I’ve quickly fallen for the craft of crochet and I’m so glad that I did. Not only is it addicting, but it’s the most satisfying when you see the end result of all your hard work. What I find holding me back from trying new patterns is that I’m not confident enough to change colors at the end of a row. It seems difficult and scary and I don’t want to deal with all those lose ends and straggling pieces. Well, no more! Today is the day to try new things for me and I’m bringing you along.
How to Change Color at the End of a Row
Using single crochet can be quite easy when first learning how to change colors, but you can easily use any stitch you’d like. When you’re at the end of a row you do not want to complete that stitch. Instead, you’ll push through the stitch and yarn over, leaving two loops on the hook. You’ll then drop the first color and pick up your second color. Leave about four inches of yarn and put the yarn on the hook; pull it through the two loops of the old color that were left on the hook. You can cut the strand of yarn from the old color leaving four or so inches to work with. Pull on the two colors so they’ll adjust nicely.
Chain one with the new color and turn your work. Make sure to grab the loose ends of yarn and keep them in the back of your work. You’ll then single crochet over the ends of yarn as you carry them with throughout the row. You can then cut the remaining straggling pieces of yarn once enough of it was brought throughout the row.
Again, in the last stitch, do not finish, but yarn over, and leave two loops left on the hook to change colors again.
Any time you change color you want to work your last crochet stitch to the last two loops that are left on your hook. This applies no matter what crochet stitch you are using.
The video below shows you how to carry colors without having loose ends to weave in.
Do you have a different strategy on how to change colors? Share with us, below.