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


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 mid-row by working a simple Tunisian crochet swatch.

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

  1. Row 1 – Foundation Row

With C1, ch 10, pull up a loop in back bump of second ch from hook, and each ch across. RetP. [10 loops on hook]

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Foundation Row

  1. Row 2 – Forward Pass (FwP)

a. (C1) Tss 7.

b. Insert hook into next vertical bar, yarn over C2 and pull through.

c. Color change made.

d. Still using C2, work end st.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 2 (Forward Pass)

  1. Row 2 – Return Pass (RetP)
  2. e. With C2, yarn over and pull through first loop on hook.

    f. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. One C2 loop remains.

    g. At the back of your work, keep C2 strand to the right, with the C1 strand underneath.

    h. Yarn over C1 and pull through 2 loops.

    i. Color change made.

    j. Finish RetP with C1.

    Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 2 (Return Pass)

  1. Row 3 – Forward Pass (FwP)

a. (C1) Tss 6.

b. Insert hook into next vertical bar, yarn over C2 and pull through.

c. Color change made.

d. (C2) Tss 1, work end st.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 3

  1. Row 3 – Return Pass (RetP)

e. Work RetP as per Row 2 (i.e. work RetP with C2 until one C2 loop remains, then work rest of RetP with C1).

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 3 f

  1. Row 4

(C1) Tss 5, (C2) Tss 3, work end st. RetP with corresponding colors.

  1. Row 5

(C1) Tss 4, (C2) Tss 4, work end st.  RetP with corresponding colors.

  1. Row 6

(C1) Tss 3, (C2) Tss 5, work end st.  RetP with corresponding colors.

  1. Row 7
  2. (C1) Tss 2, (C2) Tss 6, work end st.  RetP with corresponding colors.

  1. Row 8

(C1) Tss 1, (C2) Tss 7, work end st.  RetP with corresponding colors, stopping with 3 loops on hook.

You will start Row 9 with C2, so complete RetP as follows:

a. Yarn over C1 and pull through.

b. 2 loops on hook (C1).

c. Yarn over C2 and pull through both loops.

d. 1 loop on hook (C2).

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 8

  1. Row 9

a. With C2, work FwP.

b. Work RetP.

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 9 a+b

  1. Bind-off row

Finish the swatch with a slip-stitch bind-off row.

a. Insert hook into second vertical bar.

b. Yarn over and pull through both loops. Sl st made.

c. Continue to work sl st bind-off to end of row.

All done!

Tunisian Crochet Color Change - Row 10


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

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Happy crocheting!

Sarah

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