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.
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.
How to make an invisible color change crocheting in the round
Yarn: fingering weight
Hook size: 4mm
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
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.
With color 2,
4. yarn over,
5. pull through.
Your color change is made!
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.
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)
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.
I’ve also made a video tutorial showing you how to make the invisible color changes described above.
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