Saturday, 25 February 2017

Tapestry Crochet

I've long admired colourful patterns like this from talented crocheters. I like
the woven look and the wonderful colourwork and I have fancied giving it a go,
but it seemed so complicated. I didn't really know where and how to start.

Last weekend I decided to read up about this type of crochet and learned that
this particular technique is called tapestry crochet. It is worked entirely in double
crochet stitches using two or more colours of yarn on each row to create colourful
graphic designs. The yarn not in use is usually encased at the back as you work
each row, just like you do with yarn ends in normal crochet if you prefer not to sew
them in. It didn't sound as complex or intricate as I'd first thought, so I made a very
simple pattern and gave it a go.

The first row with the colour change went all right but it got tricky as I got to the end
of it. All rows on tapestry crochet are worked on the right side. This is fine if you're
crocheting on the round, but not so much if you're making something flat. You can't
turn at the end of the row as you would normally do, so you can either crochet back
using your left hand or crochet in reverse. Not being ambidextrous, I chose
the latter method.

It took me awhile to get my head round it and I still get confused sometimes but
I'm getting more used to it. I followed my pattern and it had turned out better than
I was expecting. The only thing is the coloured yarn in the background - it is visible
through the white sections. You shouldn't be able to see the yarn that's not being
used and I've tried pulling it towards the back as advised but you can still see it.
I've yet to crack this yarn issue, but over all, not bad, I think for a first try.

I've decided to try a slightly more complicated pattern and so far, it's going well.
I like this one more so I'll keep going. Hopefully it will be a cushion cover. I'm using
scraps of mercerised cotton. It has good stitch definition which is ideal for this and
also it doesn't split, making it nicer to work with.

It's been great to step out of my crochet comfort zone and try something new and
different. Apart from the girls' headbands, I haven't been very inspired with crochet
lately so this has been very good for sparking my interest again and I already have
a few patterns in mind that I'd like to try.

Have you tried tapestry crochet before?  If you have, I'd love to hear about your
experience and see the things you've made. I hope you've had a good week.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


  1. I've never tried tapestry crochet, it's very impressive xx

  2. It looks awfully complicated Marion. One a camping trip a few years ago I watched one of my friends whipping up tapestry crochet cushion covers, it looked like fun and very similar to your work in the bottom photo. x

  3. Looking good! I've tried it too, a while ago, but it goes so slowly and I'm crocheting really tight when I do tapestry. Think I have to give it another try perhaps.
    Like your colours and design, anxious to see the sequel.
    Have a nice day, Sigrid

  4. I had never heard of tapestry crochet before so thank you for introducing me to it. Yours looks beautiful and I look forward to seeing it grow.

  5. I think you're doing incredibly well for your first go, all your work is so neat so I was certain this would be too.
    Lisa x

  6. Well done for trying something new, and so complicated looking! Your mention of working backwards on the return rows made me shiver!! It is looking fantastic Marion, very striking X


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