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Changing Colors in Crochet: Middle of a Row

Updated April 17, 2020
Changing Colors in Crochet Middle of a Row
Changing Colors in Crochet Middle of a Row

As you're crocheting a project, it's likely that you'll want to switch colors throughout to give your end result a little variety. The question remains, though, how do you switch colors? There are actually a few methods out there for changing color, but here's one of our favorites, presented by Chris Hammond. It's easy and there are no knots involved! Watch the video above, and check out our written instructions below.


Crochet HookH/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet GaugeGauge is not critical for this project

Materials List

  • Two different colors of yarn to practice: we suggest solid colors and worsted weight yarn
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Scissors

Changing Colors in the Middle of a Row

  1. The easiest way to change colors is by doing so at the end of one stitch, right before you want the next stitch in a new color.

  2. You're going to finish your stitch (any stitch, doesn't matter) up until the last yarn over. 2 loops should be left on your hook.

  3. When you get there, pick up the new color (leave a tail for weaving in later) and finish that last yarn over with both colors. Treat these two different color loops as one "stitch".

  4. Then drop the old color and just continue on with the new color. You'll still have two colors left on the last loop of your hook. Be sure to pull your new color all the way through those two loops at the end to lock the old yarn in place.

  5. If the loop used to join the new color (the purple loop in the image below) is a bit loose, simply tug on the purple yarn tail and that should tighten it up. Weave in ends.

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Awesome, I've been crocheting what seems like all of my life, and I didn't know how to change colors in the middle of a row. Thank you so much for your video.

I do have a concern with not tying off the colors at change over. What keeps the colors from coming unraveled later on at your switching points?


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