Changing Colors and Weaving-in Ends

changing colors

Most yarns are a singular color, to add another color into a project you will need to change yarn. After creating however many rows of whatever color you want, and you have decided to change colors, work your project to the last stitch of the row.

In this example I have created double crochet stitches. Before yarning over and pulling through the last two loops on the hook, stop. Take your yarn and cut a 4- to 6-inch tail. Leave the tail for now.

Now, it is time to add the next color. Make a tail between 4 and 6 inches, then grab the yarn with the crochet hook and pull the yarn through the final two loops on the hook of the primary color. Chain the appropriate number of chains for the stitch you are going to make and crochet down the row.

You can foresee, the more times you change colors, the more tails you will have to weave in. Some people weave-in ends as they go, I try to be one of these people, but I don’t always succeed. Sometimes I get to the end of the project and have so very many ends to weave-in, ugh.

 

weaving in ends

Weaving in ends is my least favorite thing about crochet. I think it may be every crochet makers least favorite part of crochet. In the blanket for my mom, I changed colors a lot, eight times in fact. And, I didn’t understand how to properly weave-in ends, so on top of having kindergarten lines along the sides of the project, I have little knots and frayed yarn all over the project.

So, what do you need to weave-in ends? A needle, of course. When I first started I only saw plastic yarn needles at the store and I broke them, ALL THE TIME. Then one day I was yarn shopping and saw metal yarn needles and weaving in ends was made slightly better. I would recommend you buy the metal yarn needles. I bought two sizes, the smaller one is better for smaller size yarns, and the larger one is better for chunkier yarns.

Feed the yarn through the yarn needle, then feed the yarn through the project, about half the length of the tail.

At the half-way point of the tail, you will need to feed the yarn back through the project.

When creating stitches, we yarn-over and pull through loops on the hook. In the project then, there are areas of two loops close together, this is the area where you want to weave- in ends.

To anchor the yarn appropriately, you should feed the yarn under one of the loops and then feed it over the first loop and under the second loop. Like I said, this is ideal. If you cannot find the loops or you don’t care to find the loops, it won’t be the end of the world. Weaving-in ends is about feeding the tails through the project in a way that hides the tail most effectively, but also it is about ensuring that your project doesn’t fall apart. It is so important, just really not any fun.

Do you have a secret way to make weaving in ends any better? Do you have a song suggestion that would make it better? How often do you change colors in your projects? Do you have techniques for changing colors that I didn’ discuss here? Let’s talk!

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