Tapestry crochet is easily one of the most beautiful crochet techniques, but it’s also one that you either feel confident about or are scared to try.
By following the steps in this free crochet tutorial I will share 4 basics of tapestry crochet with you & I promise you I’ll break it down to easy “rules” or techniques.
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4 BASICS OF TAPESTRY CROCHET:
1. Never finish up the last stitch before a color change
When changing colors, the general rule is to not finish up the last step of the last stitch before you change colors.
Pull through the last step with the new color.
This technique is discussed in more details on the first method showed in 4 Ways to Join Yarn.
2. Work over the yarn
This technique is the same technique as I use for weaving in yarn ends – READ MORE.
This is where you hide the first color by working over it, so you have it available when you’re changing back to it.
You will do the same when you change from the second color back to the first, work over the second color.
Tip: When working in rows, notice on what’s the front and back of your work. Let the yarn lay towards the back of the work when working over it on the right side. The same when working on the wrong side, but then it should lay closer to you.
3. Follow a stitch chart
A tapestry stitch chart is read like this:
- One square is one stitch.
- One color on the chart represents the color worked.
- If you are working in rows: Read the chart from right to left, then left to right, every other row.
- If you are working in rounds: Always read the chart from right to left.
4. Leave yarn tails strategically when working in rows:
When following a chart when working tapestry crochet, I recommend leaving yarn tails strategically.
You might think that sounds complex, but it’s not.
What I mean is that you only work over the yarn if you need the yarn later on that row. If not you can leave it right below where you need it on the next row.
Make sure you leave it on the front of the work, so it’s behind when you turn your work and start working the next row.
That means you’re already setting up for the next row & makes the next row easier to work.
PATTERNS USING THE TAPESTRY CROCHET TECHNIQUE:
After learning the 4 basics of tapestry crochet in this free crochet tutorial it’s time to put that knowledge to use.
Somehow most of my patterns using the tapestry technique are Christmas themed:
- Christmas Trees Crochet Headband
- Christmas Trees Crochet Hat
- Crochet My Christmas Hat
- Alpaca My Holiday Sweater
Guest designer patterns using tapestry crochet:
Hope you enjoyed this free crochet tutorial teaching you the basics of tapestry crochet!