Colorwork Crochet Afghans

Jul 10, 2013

Crocheted afghans are the perfect way to add a little pop of color to your décor. There are so many options available, from colorful motifs and stripes to mosaic and tapestry crochet techniques. Have you ever tried tapestry crochet? With this technique you can create anything from simple motifs to elaborate images using multiple colors.

 
Tapestry crocheted Desert Sunrise by Carol Ventura  

In her video workshop, Unexpected Crochet Stitches for Afghans and Beyond, Robyn Chachula explores all of these colorwork techniques and more. One of the most fascinating is tapestry crochet. This technique allows you to create gorgeous geometric designs. Robyn points out that unlike stranded colorwork, Tapestry crochet creates a design that is visually pleasing on both the right and wrong side.

One key tip with tapestry crochet is to always crochet tightly. If the stitches are loose the image can become distorted. If you crochet tightly already you can try the hook size recommended for your yarn weight. If you do not, try the next hook size down.

In tapestry crochet, you use two or more colors to create your design. Each yarn used needs to be the same weight to ensure that the stitches are the same height and to prevent the fabric from pulling. It is also helpful to use yarns that have the same fiber content as each fiber has its own characteristics.

 
  The Starburst Entrelac Afghan by Megan Granholm uses Tunisian crochet.

You will only use one yarn color at a time and sometimes that color will be used for only a few stitches. In tapestry crochet, colors are not fastened off when you switch. Simply lay the unused yarn along the top of the unworked row or round, then work over the top of the unused yarn as if it were a part of the previous row. If using this method, be sure to swatch in the same manner. Working over another yarn will make your stitches taller and change your gauge. It is also likely that a bit of the color from the yarn you are working over will show through the stitches worked over it. Make sure this does not affect the final look of your design in an adverse way. It is not a good idea to work over more than one or two strands of yarn as the stitches can become disproportionately tall and too much of their color may show through the stitch.

 
Peerie Baby Blanket by Kathryn Merrick
 

Join Craft Daily today to explore tapestry crochet and more color techniques with Robyn as well as crochet cables, motif design, and more. You will also find video workshops on mosaic crochet, sweater design, crochet edgings, and much more.

Best wishes,

P.S. When crocheting afghans, what is your favorite colorwork technique?


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Char55 wrote
on Jul 10, 2013 8:45 AM

I generally work Tunisian Simple Stitch from a graph for my colorwork crochet. The design appears only on the front, not the back. Individual bobbins can be used, or you can carry the yarn behind the work. I've taken designs that were intended to be cross-stitched over Tunisian Simple Stitch background and instead worked the design with the Tunisian stitch. I've also designed my own graph patterns. I am currently working on one that has jumping dolphins on it. Also have a work-in-progress that has colorful pinwheels on it.

ydunne12812 wrote
on Jul 10, 2013 7:45 PM

It's interesting that you show this technique because it is my favorite technique and I didn't know it existed except in my mind... I hate fastening off and then weaving in, so I "developed" this on my own to avoid all that mess and fuss.

Madamecrafty wrote
on Mar 16, 2014 11:07 AM

Hi to both of you!  I'm getting started on on colorwork, and have a question.  I've been working up a couple of swatches using several different techniques, and so far my favorite is tunisian crochet colorwork.  Since you guys both do this, maybe you can answer this.  In your experience, do your tunisian colorwork motifs become more elongated than on the chart?  Do I just have a too-tight gauge?  Thanks!

Madamecrafty wrote
on Mar 16, 2014 11:08 AM

Hi to both of you!  I'm getting started on on colorwork, and have a question.  I've been working up a couple of swatches using several different techniques, and so far my favorite is tunisian crochet colorwork.  Since you guys both do this, maybe you can answer this.  In your experience, do your tunisian colorwork motifs become more elongated than on the chart?  Do I just have a too-tight gauge?  Thanks!