Changing colors in crochet graphs is a technique often used in projects like blankets, afghans, scarves, and other items that require intricate color designs. A crochet graph is essentially a visual representation of your pattern, with each square or cell on the graph representing a stitch.

Here’s a step-by-step description of how to change colors on a crochet graph:

Materials Needed:

  1. Crochet yarn in the colors specified by the pattern.
  2. Crochet hook appropriate for the yarn weight.
  3. Crochet graph pattern.
  4. Scissors.


  1. Preparation:
    • Start by reading through the pattern and identifying where color changes are indicated. The pattern will likely have a color key that corresponds to each symbol on the graph.
  2. Complete the Last Stitch of the Current Color:
    • When you reach the last stitch in the old color, stop before completing the final yarn over and pull through of the stitch.
  3. Changing Colors:
    • Hold the old color yarn and the new color yarn parallel to each other, leaving a tail of the new color to weave in later.
    • Yarn over with the new color and pull it through the last two loops of the old color stitch. This completes the stitch in the new color.
  4. Securing the Yarn:
    • To prevent the old color from unraveling, you can either carry it up the side of the work (if you’ll be using it again soon) or cut it, leaving a tail to weave in later.
  5. Working with the New Color:
    • Continue following the pattern using the new color, making sure to crochet over the loose ends of both the old and new colors for a few stitches to secure them.
  6. Weaving in Ends:
    • Once you’re a few rows past the color change, you can start weaving in the loose ends. Use a tapestry needle to thread the yarn tails through the stitches on the back side of the work to secure them.
  7. Continuing Color Changes:
    • Repeat these steps for each color change indicated in the pattern. Remember to read the color key and follow the graph carefully to create the desired design.
  8. Maintaining Tension:
    • When changing colors, be mindful of maintaining consistent tension. Avoid pulling the yarn too tight, as this can distort the shape of your stitches.
  9. Practice and Patience:
    • Changing colors in a crochet graph can be a bit tricky at first, especially for complex patterns. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it. With time, you’ll become more comfortable and your color changes will look seamless.

Remember that each pattern may have its own specific instructions for color changes, so always refer to the pattern you’re working on for accurate guidance. Happy crocheting!