I am currently working on my aviator hat and plane plush pattern, which made me think of creating a post about changing color! As you can see below, I wanted to change color mid row for my plane front window and the nose of the plane with as clean of a look as possible. Luckily this is a very easy technique. 🙂
You are going to change the color in the stitch before. You will complete the single crochet (sc) the same as normal. Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over with new color, and draw through both loops on hook. Now you will be starting the next st with the new color.
This makes for a nice and clean color change. You can do this with any stitch, in the middle of a row, end of the row, really anywhere.
Below you can see my little sailor outfit has stripes, so I changed the color in the last stitch of the row. This is done the same way, just with a double crochet. Make your double crochet as normal, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops), yarn over and draw through the first two loops, yarn over with the new color and draw through the remaining two loops.
Then, with my new color I continued to slip stitch to the first double crochet, to finish my row and then start the new row, with my new color.
I chained two and continued to double crochet around. I personally don’t count my chain two as a stitch and use it to help fill in the seam.
I was jut alternating between white and blue, so I carried my yarn over to the next row, but if you are going to be doing multiple colors and you would like to start a new row, without chaining, I saw a great method over on Moogly’s blog. She has it as a standing double crochet, so that way you don’t have to do the typically slip stitch to join and chain. This works great if you are using multiple colors and can’t carry them to your next row! You can see it here: Standing Double Crochet. Also, if you haven’t already, you should take a look around her blog!
Now to go back to editing my pattern. I am really excited about my aviator hat and plane plush. How can I not be with this photo?! I am hoping to publish the set this week and then I will publish the plane as a separate pattern, for those that don’t want the hat.
Please remember that all of my photos are copyright AMK Crochet and cannot be used, changed, or claimed as your own. Feel free to link back to this post though! Thank you to Memories by Michele for the once again amazing photo. Thank you for reading!
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****Update**** They are now published!! Can see the patterns here: Aviator Hat with Plane, Airplane Plush Only, and Sailor Outfit.
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