Tapestry crochet is my new crochet obsession, and today I am going to show you how to do it so that you can use tapestry crochet too! If you’ve seen the beautiful color work that some people do with tapestry crochet, you might think that you could never be able to do it. You totally can! Once you learn the basics of tapestry crochet you can create any pattern that you want, and soon you’ll have beautiful crochet pictures and patterns throughout your home.
One of the things that got me back into designing was doing cross stitching, I loved the idea of getting to create pictures out of pixels, and I got to combine my love of drawing with my love of textiles. For a long time I thought that I would never be able to combine those two loves with wanting to design crochet patterns. I heard about tapestry crochet, but was too nervous to try it because it seemed too intimidating. After coming up with an idea for a tapestry crochet pattern I wanted to try to create, I decided to finally learn how to do tapestry crochet.
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I was amazed that it wasn’t too hard to learn how to do! Essentially all you do is carry the secondary color throughout your project while you are crocheting with the first color. Then you switch back and forth with your design. In this tutorial I will show you how to carry your yarn, how to switch yarn colors, and how to do flat tapestry crochet.
I’ve created an easy beginner tapestry crochet pattern that uses flat tapestry crochet to create a cute Crochet Cactus Coaster. It only uses two colors while you are working the pattern, so it makes it super easy to do. You can find the pattern to practice on here. For now though, let’s learn how to tapestry crochet!
Tapestry Crochet Video Tutorial
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- When you first start out your tapestry crochet pattern, you’ll begin by working the stitch amount of the first color before you switch to the second color.
- Then on the last stitch (in this case a single crochet) you’ll switch to the second color before completing the stitch.
- Finish the stitch off by pulling the second color yarn through the two loops.
4. You’ll now have a finished single crochet and successfully switched to the second color.
5. Now that you have switched to the second color, you are going to begin carrying the yarn. To do this, start by pulling your first color yarn to go along the top of the stitches in the previous row.
6. Then insert your hook in the next stitch, and yarn over with the second color yarn around the first color strand.
7. Pull the loop through the stitch.
8. Complete the stitch and you’ll now have successfully carried the first color yarn through that first stitch. You can see it sticking out of the second color stitch.
9. Continue carrying the first color yarn through the rest of the second color stitches till you have finished the amount you need to do.
10. When it comes time to switch back to the first color, you’ll do the same thing you did to switch to the second color by finishing your stitch in the second color with the first color yarn.
11. Once you switch to the first color, you now can continue working in that color. If you are doing tapestry crochet in the round, then you will carry the second color throughout your rounds like you did with the first color.
12. If you are doing flat tapestry crochet, when you get to the end of your row you’ll turn your piece and begin working back across the piece. The color work pattern for this row will be going from left to right, which is the wrong side.
13. When you get to where you need to switch colors, you’ll pull up the second color yarn from where you left it before.
14. You’ll pull it up to finish the stitch, and then begin working in the second color.
15. Since you are working on the wrong side, you don’t want any of the yarn strands to show up on the right side. You can do this by moving the first yarn color to the front as pictured, and then the second color to the back.
16. Complete you next stitch with the first color in the front as you use the second color.
17. Keep the first yarn color in the front as you crochet around it to carry the yarn as you work with the second color till you need to switch. You switch colors as normal, and then when you go back to working on the right side, you’ll continue like you did before. To see working flat tapestry crochet, the video tutorial I created that shows how to tapestry crochet shows how to do it.
I hope that this tutorial helped you learn how to tapestry crochet, whether its tapestry crochet in the round or flat tapestry crochet! It’s a technique that I’ve really grown to love, and the possibilities are endless with what you can create with it. Imagine all of the fun pictures you can make! If you design and tapestry crochet patterns, be sure to tag me on Instagram @eclairemakery so I can share your awesome projects!