Friday, August 15, 2014

Crochet Tip: Easy Color Change

I am working on writing a new pattern, and I'm pretty excited about it. It is more complicated than most of the stuff I do. It involves multiple balls of yarn all being worked at the same time, chainless foundation, chainless extensions, and color changes.

To help get people ready to use the pattern, I am going to write tutorials on these techniques. Today I am writing about easy color changes.

This is something that is really easy to do, and there are many ways to do it.

Easy Crochet Color Change

Color changing is not hard, and it is a pretty standard thing in a lot of patterns. Those who have crochet for a while can do it with no problems, but this can be daunting for someone still learning. Most patterns don't really explain this step ether. 

So this is what I learned through trial and error. 

Start your stitch like you normally would in the first color. In this tutorial I am using double crochet but really it would work with any stitch.

Halfway through loop the second color on the hook.

Finish the stitch! The first color is still on top and the second color is ready to continue.

If you are continuing from a previous row, you may end up with some yarn being stretched across. This is very easy to cover up to make a nice seamless color change.

Make sure you do not pull the new color too tight or it will bunch up your project. Lay the extra thread as close as you can to the top of the stitches. Watch that the hook goes under the extra thread so you can stitch over it.

Keep on stitching with your new color covering up any ends or extra thread as you go!

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