Earning Your Stripes: A Color Change Tutorialcomments (2) April 7th, 2008
Today’s post is a mini tutorial about changing colors in crochet. When I first started crocheting I would change colors starting with the stitch that I wanted to be the new color, and it never worked out quite right. Then I came to the realization that you had to change colors before you made the next stitch, since the top loop of the 2nd color stitch is really the last loop pulled through your last 1st color stitch. Tongue tied? Here are some photos to illustrate!
Complete the single crochet color change as follows: Insert your hook through the stitch, pull up a loop. Then close the stitch with a loop from the new color of yarn (red, in this case). Here I am changing colors at the end of a row. As shown, I pulled the last loop through with red yarn, then made my turning chain (chain 1). I can continue down the row in my new color.
Half Double Crochet
For the half double: Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, draw up a loop. Then draw up the red yarn loop through all stitches (one hdc made).
Continue crocheting across the row. You can change colors anywhere you like—it doesn’t necessarily have to be at the end of a row.
For the double crochet color change: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Pull up a loop, yarn over, pull loop through first 2 loops on hook. Yarn over with red yarn, pull through remaining 2 loops on hook.
If at the end of the row, make your turning chain (ch 3) and proceed.
If your pattern happens to use stitch clusters or lace patterns, the same rules apply: just make the last loop of the last stitch in the new color of yarn. To change colors when working in the round, change on the last loop, then join the round with the new yarn as well. Here’s a quick and simple double crochet hat pattern if you’d like to try striping in the round.
It’s that easy. Now you can add stripes to any pattern—from scarves to purses, or even vests and sweaters that you want to make more colorful. Striping is a great way to use up yarn from your stash—if you vary the height of the striped row and frequency of each color, almost anything will go together. Have fun!