At some point in a knitting project you may need to join in a new ball of yarn, or change colours to knit stripes or blocks of colour. There are many techniques, but I wanted to share this simple and easy way to change colours for knitting toys.
Changing colours at the end of a row
STEP 1: At the end of the row, cut the yarn leaving a tail about 20cm long.
STEP 2: At the beginning of the next row, slip the tip of the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle in the usual way. Loop the new yarn around the tip of the right needle.
STEP 3: Work the first three or four stitches on the row using the new yarn, keeping hold of the tails at the end of the row as you knit so that your stitches do not unravel. After knitting the few stitches, tie the tail ends in a knot to secure at the end of the row.
STEP 4: Now continue knitting the row as normal with your new colour.
When you have finished knitting, you would usually sew or weave in the ends. However, if you are making toys the ends are usually hidden inside the toy, so I skip this step. Just make sure your ends are securely knotted, and hide the tails inside the toy when you stuff it.
This is the technique I used to knit my little Tooley Owl.