Beginning the Work With Color A
I've worked a couple rows of single crochet in baby pink yarn, which we'll call color A. I'm going to change colors to begin the next row with baby blue, which we'll call color B.
To begin the process of changing colors, work as far as the last single crochet stitch in the row, but leave the last single crochet stitch unfinished as shown.
Preparing to Change Colors
Completing the Color Change
Pull up a loop with color B.
You might have to tug gently on the yarn end of color A to keep the color A loops from getting too big.
To Cut, or Not to Cut
Cutting the Yarn and Weaving in the Ends
If you don't plan to use color A again within the next few rows, cut color A, leaving a long tail of yarn - at least six inches or so. You will have to weave this end in later.
Cutting the Yarn and Crocheting Over the Ends
Alternatively, in some cases, you may be able to work overtop of the end.
This is not as secure a method as weaving in the ends, particularly not if you crochet loosely or if you are working in a lacy stitch pattern. The main advantage is that it's quicker than weaving in ends. Use this method for projects that won't be laundered frequently - for example, doll clothes. This technique works best if there is not a lot of contrast between your colors.
Changing Colors in the Middle of a Row
OK, so that's how to change colors at the end of a row. What about changing colors in the middle of a row?
To change colors in the middle of a row, you need to know the same basic procedure as outlined above, but there are some additional challenges.
There are different approaches to mid-row color changes, but my favorite technique for that is tapestry crochet. I've posted a separate tapestry crochet tutorial where I demonstrate the technique and give you the lowdown on what you need to know about it.
We also make a variety of free tapestry crochet patterns available for you.