Joining Yarn or Changing Colors – Crochet Basics

As you continue on with your crochet journey, you will come across the need to add yarn to your project. You may just need to move on to the next ball of yarn when the first one runs out, or add colors.

It’s actually pretty simple to do, and if you can follow this technique, you won’t need to weave ends in when you’re finished.

Step One
Leave a tail of a few inches long of your old yarn. If you’re moving to another ball of yarn the same color, work until there are only a few inches of yarn left. Otherwise, snip the yarn.

I’m using that dress from the last entry as an example.

Step Two
Insert the crochet hook into the stitch after the one you left off on, and loop the new yarn over the hook. Make sure to leave a tail about an inch or two long of the new yarn not leading to the ball.


Step Three
Draw the loop through, as if you’re just creating another stitch. As you do so, keep the tails draped along the edge of the project, so they remain between the yarn coming out of the back, and the hook in front.

Step Four
Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull that loop through.

Step Five
Still keeping the tails draped along the edge of your project, complete the first stitch as you normally would.

There’s your first stitch! Continue crocheting as usual, but keep the yarn tails draped along the edge of your project as you go. You’ll be securing them in place, while hiding them from view when you crochet around them like this.

If you’d like, you can snip them after about five stitches, but I usually choose to continue the project until they’re completely hidden.

Frayed ends might show up between stitches, but if you just stretch the fabric, they should vanish for you.

The new color has been added.

Although I just used a single stitch for this example, you can use this technique on any kind of stitch.

As always, if you follow a different technique, feel free to let me know! I’m always willing to try new ways of doing things.

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