Changing colors in crochet can be a bit tricky at first, but once you understand how stitches are crocheted it’s super easy to make color changes that are clean looking.
No matter what stitch you’re crocheting, when you have the one loop on the hook and are either about to insert the hook into the next stitch or yarn over, that first loop is your top loop in your stitch. So every time you complete a stitch by pulling the yarn through your loop(s) on the hook, that yarn you’re pulling through is actually the beginning of the next stitch. Make sense? I’ve got pictures to help explain below!
Changing Colors in Crochet
To change colors while crocheting you want to pull your new color through the loops on the hook as you complete a stitch (no matter what stitch you’re doing). For example, if you’re doing single crochet when you get to the last stitch for the first color: insert hook into the stitch and pull yarn through, then drop that first color from your hand and pick up the second color and pull it through the two loops on the hook.
For double crochet: yarn over, insert into next stitch and pull yarn through, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook, drop first color and pick up second color, yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
Carrying Yarn Along
Depending on the pattern you may need to carry the first color along as you crochet with the second color. You usually do this when you are turning rows or rounds and you can pick the color up on the next row or round and continue without cutting the yarn and restarting the color changing process and weaving in a bunch of ends!
Speaking of weaving in a bunch of ends, I also use this technique to weave in ends as I change colors anyway, so I don’t have to weave them all in at the end!
If your color changes don’t quite line up in your rows or rounds, you still don’t have to worry about cutting the yarn to start somewhere else. Unless your changes are like more than five stitches apart.
It’s up to you ultimately how far you want to carry yarn colors, and I’ll show you how to hide the “tail” of the yarn of you stretch it to reach a couple of stitches over.