Quick and Easy Color Change
With all of the information on colorwork this week, I thought it would be interesting to explore the technique of changing color, especially in the middle of a row. After a pleasurable 20 minutes browsing through the Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs, I fell in love with the Lotus Circle. This motif is a perfect practice for changing colors in the middle of a row or round—you will change colors 18 times per round—but is actually quite simple to work.
When working with multiple colors you can either fasten off the previous color after you have begun the new color or work over the top of the unused color. When working with only 2 colors, as I was here, I prefer to work over the top of the unused color-fewer loose ends to weave in that way. If you are working with 3 or more colors, you may want to fasten off when you would need to work over the top of more than 1 color.
Let's walk through the steps of changing colors in the middle of a row or round.
|Now drop the old color (here, it's the green); yarn over with the new color (pink) and draw through the 2 loops of the old color on your hook.|
Congratulations! You've successfully changed colors in the middle of the round. That was easier than you thought wasn't it? Tug on the now-unused yarn to tighten the stitch just a bit. Work in the new color to the next stitch before the color change and repeat the process. (For tips on preventing the yarns from twisting, see my blog.)
Now to decide what to do with my motif. I am thinking of making this motif the crown of a hat or the base of a little project bag. Do you have other suggestions? Let me know in the comments.
If you are a visual learner, check out this video by Kim Werker on changing colors or yarn in the middle of a row.