Ever tried to crochet a candy cane only to have the stripes look terrible? Yep, I’ve been there. Until I knew how to easily change colors vertically, my stripes looked disastrously bad. I don’t want you to have the same problem so I made you an easy to follow tutorial. This way everyone will be able to changes colors nicely 😊
As you can see here in the picture of my Crafty Gingerbread House, a messy color change would make the candy canes look like they melted. We don’t want that of course. It’s important that the yarn isn’t pulled too much. Too little also not cause that would cause holes. And picking up the new color at the wrong time is even worse.
See why a good tutorial is necessary? That’s why I made it. Changing colors can look dauting but it is actually quite simple. So don’t worry, you will be able to do it!
First up is my YouTube video about the vertical color change. You can slow down the playing speed if necessary.
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Step by step picture tutorial
Below you’ll see the step by step picture tutorial. I’ve written instructions below the pictures to help you understand everything easily. In this tutorial I changed the colors every 2 stitches. You can use the same technique with a different amount of stitches too of course.
Picture 1: stop at that point of the last stitch in color 1
Picture 2: get color 2 ready
Picture 3: pull through the loops of the last stitch to finish that stitch
Picture 4: start the next stitch with color 2
Picture 5: still working on that next stitch
Picture 6: and there you go. You’ve made the first stitch of color 2. Now we’re off to picture 7 😁
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Picture 7: we’re gonna change colors again so stop when you get to that point of the stitch
Picture 8: pick up color 1 again
Picture 9: finish that stitch with color 1 (do not pull the yarn end of color 2. That isn’t necessary. It will automatically become tighter when you pick up that color again later)
Picture 10: make the first stitch of color 1
Picture 11: stop right there
Picture 12: pick up color 2 again
Picture 13: pull the yarn of color 2 through the loops
Picture 14: make your next stitch with color 2
Picture 15: you can continue this as many times as the pattern asks for or as many times as you want. It should look like picture 15.
That’s it. Not that difficult is it. With a bit of practice you’ll be able to do this in no time. Think of what you’ll be able to make with this very cute stripe pattern…😍😍😍
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