Learn How to Change Colors in One Easy Stitch
When I was first learning how to crochet, I dreaded the thought of having to join a new ball of yarn to an in-progress project, and I categorically avoided colorwork projects. The process of changing yarns was confusing and completely foreign to me.
This is one of those little tricks that seems incredibly simple to experienced crocheters but holds a certain mystique to brand new-crocheters. As a crocheter who has experienced both the confusion and the ease of joining a new yarn or changing colors, let me share with you the "secret" I learned from Interweave Crochet Winter 2008, as well as a few tips I have picked up along the way.
To seamlessly change yarn in the middle of a row or round, for both joining a new ball or changing colors:
Step 1: With the working yarn, make the next stitch until only one step remains to complete it (e.g., for double crochet: yarn over, insert hook in next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through two loops on hook; for single crochet two together-yes, you can switch yarns on increases and decreases, too: two times).
Step 2: Drop the working yarn and let it fall to the back of your work, yarn over with the new yarn and draw through the remaining loops on your hook to complete the stitch (see Figure 1).
Step 3: Continue with the yarn (see Figure 2).
You can repeat Steps 1–3 any time you want to join a new yarn or change colors in the middle of a row. If you want to change colors at the end of a row, work Steps 1–3 for the last stitch of the row, making sure to work your turning chain in the new color.
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