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