Tapestry Crocheting – The Know How

Tapestry crocheting is a crochet niche that people find very intimidating as it involves different yarn colors indicating it has many ends to weave in. Getting the hang of varying color changes is not tricky in crochet as it is based on a basic single crochet stitch that is very simple. You may work using different colors in each row to create stunning graphic designs and display an intricate work, but eventually, it is the easiest part.

Understanding Tapestry Patterns

Tapestry patterns for crocheting are written using a grid-based graph just like other crochet patterns. Each square in a grid is considered as one stitch. You can change colors as per the changes on graphs. Just shadow the charts and make a single stitch for every box. Change colors if you find a difference. Bear in mind that odd rows should be worked from right and the even rows from left. This is for the right-handed crocheter. However, the opposite applies to left-handed people.

Stitches in Crochet

Tapestry crocheting utilizes only single stitches in crochet. However, several other stitches can be used like double crochet stitches or even half doubles. Your original pattern will indicate the kind of stitches that you should use. The necessary stages are the same; it is vital to try and stay consistent.

Tips to Do it Right

  • Working with yarn means you must actually see each stitch. The technique of using different yarns can be explored once you are comfortable with the concept of tapestry crochet.
  • Tapestry crochet allows working with more than one color of yarn. It is about putting the color that you did not use at the back of the color you are currently using, regardless of whether you would use the yarn or not in a given row.
  • If you can see the back parts of the yarn through the stitches in the foreground, pull the yarn at the back gently before changing the other, to tauten all the stitches.
  • Tension matters a lot in tapestry crochet. In fact, you can err easily on the crocheting side that is tighter than on the loose side. Thus adjust your yarn and hook choices accordingly.
  • Always work tapestry in rounds before attempting the rows. The color changings stay the same, and so there is no worries about the wrong or the right sides. Thus, it is a little easy for beginners.

Three Things to keep in mind:

  1. If you are new to tapestry crochet, it is recommended to choose a larger hook and thick yarn. The yarn also should be less fluffy as you cannot see every stitch if it is fluffy.
  2. Never crochet loose. In fact, it is best if you crochet tight. You will be using several yarns at a time and so crocheting with one color over the other should always be tight. If you crochet loose, the other color will be visible through the stitches; thus you must avoid it.
  3. Your crochet hook should match the yarn perfectly. In case you feel that your pattern isn’t getting the tension it requires, it is best to change the hook to a larger or smaller one until you are convinced with the look of the tapestry fabric.
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