3 Ways to Add Color to Your Tunisian Crochet

color block tunisian crochet scarf

Solid rows, mixed stripes, color-blocking, oh my! Adding new hues to your Tunisian crochet projects can give them an immediate upgrade. These three techniques are sure to color you happy.

1. Solid Stripes

solid stripe tunisian crochet

Solid stripes are created by completing a forward and return pass in the same color, changing to the new color just before the end of a return pass.

tunisian crochet pink stripe

Start by completing the forward pass in the main color. Complete the return pass until there are two loops left on the hook.

joining white with tunisian crochet

Drop the main color and yarn over with the new color.

joining tunisian crochet yarn

Pull through the two loops on the hook with the new color.

Complete forward and return passes as normal with the new color. Continue changing colors with this same method as many times as you like. Change color every row for subtle, simple stripes, or create blocks of striping for a bolder look. Carry yarn up the side of the work to avoid creating additional ends to sew in.

2. Mixed-Color Stripes

mixed color stripes tunisian crochet

Mixed stripes give the illusion of multicolored yarn and result in a fabric that is unique to Tunisian crochet. These stripes are created by completing a return pass and a forward pass in different colors, changing color just before the end of the forward pass.

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Start by completing a forward pass with the main color until there is one stitch left. Insert your hook in that stitch and drop the main color yarn.

joining pink yarn tunisian crochet

Pick up the new color and yarn over and pull up a loop, completing the stitch.

Chain one and complete the return pass as normal. The vertical bars will be in the main color and the horizontal bars behind will be in the new color.

Repeat this process for every row for the effect featured above. Carrying yarn up the left side of the work is easy and prevents additional loose ends.

3. Color Blocking

colorblock tunisian crochet

Changing yarn color in the middle of a row is useful for color blocking as well as other colorwork techniques, like intarsia. This method can be a little trickier and requires more attention.

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Start by completing the forward pass in the main color to the point where the color change will happen.

joining color mid row tunisian crochet

Pull up a loop in the next vertical bar with the new color.

two color row tunisian crochet

Finish the forward pass with the new color.

color block tunisian crochet

Complete the return pass until the second loop on the hook is in the main color.

working colorblock tunisian crochet

At this point, drop the new color and complete the next stitch with the main color. This ensures that the vertical bar and horizontal bar of this stitch are the same color.

Pro Tip: When changing color in the middle of a row, it’s imperative to lock the yarn to avoid unsightly holes in the work. Locking the yarn is simply wrapping the old color around the new color and pulling the loops tight.

working tunisian crochet colorblocking

The photo above shows the return pass, changing from the linen color back to pink. Start by dropping the linen color on top of the pink color, and picking up the pink color to continue crocheting. Pull the first pink loop snug against the hook to keep from leaving a hole.

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4 Responses to “3 Ways to Add Color to Your Tunisian Crochet”

  1. Sandy

    Is there a way to get even rows in color blocking? When using Color A, the last stitch in the block always comes out as Color B because of the end stitch to make things even on the left side. Can this be prevented?

  2. Margaret

    I like to learn the stitching you do with the long needle

  3. Diane Snarski

    This guide on how to change colors in Tunisian Crochet was great. It was a clear explaination of instructions.

  4. Carrie

    How do you carry yarn up the side in Tunisian crochet?? I’ve searched EVERYWHERE and there isn’t a single good explanation. I’m trying to do 18 rows of gray in tss then 12 rows of blue tss, then back to gray.