Changing colour in your crochet projects can add a whole new dimension to your work. It may be for striped colour work, where you only change colour once at the end of the row, or when following a chart using tapestry crochet, where you have to change colour multiple times in one row. That is what I’m going to show you today, how to seamlessly change colour with an easy technique that will give your project a neat and tidy look, while also controlling all of the different colours.
Colour changing is used in many projects, blankets, cushions, garments, accessories & bags; either when creating stripes or following a chart.
Deramores Studio DK
Blue Velvet, Rose, Rosé, Light Pink and Tea Green.
Tutorial is written in UK Terms
HTR – Half Treble Crochet - yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, (three loops on hook), yarn over pull through all three loops on your hook. (US ~ Half Double Crochet /HDC)
For this tutorial we will be showing you how to change colour and control multiple colours, on a swatch that we have already worked up using HTR - Half Treble Crochet.
The Pattern we are demonstrating from is the ‘For Mum Crochet CAL’ available on the Deramores website, it uses Deramores Studio DK yarn, a 4mm crochet hook, & the main blanket is worked in HTR.
Here is a picture of the chart for this particular pattern ‘For Mum CAL’
We zoomed in on the first section, to make the squares a little easier to see.
Controlling multiple colours
Before we begin, we want to show you some examples of how you can control multiple colours within a project. On a small project you may be OK to have an entire ball of yarn for each colour and simple untangle at the end of each row (your balls will get tangled!). For a project the size of this blanket, then you’ll appreciate a little help controlling the colours, I’m sure.
The first option is to make a cardboard cut out of a ‘timer’ and add a slit on one end, thread the end of yarn through and wind the yarn around the homemade bobbin, about 15/20g should be enough, depending on how much of this colour you need in a particular area.
You could use a peg, this option works well too as even after wrapping yarn around the peg you can still squeeze open the peg and grab hold of the end to keep it from un-ravelling.
Or lastly you could use an organza bag to hold the yarn, simply wrap some yarn around your fingers & pop it inside the bag to keep it safe.
Carrying the yarn
With tapestry crochet you need to carry the yarn, this means you bring any unused yarn with you & encase it inside the stitch, you crochet over it, until you need that colour again.
To change colour, you always change the colour on the last stage of the previous stitch. In this pattern we are using HTR stitches, so the last stage is the last yarn over before pulling through all three loops.
So to work your stitch prior to the colour change you…… remember to carry the unused yarn.
(We have already worked the 1st regular HTR on the chart) let’s move on to the second stitch.
Step 1: (Using the blue yarn) yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, now STOP.
Step 2: Drop the blue, pick up the light pink yarn, yarn over & pull through all three loops with the light pink yarn.
This is the back of the work, see there are no yarn ends, as you’ve carried them inside the stitch.
Make 2 regular HTR in the light pink (before you change colour on the 3rd)
Make the 3rd HTR as per step 1 & 2, changing colour to the dark pink.
Make a regular HTR in the dark pink.
Make 3 more regular HTR stitches.
Don’t forget to keep pulling on the carried yarn, check the back to make sure there aren’t any lumps.
Whilst you’ve stopped, make sure that your yarn bobbins aren’t tangled.
Make the 4th HTR as per Step 1 & 2, changing colour to the light pink.
As there is only one square of light pink, you don’t make a regular HTR, you need to follow steps 1 & 2 again, changing colour to the blue.
There is only one square of blue, so again simply follow steps 1 & 2 again, changing colour to the dark pink.
Below is a picture showing a few more stitches worked.