Spiral rounds are wonderfully uncomplicated to crochet. However, since the rounds are never completed, there is always an obvious distinction between the old and new color when a color change occurs.
However, there is a very simple solution how you can crochet a color change in spiral rounds much softer and more inconspicuous (therefore it is only an “almost” perfect color change).
The following method is particularly suitable for all projects that are crocheted in spiral rounds with single crochet stitches, such as Amigurumi.
Here the normal color change (left) compared to the “almost” perfect color change (right):
Color Change in Spiral Rounds
- Magic Ring
- Slip Stitch
- Single Crochet (sc)
Needed Materials and Tools
- 2.5 mm Crochet Hook
- Stitch Marker
- Colors: green, red
- This pattern was crocheted using the „Schachenmayr Catania“ yarn (100% Cotton, Meterage: 125 m, Yarn Ball Weight: 50 g, Yarn Weight: Sport – 5ply / Fine (2)) in the following colors:
- Emerald (Smaragd (430)), Bordeaux (Bordeaux (425))
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A Better Color Change in Spiral Rounds
The actual color change is carried out in the same way as usual. The optical difference in the stitch pattern results from the fact that you crochet 1 slip stitch as the 1st stitch AFTER the color change.
After the slip stitch continue crocheting as usual. The slip stitch is always crocheted only once after the color change.
- Start by doing a normal color change. You want to change the color after the next single crochet stitch. To do this, push the crochet hook through the next stitch, pull the thread through and now you have 2 loops on the crochet hook. Then yarn over the new color and pull it through both loops. Done is the color change.
- The whole “trick” for a better color change is that you crochet 1 slip stitch instead of 1 single crochet stitch after the color change and then continue with single crochet stitches.
- As you can see, this slip stitch creates a flat point which then rises again due to the subsequent single crochet stitches. This flattened area ultimately produces the softer, less chopped color change.
Color Change in Comparison
Finally, a comparison between a color change where you continue crocheting with a slip stitch and a color change where you continue crocheting with a single crochet stitch.
As you can clearly see, when crocheting a single crochet stitch after the color change, there is already a clear distinction to the stitch before.
- 1 slip stitch after the color change:
- 1 single crochet stitch after the color change: