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Color change in crochet?

Hi all, I am brand new to Crocheting, trying to teach myself. I am working on a pillow pattern that has contrasting color blocks and cannot for the life of me understand the color change process. Every instruction I have read indicates to carry the yarn over on the wrong side. I get that concept but can't understand how to do that when I am working with the wrong side facing me. How do I get the yarn neatly to the wrong side when it falls to the back? I hope this question makes sense, I have redone these rows about 5 times trying to figure this out and it just isn't working for me :-) Video might be nice!


Hi Demarskda, You may want to try YouTube.com. or Wonderhowto.com. or Videojug.com. When you get to the site, use the search feature and ask your question about changing color. I hope these sites work for you, I have used YouTube and it has been very helpful. Good luck....All the best, Jane

When I do color changes in crochet, what I do is crochet over the yarn color I am not using so that it gets covered up with my new stitches but is available to me when I need to pick it up.

For example, suppose I am crocheting over the tops of sc stitches. I will make sure that the color I am not using is on top of the sc stitch, insert my hook into that stitch, pull my yarn through and then make sure the strand of the unused color is caught between the loop on my hook and the strand of yarn at the back of my work then I complete my stitch trapping that strand of my unused color inside the new stitch.

I generally do what KT does. It's neat for one thing and makes the back of the work look more like the front. It's great for things that reverse like scarves.

The drawback is with colors that are in great contrast because the yarn that lies inside the stitch can peek through the work. If it is important to have really solid blocks of color, you want to strand the work across the back. Also, if you work over the color each row will be a little higher than it would be if you stranded and that might throw your gauge off.

Still I prefer this method and adapt the gauge and my own color perception to it. For KT and me it's a good trade-off.