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The Perfect Crochet Color Change

September 30, 2013
In: Crochet
The PERFECT Crochet Color Change

I don’t know about you, but I dislike color changes in crochet-in-the-round intensely. I just hate (a strong word, I know, but still) the way the new color “bites” into the old color making a jagged and obvious border. I just HAD to find a solution to the problem.

So I huffed, and I puffed and I… No, wait. There was no actual huffing or puffing, I set my mind and crochet hook to the task, and figured it out.

I mean ugh... Look at that ugly front And the back is even worse...  It’s actually very simple.

First Round

Single crochet as instructed by your pattern. Change color in the last stitch of the round – final yarn over and pull through with the new color.

switch to the new color

Second Round

Slip stitch in back loops only for the entire round.

slip stitch in back loops only

This is how it looks when the slip stitch round is done:

slip stitch round - all done

Third Round

Single crochet in back loops only for the entire round.

single crochet in back loops only single crochet in back loops only looking good...

Fourth Round

Continue crocheting as your pattern indicates.

Isn’t that a nice, clean, straight color change?

Nice, huh? Final result.

Even the back looks nice. The “step” caused by the color change is barely visible. If you join at the end of the round (instead of the continuous rounds I used for this example) you won’t see it at all.

Regular color change compared to the perfect color change

Enjoy!

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Comments:

  1. Steph

    Thank you!!! I am so glad you shared your knowledege. This is going to come in handy for sure 🙂

  2. LUANNE LUONGO

    thank you for the post. that awesome. being an experienced crocheter color changing has always been the most frustrating. thanks again

  3. Serena

    Thank you. Wonder what it will look like if you sc in the front loop instead of back. Going to definitely try this out.

  4. Izzy

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’m excited about making tidy colour changes now, I’ve tried many ways to achieve this and yours is the only one that actually works. Thanks for the work you put into this and for putting it out there for us all to benefit from.

  5. Tara

    This is awesome! I have 2 Christmas stockings to make for my nieces (2 years overdue!!!) but my sister in law hates the colour change “bite” as well, so the stockings have been on hold because she wants stripes and I’ve been stuck. This is a wonder and a life saver! Perfect timing for seeing this pin as well, because I’m between projects so I’m going to pull out the yarn and get started right now! Thanks for figuring this out 🙂