How to make an invisible color change – crochet tutorial

I don’t know about you, but I really dislike visible color changes. Many crochet projects require color changes, including some of my designs. This hat with little hearts for example. Each heart is 1 color change. I was never really satisfied with the color changes as they were very visible and prominent. Luckily there is a method to make an invisible color change. In short, an invisible color change is made while finishing the last stitch before the new color. Below you can find my photo and video tutorial.

Crochet invisible color changes - free tutorial

Invisible color changes when crocheting stripes

But that’s not all! When making stripes or working in the round, there will still be a clearly visible edge. There is one more trick to make an invisible color change even more invisible. Replace the first stitch of the new color with a slip stitch which is pulled very tight. After the slip stitch, make a chain which is quite loose. The slip stitch will be ignored in the next round and the chain counts as your first stitch. Now continue working normal single crochet stitches. In the next round, skip the slip stitch and work your first stitch in the chain. It’s highly advised to use a stitch marker so you won’t miss any stitches.

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How to make an invisible color change crocheting in the round

Yarn: fingering weight

Hook size: 4mm

ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
st: stitch


With color 1, make a slip knot.

Ch 20, sl st in 1st ch to close the round. Make sure it’s not twisted.

Round 1: 1 sc in each ch (20)

Round 2 – 3: 1 sc in each st (20)

Make the last stitch of round 3 as following:

1. Insert hook,

2. yarn over,

3. pull up a loop.

invisible color change - photo and video crochet tutorial

With color 2,

4. yarn over,

5. pull through.

Your color change is made!

invisible color change - photo and video crochet tutorial

Round 4: 1 sc in each st (20)

Make the first stitch of round 4 as following:

6. 1 slip stitch in the next stitch,

7. chain 1,

8. continue working 1 single crochet in each stitch.

invisible color change - photo and video crochet tutorial

Round 5: 1 sc in each st (20)

Make the first stitch of round 5 as following:

9. skip the slip stitch,

10. 1 single crochet in next chain (see arrow below)

invisible color change - photo and video crochet tutorial

Round 6: 1 sc in each st (20)

That’s it! Easy, right? You can repeat this technique again when you want to make another color change.

invisible color change crochet tutorial

Video tutorial

I’ve also made a video tutorial showing you how to make the invisible color changes described above.

* Click here to watch the video on YouTube


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    4 February 2020 at 8:36 am

    I have been crocheting for 7 years, and i really can’t get enough of it! Keen to learn new things all the time and very happy to have found your web page. Your designs are exquisite! I look forward to all the new ones.

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    Eileen Cooke
    7 December 2019 at 7:55 pm

    This is genius! I really appreciate the photo tutorial, as well as the video. Thank you so much for this great idea and passing it on to your fellow crochet family.

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    7 December 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome, thank you

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