Changing Colors in Crochet on B.Hooked TV

In this episode of B.Hooked TV you’ll learn my most trusted method of changing colors in crochet, a technique also used for adding a new ball of yarn to your project. 

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Yarn used in this episode | Red Heart Super Saver Chunky

Hook used in this episode | 8 mm Clover Amour

hosted by Brittany

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Episode Transcript

(Brittany  0:08)  Hey there and welcome to B.Hooked TV. I’m your host Brittany and I am here for one reason and one reason only. And that is to help you turn yarn into anything you want. For you that could be a hobby, and it could be more, it could be a lifestyle. Either way B.Hooked TV is your new weekly show that’s dedicated to helping you get better at your craft. Now don’t worry the same B.Hooked Crochet tutorials you know and love will continue to air. This is going to be in addition to those free patterns and tutorials that you’ve seen in the past. Here on B.Hooked TV, we’ll talk about all sorts of things that can help you get better at your craft. Sometimes we’ll talk about crochet techniques and tips. Sometimes we’ll talk about knitting techniques and tips. Sometimes we’ll talk about being more productive and organizing our projects. You never know what we might See here on B.Hooked TV, as long as I know that you’re interested and that you want to get better at a particular topic that’s what the show is all about. Now, before we move on to today’s episode, please go ahead and subscribe to the show and hit that notification bell. That way you’ll know as soon as a new episode is published, and by the way, I publish a new episode every single week, and I would love to see you back for the next one. Alright, now that you’re subscribed, let’s get into today’s episode.

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(Brittany  1:29)  One of my biggest struggles with working through colored projects was knowing exactly how to change colors. Now, it seems pretty intuitive, right? It seems simple and easy. You just add a new ball of yarn with the new color. But I started thinking well, what if I’m not doing it right? Is this thing going to come apart or is there a certain way that you have to change colors? Well, those are the questions I want to answer in today’s show. And I’m really excited to get there. Alright, so I have made my fair share of faux pas when it comes to either changing colors or adding in that new ball of yarn, we’re kind of grouping that into this episode because the technique is basically the same. Well throughout those trial and errors, I found one way that I really, really love to use, and I use it consistently. Once I figured it out, this is the only method I use to change a new color or to add in a new ball of yarn. So first step, let’s look at the method of changing a color or adding in a new ball of yarn when you’re in the middle of your row or your round.

(Brittany  2:34) Okay, so let’s pretend that this is my project, even though it’s a little swatch and the next thing I want to do is change colors. Well, when you get to the point where you want to change color, you basically want to stop one stitch before just to sort of collect yourself. So you’ll go ahead and work the next stitch, almost as normal. So I’m working with single crochets I will yarn over and pull up a loop. But then I’ll stop there. Then you’ll grab your second color. And I like to create a slip knot here, this just make sure it’s a little extra secure. And then I’ll place that loop on my hook. And I’m also securing my first color here in the background, because it’s still loose. And then I’ll just pull through both of those loops.

(Brittany  3:26)  So I’ve completed that last stitch with the first color. And now I have the new color on my hook, and I’m ready to start working. So I would just continue on with a single crochet and continue the work is normal. Now you can see this little bump here from the slip knot. And for me that doesn’t bother me once you work over it, you can’t see it. However, you don’t have to do the slip knot if you don’t want to.

(Brittany  3:51)  So then what I like to do is tidy things up in the background. So I’ll take my tail for my new color and then my First color, and I just tie a knot. And I’m not actually keeping the knot here. I’m just doing so that it’s nice and secure.

(Brittany  4:09)  So that’s how you work the color transition in a single crochet. And you might find yourself wondering, well, how would I do this if I’m working a different stitch? Well, there’s the same rule of thumb no matter what stitch you’re working, and that’s what I want to show you. So let’s just go ahead and make a double crochet stitch. And we’ll just pretend that my project here is worked in double crochet or just the stitch that I’m currently working right now is a double crochet. Just like before, I will stop one stitch before, I want to make that transition. And that’s the most important here in the middle of your row or your round, because you want to have a clean transition from one color to the next. So I want this stitch to be gray. And I want this stitch to be gray. But let’s say I want this one to be that green color.

(Brittany  4:58)  So I’ll work part of my double crochet. I’ll yarn over is normal. Then I will pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two. And when I get to the point where I have two loops remaining or in other words when I have to yarn over and pull through to for the last time to finish the stitch, that’s where the color transition occurs.

(Brittany  5:20)  So we can just lay this here, I showed you how to do it with a slipknot before. Let’s look at how it looks when you don’t do a slipknot. You’ll just leave yourself a nice long tail folded over, place the loop on your hook and you’ll pull through those last two stitches. That’ll finish this double crochet and it has this one almost ready to go. But because we didn’t do that slip knot, we really do need to secure it here to the background to our first color. I’ll do so once again with a knot and I’ll be sure to weave this in really well so that things don’t come out in the future. Then you could continue on as normal. But as we finish these two, you see how I’ve got a very clear distinct color transition from one stitch to the next.

(Brittany  6:07)  That’s not too bad, right? That is the single most used method in my repertoire of crochet techniques. I use it all the time. So keep that in mind as we move into the next technique. So next we’ll look at how to change colors at the end of a row. Even though we’re doing it in a different place and it feels a little different. We’re basically doing the same thing.

(Brittany  6:31) Now with the end of my row, I want to start working with my first color that gray color after I finish this row, so I have one stitch to be worked. So you’ll pick up your next color or your first color, whichever you prefer. I’m going to do the slip knot here. And by the way, I’m using Red Heart Super Saver Chunky today for this demonstration. I’ll place that new loop on my hook, pull it through those next two loops and tidy things up here on the back.

(Brittany  7:18)  Now we can see our last stitch of the row is worked in our previous color, which is exactly what I wanted. And the next row I’m set up and ready to work my next color. So I’m working with half double crochets. Now just so you can see how that one looks because it is just a tiny bit different. So again, I want my final stitch to be in this gray color but I want the color transition to happen at the very next row. So the very first stitch, I want to be my next color. To work the half double crochet all yarn over, insert my hook into the next stitch, pull up a loop and the last motion in the half double crochet stitch is to yarn over pull through all three. My rule of thumb says I need to just leave out that last motion and use my new color for that one. So I’ll lay my work down. I’ll grab my color here once again, and work my slip] knot, place that on your hook, and then pull through all three or basically finish that last motion of the stitch. And I’m ready to go. Now of course I want to tidy things up so I will fasten offand then I’m ready to work my next row.

(Brittany  8:42)  So there you have it. That is my tried and true method for changing colors or adding in a new ball of yarn in the middle of my row or round and at the end of my row around. I am certain that if you use this technique throughout your projects, not only will you have a clean transition from either one stitch to the next or one row or round to the next. But you’ll also have a project that you’re certain is not going to fall apart. That was my biggest hang up with changing colors or adding a new ball of yarn and the project. I didn’t know if I was doing it right, and therefore I didn’t know if it would fall apart. Well, I have made hundreds, okay, maybe not hundreds, dozens of projects, where I’m changing colors, adding a new balls of yarn with this exact method. None of them have fallen apart. So I’m confident in it but there are other ways out there. 

(Brittany  9:45)  That’ll wrap up this episode of B.Hooked TV. Thank you so much for your time and attention today. And please do go ahead and subscribe to the show that way you never miss a single episode. And one more thing I would ask of you is for your feedback. Now, this is something new. Obviously, if you’ve been around this channel for a while, you know this isn’t your typical type of video that you see for me. I’m trying new things and trying to grow and expand all in the effort to just give you what you want to help you in the areas that you need help with. So first off, if you loved this video, give me a thumbs up, go ahead and hit that button. I hate asking for that. But really, it is the only way that I know if you love to this video or if you didn’t love this video. If there are a lot of thumbs up, that tells me that a lot of people liked this video. If there aren’t, then maybe we won’t do something like this particular episode in the future. Another way you can let me know about what you want is to just tell me in the comments section. So just scroll down. Leave your comments, give me some ideas for future episodes. Like I said, I’m here to serve you and I want to give you the episodes that you need. I want to give you the lessons that you need to help you get better at your craft. That’s the goal here for B.Hooked TV. That is my main purpose for being here today. So help me out with that, leave a comment, hit the like button and please do subscribe to the show. It was a joy bringing you this episode of B.Hooked TV. I hope you loved it and I hope I will see you here for the next one.

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