Colour Switch

Here’s a little something I’ve been practising:

Changing yarns in a crochet project.

The thought of switching yarns in the middle of a row or even at the end/beginning used to make me cringe and I would quickly look for a pattern that didn’t involve that. Or I would just not switch colours and not get the proper effect for the pattern.

But lately I’ve been exploring crochet techniques, like the one just mentioned. It started with this ripple afghan pattern I found:

I haven’t finished the afghan yet but after doing several yarn changes I scoff at my previous feelings toward this technique. I’m so into yarn changes now that I decided to make something that involved at least one colour switch.

One of my concerns used to be the initial change – introducing the new yarn while making sure it stayed and the other stitches didn’t unravel. I used to simply insert my hook into the next stitch, yarn over the new yarn, and pull through into a single crochet, for example. Doing it this way frustrated me because the yarn always slipped out.

But now, I make a loop first with the new yarn so it has a knot and then I pull it through the two loops (in the case of a single crochet) in the last stitch of the previous row.

Don’t let the fear of switching yarns keep you from trying out interesting patterns. It gets easier, especially after you’ve made several bowling pins.

9 thoughts on “Colour Switch

  1. Oh wow so glad I found you! This is so much easier than the way I’ve been doing it! Thanks so much!! 🙂

    1. Aww! Well I’m glad I was able to help out 🙂 Believe me, all these years I was doing it in such a way that it frustrated me to no end haha.

      1. I know!!!! I am still very new to crocheting and have been learning via Youtube vids. But I know that sometimes when I change colors, I end up adding or subtracting stitches and my blanket gets crooked making me having to start from scratch all over again. But I’m very happy to report that I finally made a gigantic blanket (big enough to cover a twin size bed) with various colors and even amount of stitches throughout lol 🙂

        1. Big enough for a twin size bed?! That’s awesome! I still have to do that – I made a blanket but it’s made out of separate squares and no yarn switching. Next I’ll have to try a blanket with various colours 🙂

          1. Oooh I want to make a granny square blanket!!!! I know it’s the first thing a beginner crocheter learns but I never did learn how crochet granny squares, sigh. My blanket was nothing how rows upon rows of single crochets in various colors. It was my summer project and I’m soooo happy it’s over with! My hand would cramp after a few hours of crocheting lol 🙂

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