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{Yarn in Crochet Colowork}

We all have found some projects where color changes are required! It is OK when we have to change colors at the end of a row and continue the next row with the new color, but what happens when we have to change colors once or even more within the same row?

I'm currently working on such a project. It demands constant color changes so if I went for the traditional method, attach new color to the last unfinished sc stitch and finish the stitch with new color, then a constant cutting of yarn would be involved! Far too messy for a project like that! :(
There is also the process of carrying your yarn along and working over it, but in this case I didn't find it handy as the yellow old color was still visible beneath the new white color!
So I thought of carrying the old color yarn along at the back side as crocheting with the new color, so that it pops right out when needed! Yay! The thing is that if you do not leave enough cm or inches of the carried along yarn your project will start to lose it's shape and somehow "shrink" as the yarn tightens!
In the picture above you can see that the yellow carried along yarn has enough "space" so that my project won't lose it's shape! In this case I have pulled the yarn up a bit so that you can see what I mean!

I hope all this makes sense to you! I am also not sure if there is a term for this process! What method do you use when changing colors? Do you cut off your yarn?

8 comments

  1. I have not yet done a project switching colours mid row - but I know I will get there at some point! This looks very helpful! ~Stephanie

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  2. Nice method! It will work good if you don't have to use the wrong side and will close it with fabric. Good for purses!
    I use cut method, in the end of the row - works well for me.

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    1. Indeed,this method is mainly for those projects using the right side!

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  3. I gave up on a project that switched colours in the middle of the row recently. I couldn't find a good way to deal with all the ends, and joining the yarn made the whole thing look odd and lopsided. Perhaps I aught to take another stab at it! Eventually. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. I was in the same position, so I had to come up with something that would be easy to work with!

      It definitely needs some experimenting but it gets the job done!

      xo

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