How to Seamlessly Change Colors When Crocheting in The Round

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When we change colors in crochet, we would always like to keep it seamless for the best finish. When working in a row, this is achieved by joining the new color when you have two loops left on your hook as shown in the tutorial here, but how do you change colors seamlessly when working in the round?

There are two ways you can do that or even three. I show you the 2 easier methods and why one is better than the other in this tutorial. A video is also provided at the end of the pattern.

Common Method of Changing Colors When Working in the Round

At the end of the round, you will pick up the new color while you slip stitch into the first stitch.

Insert your hook into the first st, yarn over the new color and pull through the stitch and the loop on your hook to complete the slip st.

Tug the previous color.

Make the turning chain in the new color joined and continue your round. Repeat the same at the end of each round.

Seamless Method of Changing Colors in Crochet Rounds

In this method, at the end of the round, slip stitch into the first stitch of the round.

Now, yarn over the new color through the loop on your hook.

Tug the previous color until that loop disappears.

Make turning chain in the new color joined and continue your round.

You can see the difference in the picture above.

Video Tutorial

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  1. February 6, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Your instructions are so-o- complete. Thanks

  2. Kara
    July 6, 2019 / 5:24 pm

    Thank you!

  3. DJ Satterfield
    October 28, 2019 / 8:56 am

    I am making a striped elf hat. Do you have a tutorial or detailed explanation on how to pick the yarn back up when changing colors back and forth in the round so I can avoid weaving in numerous tails?
    Thank you.

    • Shehnaaz
      October 30, 2019 / 9:05 am

      I am sorry, I do not have a tutorial on that.

    • Lauren
      December 10, 2019 / 8:29 am

      You crochet the other color with the current one you’re working with. Like, say you’re working with red, the green would be on the bottom like if you were working with a tail you didn’t want to be seen when you begin.

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