This photo tutorial is all about how to change colors when you are crocheting the Suzette Stitch.
Changing the color of the yarn that you are working with isn’t as difficult as you may think. There are quite a few tutorials and videos dedicated to the topic for other stitches, but not many specific to the Suzette Stitch.
If you don’t know how to crochet the Suzette Stitch (which is one of my all time favorites by the way) or just need a refresher, I created another photo tutorial that is available at this link.
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An example of a pattern that uses this particular color change is my Old Glory American Flag Afghan.
The yarns I used in this example are Red Heart Soft Yarn in Tangerine and Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather that can both be purchased at these links if you are interested. The hook is a Boye H/8 (5.00) that I bought at Wal-Mart.
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How to Change Colors Using the Suzette Stitch
When working the Suzette Stitch you are essentially crocheting a single crochet and a double crochet in the same stitch. Then you skip a stitch and repeat the process. In this picture I have the swatch of Suzette Stitches. I have the single crochet completely worked and the double crochet only half worked.
An almost completed double crochet is YO (yarn over), insert hook into the same stitch as the single crochet, YO again and draw back through the stitch. You will have three loops on the hook. YO again and draw through only two loops. Stop.
That is where we are in this picture.
Next (without cutting the Tangerine yarn), YO with your Grey Heather and draw through the final two loops on your hook to complete the double crochet stitch.
You will still skip a stitch just like you would if you were continuing on with just the Tangerine. The pattern itself does not change with the color change.
So skip one stitch and single crochet in the next stitch with the Grey Heather.
You will simply let go of the Tangerine. It won’t go anywhere, I promise! 😉 It will hang in the back until you flip the piece over and then it will be in the front ready for you to pick it up again. No need to carry unused yarn along your stitches.
Now double crochet in the same stitch as the Grey Heather single crochet you just made.
Continue working the Suzette Stitch using the Grey Heather to the end of the row. Single crochet in the last stitch, chain one and turn your work.
Single crochet and double crochet in the same stitch the chain one comes from. Continue working pattern along the row until you get to the stitch just before the color change. Work an almost completed double crochet. Stop again.
Here, you are going to pick up the Tangerine and drop the Grey Heather. Don’t cut either strand unless instructed! YO with the Tangerine, letting the Grey Heather drop behind your work and draw the Tangerine through the two Grey Heather loops to complete the double crochet.
Skip the next stitch like you normally would when working the Suzette Stitch and then single crochet in the next stitch with the Tangerine yarn.
Double crochet in the same space you crocheted the single crochet.
Continue working the Suzette Stitch pattern to the end of the row. Single crochet in the last stitch. Chain one and turn your work.
Note: The color change line may look crooked or jagged at first, but that is because of the nature of the stitch. There is no way (that I know of) to get a completely straight line when changing colors with this stitch unless you make two separate swatch pieces and then stitch them together, but that’s a whole other tutorial.
Don’t worry. It looks great when you’re done. Just keep going!
Always stop in the stitch just before the color change like in this photo.
YO with the Grey Heather and drop the Tangerine behind your work. Draw the Tangerine through the two Grey Heather loops to complete the stitch.
Skip the next stitch as usual. Now single crochet with the Grey Heather in the next stitch.
Continue working the pattern and changing colors as needed or required.
Hopefully you found out that it really isn’t as hard as it seems to change the color of the yarn that you are working with. The worst part seems to be when your two strands begin to get tangled, but honestly all you have to do to fix that is take a minute and untangle them. No big deal.
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