How Do You Change Colors in the Middle of a Row or Round of Crochet?

Wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet? The secret: Learn the tapestry crochet technique. Then you'll be able to make colorful crochet projects like the pattern sampler afghan pictured here.
Wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet? The secret: Learn the tapestry crochet technique. Then you’ll be able to make colorful crochet projects like the pattern sampler afghan pictured here.

When I first learned how to crochet, I made zillions of granny squares. They were colorful, but they only ever had one color per round.


I wanted to make projects that were even more colorful — projects that had two or more colors in each row or round. But it took me awhile to figure out how to do that.

If you’re similarly perplexed, and wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet, I will share the secret with you. You use a crochet technique known as “tapestry crochet” to do it. It’s a little more complicated than the simple color changes you do at the end of a granny square round, or at the end of a striped crochet project. But, it isn’t really that difficult once you understand how to approach it.


There’s an entire page on our website dedicated to showing you this technique and hooking you up (pun intended!) with patterns you can use. We’ve posted many free tapestry crochet patterns on our website, and we’ve also recommended some excellent books that include patterns focusing on this satisfying technique. We invite you to check out our free tapestry crochet tutorial, patterns and ideas page HERE.

If that isn’t what you’re interested in working on right now, no worries; we have bunches of other knitting and crochet resources available. You’re invited to check out the following pages to find more timely patterns, tutorials and ideas:

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

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