How to Change Thread When Crocheting

Whether you are changing colors or joining two skeins, this method is easy and works well for either single or double crochet stitches.


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You Will Need

  • Yarn/thread
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle


  1. Step 1

    Finish first thread

    Pause your crocheting before you run out of the old thread. Leave a tail at least 4 inches long.

  2. Join the new thread at the end of a row, unless your pattern calls for a color change in the middle of a row.

  3. Step 2

    Position new thread

    Position the new yarn on top of the last row of stitches.

  4. Step 3

    Yarn over

    Wrap the new thread behind and over the needle to yarn over.

  5. Step 4


    Hook the new thread and pull it through the two loops on the needle.

  6. Step 5


    Continue making crochet stitches with the new thread.

  7. Step 6

    Knotted join

    Join the two threads with a small knot if the previous method fails.

  8. Step 7

    Weave ends

    Weave in the loose ends across a row with a yarn needle.

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