LEARN TO STITCH TAPESTRY CRO­CHET

Crochet! - - Contents - By Brenda Bourg

A fun and easy way to add col­or­work!

Tapestry cro­chet is a fun and easy way to add col­or­work to your cro­chet­ing. You can make a whole piece in tapestry cro­chet or just add a sin­gle chart to your project. The ideas are lim­ited only by your imag­i­na­tion! This tech­nique can be worked in rounds or rows but for this ar­ti­cle we will be fo­cus­ing on work­ing solely in rounds.

Tapestry cro­chet is a very firm and warm fab­ric, which makes it per­fect for bags, mitts and mit­tens! When mak­ing some­thing wear­able in this stitch, we want to be sure we use yarns that are a DK weight or lighter. Any thicker and the item be­comes a bit too firm and heavy. We still want nice drape and some ease when work­ing on wear­able items.

When first be­gin­ning, charts can seem a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing but tapestry cro­chet charts are ac­tu­ally very sim­ple to fol­low. Each square in the chart rep­re­sents one stitch and each chart row rep­re­sents one round of cro­chet. The charts are al­ways read from bot­tom to top and right to left. Ev­ery round is started on the right side of the chart. There are hun­dreds, if not thou­sands, of knit­ting and cross stitch charts that you can use to make a de­sign in tapestry cro­chet. The main dif­fer­ence be­tween knit­ting the charts and cro­chet­ing them is that cro­chet has a no­tice­able slant to it that must be fac­tored into your project. Cro­chet stitches don’t stack on top of each other as knit stitches do. Work­ing in a spi­ral, which we still call a round, is an easy way to deal with that is­sue and the stitches line up nicely with the charts.

We also need to use spe­cial graph pa­per to chart out our tapestry charts. These spe­cial charts have the slant fac­tored in and al­low us to see if our idea will work or if we will need to mod­ify it.

Stitch mark­ers are very im­por­tant when learn­ing tapestry cro­chet. Us­ing stitch mark­ers to mark the be­gin­ning of each chart re­peat helps to cut down on any con­fu­sion, es­pe­cially at the very be­gin­ning of the round. Be sure to only use lock­ing mark­ers— you want to be able to open and close them in or­der to move them up as you work. For ease of fol­low­ing the chart, al­ways mark with a pen, pen­cil or sticky note the be­gin­ning of ev­ery round on your chart as well.

Keep­ing your yarns from be­com­ing tan­gled can also be an is­sue when work­ing with more than one ball of yarn. For this project just keep one ball of yarn on your left side and the other on your right side. Do­ing that will re­ally cut down on the yarns twist­ing to­gether while you are work­ing on the chart. When you move on to more colors you will need to get a bit more creative. You can use yarn bowls, plas­tic bags or even plas­tic tubs with holes drilled in them through which to feed the yarn. The key to keep­ing them from tan­gling is to prevent them from be­ing side-by-side as you work!

One of the hard­est parts of learn­ing tapestry cro­chet is re­mem­ber­ing how to change colors so they form a full stitch. To do this we sim­ply close our sin­gle cro­chet stitch with the new color and then make the next stitch in the new color. We also don’t need to weave in most of the ends; we can just cro­chet over them like we do when we are car­ry­ing the se­cond color. We will need to weave in the very be­gin­ning end and the very last end.

You can use mul­ti­ple yarns in tapestry cro­chet, but the added thick­ness will need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion for your piece. For our swatch, we will work into the cuff of our tapestry cro­chet mitt project. We will only be us­ing two colors to learn our new tech­nique. Color A is choco­late or dark brown and color B is ecru or cream. Af­ter com­plet­ing the first 5 rounds of the project mitt pat­tern, we will start work­ing on our chart. To be­gin our first stitch of the chart in round 6 with color

Tapestry cro­chet is made by work­ing with two or more yarns to cre­ate geo­met­ric shapes.

B, we will in­sert our hook into the first stitch (see Photo 1), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through the 2 loops on our hook. Place a stitch marker in the first stitch (see Photo 2). In­sert our hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops, cro­chet­ing over color A as we work (see Photo 3). We will work our sin­gle cro­chets with the color B two more times into the chain of our project pat­tern’s thumb hole. Be sure to keep an even ten­sion on the yarn you are cro­chet­ing over— if it’s too tight, the project will pucker but if you carry it too loosely, it will poke through your work and be vis­i­ble. Next, we will yarn over with color B and pull up a loop, then yarn over in color A and pull through the 2 loops on our hook (see Photo 4). Then we will in­sert our hook into the next stitch and yarn over with color A and pull up a loop, then yarn over in color B and pull through the 2 loops on our hook (see Photo 5). Sin­gle cro­chet in the next stitch. Place the stitch marker in the first stitch of the new chart re­peat (see Photo 6). Con­tinue fol­low­ing the chart re­peats un­til we reach the se­cond-to- last stitch of the round. Leav­ing 2 loops on the hook, we will yarn over with color A and pull through both of the loops on our hook (see Photo 7). Then we will sin­gle cro­chet in our next stitch. In­sert the hook into the stitch with the marker in it, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over with color B and pull through both loops on hook (see Photo 8). Move the stitch marker up into the first stitch of the new round just made (see Photo 9). We will con­tinue fol­low­ing the chart un­til our mo­tif is com­plete. Tapestry cro­chet is a beau­ti­ful way to bring color­ful shapes and im­ages to your projects. It’s an eas­ily mas­tered stitch that quickly be­comes ad­dic­tive as you see your pat­tern emerge! It’s also a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to your cro­chet tool­box!

Fingerless Gloves Chart

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