. YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook.
  • Drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 1)
  • Pick up the new colour (grey) and YO. (Picture 2)
  • Pull through the remaining 3 loops on the hook, to complete the half double crochet stitch. (Picture 3)

You’ve made a half double crochet invisible colour change!

Double Crochet Colour Change:

To make a double crochet colour change…

  • With your current colour (orange), yarn over (YO), insert the hook into the stitch or space. YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook. (Picture 1)
  • YO and pull through the first 2 loops – there should be 2 loops remaining on the hook. (Picture 2)
  • Drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 2)
  • Pick up the new colour (blue) and YO. (Picture 3)
  • Pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook, to complete the double crochet stitch. (Picture 4)

You’ve made a double crochet invisible colour change!

How to Change Colour at the End of a Double Crochet Row

Puff Stitch Colour Change:

To make a puff stitch colour change…

  • With your current colour (green), yarn over (YO), insert the hook into the stitch or space. YO and draw up a loop – there should be 3 loops on the hook.
  • Repeat this 3 more times in the same stitch – there should be 9 loops on the hook. (Picture 1)
  • YO and pull through the first 8 loops on the hook – there should be 2 loops remaining on the hook. (Picture 2 & 3)
  • Drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 3)
  • Pick up the new colour (white) and YO. (Picture 4)
  • Pull through the remaining 2 loops on the hook, to complete the puff stitch. (Picture 5)

You’ve made a puff stitch crochet invisible colour change!

How to Change Colour at the End of a Puff Stitch Row

Bobble Stitch Colour Change:

To make a bobble stitch colour change…

  • With your current colour (pink), make a bobble stitch according to the pattern you’re following.
  • Before the final YO, drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 1)
  • Pick up the new colour (white) and YO. (Picture 1)
  • Pull through every loop on the hook to complete the bobble stitch. (Picture 2)

You’ve made a bobble stitch crochet invisible colour change!

How to Change Colour at the End of a Bobble Stitch Row

Slip Stitch Colour Change at the End of a Round:

To make a colour change at the end of the round, we are going to change colour during the slip stitch join.

  • With your current colour (yellow), complete the round as instructed. (Picture 1)
  • At the end of the round, insert the hook into the first stitch of the round to join/close. (Picture 2)
  • Drop the current colour to the back of your work. (Picture 2)
  • Pick up the new colour (white) and YO. (Picture 2)
  • Pull through the stitch, and the loop on the hook, to complete the slip stitch join. (Picture 3)

You’ve made an invisible slip stitch colour change at the end of the round!

How to Change Colour at the End of a Round in Crochet

The Key To Changing Colour:

Remember that the key to changing colour at any time in your crochet project, when working any stitch, is to drop your current colour before the final YO, YO with the new colour, and pull it through the remaining loops on the hook!

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How to Change Colour in any crochet project or stitch

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Have a wonderful day, and happy crocheting!

Love, Dayna

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