How to Change Colors in Tunisian Crochet

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Learn how to change colors in Tunisian crochet, using a simple color chart to crochet a small swatch.

How to Change Colors In Tunisian Crochet

Notes

This tutorial assumes that you are familiar with the basics of Tunisian crochet and the Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss). If you are brand new to Tunisian crochet, you can learn the basics of how to Tunisian crochet here.

Materials

Yarn: Any! I used Lion Brand Heartland, which is a #4/Medium/Worsted weight yarn.

Hook: Any hook that is appropriate for your chosen yarn. (With Tunisian crochet, you generally want to go up a couple of sizes from the recommended hook size.)

For my swatch, I used an 8mm/L-11 hook (the recommended hook for my yarn was 6mm/J-10).

Note: You do not need a special Tunisian crochet hook for this tutorial. But, if you are looking to invest in a Tunisian crochet hook set, I absolutely love this Addi bamboo set.

Colorwork Notes

  • Chart: Start at the bottom-right corner and work right-to-left. Each square on the chart corresponds to 1 Tss.
  • Written Instructions: When using the written instructions, for each block of color in a row, the instruction is written as follows:
  • (COLOR) stitch COUNT
  • e.g. (C1)   Tss     10
Colorwork chart for swatch

General Notes

  • Stitch counts are given as “loops on hook” in [ ] at the end of each row.
  • First loop on the hook is not counted as a stitch.
  • End stitch: This is the last stitch on a Forward Pass (FwP). You will always work this stitch through both loops. In this tutorial the end stitch is written separately as “work end st.”

Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch = chain                      

st = stitch                      

Tss = Tunisian Simple Stitch        

FwP = Forward Pass         

RetP = Return Pass 

C1 = Color 1

C2 = Color 2


Tutorial: How to change colors in Tunisian crochet

Tunisian Crochet Color Change swatch

How to Change Colors in Tunisian Crochet

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

In this tutorial, you will learn how to change colors in Tunisian crochet.

Materials

  • Yarn: any! I used Lion Brand Heartland, which is a #4/Medium/Worsted weight yarn.

Tools

  • Hook: Any hook that is appropriate for your chosen yarn. (With Tunisian crochet, you generally want to go up a couple of sizes from the recommended hook size.)
  • For my swatch, I used an 8mm/L-11 hook (the recommended hook for my yarn was 6mm/J-10).

Instructions

Foundation Row

With C1, work foundation row.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Foundation Row

Row 2: Forward Pass

  1. Still using C1, work in Tss as per pattern (in this case Tss 7).
  2. Insert hook into next vertical bar, yarn over C2 (new bobbin) and pull through.
  3. Color change made.
  4. Using C2, work end st.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 2 (Forward Pass)

Row 2: Return Pass

   e. Yarn over C2 and pull through.

   f. Work RetP until one C2 loop remains.

   g. At the back of your work, pull C2 strand to the right.

   h. Yarn over C1 and pull through 2 loops.

   i. Color change made.

   j. Completed RetP with C1.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 2 (Return Pass)


Row 3

  1. With C1, work a Tss in each st until you need to make the next color change (in this case Tss 6).
  2. Insert hook into next vertical bar, yarn over C2) and pull through.
  3. Color change made.
  4. Using C2, Tss 1, work end st.
  5. Work RetP as per Row 2.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 3

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 3 f

Row 4

(C1) Tss 5, (C2) Tss 3, work end st. RetP as per Row 2. Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 4

Row 5

(C1) Tss 5, (C2) Tss 3, work end st. RetP as per Row 2.

Row 6

(C1) Tss 4, (C2) Tss 4, work end st. RetP as per Row 2.

Row 7

(C1) Tss 3, (C2) Tss 5, work end st. RetP as per Row 2.

Row 8

FwP: (C1) Tss 2, (C2) Tss 6, work end st.

As Row 9 will start with C2, you need to change colors as follows at the end of the RetP of Row 8.

  1. RetP as per Row 2.
  2. Stop when 2 C1 loops remain on hook.
  3. Yarn over C2 and pull through.
  4. Color changed made.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 8

Row 9

With C2, Tss 8, work end st. RetP.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 9 a+b

Bind off row

  1. Starting in the second vertical bar, *insert hook into vertical bar, yo and pull through both loops on hook.
  2. Repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.
  3. Cut yarn, pull through final loop to fasten off. All done!

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 10


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

I love seeing all of your projects; be sure to tag me on Instagram (you can find me here: @nedandmimi), and use #nedandmimi to show off your Tunisian crochet 🙂

Happy crocheting!

Sarah

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