How to Change Color in Crochet

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In today’s lesson, you’ll learn how to change color in crochet!  Our video will demonstrate changing color in crochet at the end of a row and changing the crochet color throughout a row. I’ll also demonstrate carrying the yarn throughout and dropping color and picking it back up again.

change color in crochet

Firstly, if you haven’t yet learned crochet basics I suggest you check out our learn to crochet lesson on YouTube.

Lesson #1 will teach the ultimate first step, HOW TO HOLD THE YARN AND CHAIN

Secondly, I will be using Super Bulky weight #6 yarn, and a 9mm crochet hook for my learn to crochet series, so it’s easy to follow along.  You can use any hook and yarn weight, but I feel learning with a larger hook, and weight yarn is easier. In today’s lesson, change color in crochet, we use the color Salmon and Mountie Mango.

Yarn used in video series – Sugar Bush Yarns Chill

Thirdly, We use the single crochet stitch in this lesson so if you need to, review how to single crochet (sc) in lesson #2

Lesson #2 How to Single Crochet (sc)

Fourthly, Watch Today’s Lesson How to change color in crochet on YouTube

Finally, I’ve included the written directions for you as well. This way, you’ll learn how it looks in written form as well as the video demonstration.


Contrast Color – CC

Chain – ch

Main Color – MC

Single Crochet – sc

Repeat – Rep

Right Side – RS

Stitch(es) – st (sts)

Wrong Side – WS

change color in crochet

When changing colors, work last yarn over of last stitch with next color.

Mountie Mango (MC)

Salmon (CC)

Row 1 (WS): With MC ch 11, work 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across, change to CC (drop MC don’t cut), turn—10 sts.

Row 2 (RS): Ch 1 (not included as a stitch),work 1 sc in each st across, turn—10 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across, change to MC (grab dropped yarn), turn—10 sts.

Row 4: Ch 1, work 1 sc in first st, change to CC, work 1 sc in next st, change to MC, *work 1 sc in next st, change to CC, work 1 sc in next st; rep from * across, turn—10 sts.

Rows 5-6: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across (carry MC throughout, at the end of Row 6 change to MC, drop CC and cut), turn—10 sts.

Rows 7-8: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each st across, turn—10 sts. Fasten off and weave in ends.

In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Please email with any questions or any requests you have!

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