Reversible Color Crochet

I love crochet afghan patterns that provide me with a solid map of techniques and ideas but still leave enough room for me to exercise my creativity and construct a final piece that feels uniquely mine.

Examples of picture square patterns  

In her new book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique, Laurinda Reddig teaches you how to create incredible colorwork afghan squares. Her crochet intarsia technique is unique and completely reversible, allowing you to experiment with shapes and images. You can follow her suggestions for how to combine the included 28 block patterns or design your own unique blankets.

Here is Laurinda to tell you more about her colorwork crochet.

Reversible Color Crochet

  Outrageous Fortune Afghan

In a craft that has been around as long as crochet, we seldom come across anything truly new. Though reversible crochet colorwork may not be a brand-new idea, the technique that I have developed is the result of many years of experimentation and adapting techniques learned from others. The result is a truly reversible colorwork that is not stiff and produced clean lines, which allows for a wide variety of exciting designs.

I was first introduced to crochet colorwork through tapestry crochet. A friend from high school taught me to use multiple colors and carry the yarn under stitches. I began using the technique in my crochet, but I never liked the look of the carried yarns peeking through taller stitches (such as double crochet). Many years later, when I was expecting my first baby, my father decided to knit an afghan covered in tiny intarsia animals for this first grandchild. This opened my eyes to the possibility of having a separate ball of yarn for each section of color, rather than carrying the unused colors.

When my son was a little older, I decided to make him an afghan featuring a cartoon image that was created by using intarsia in crochet. Whenever I changed colors, I simply did what made sense to me and carried the old color up inside the stitches. Unlike knitting, the thicker stitches created by crocheted fabric make it easy to hide the strands of the unused color, making them reversible.

Examples of "Quilt" square patterns  

With this book, you can learn to create beautiful, reversible colorwork by making just a few small changes in how you work the yarn before and after color changes. So get out your hooks and start playing with color!

-Laurinda Reddig

Baby, lap, twin, king, or nap, design your own crochet afghans, pairing your choice of geometric or pictorial crochet intarsia squares. Order Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique today.

Best wishes,

P.S. What is your favorite size afghan to crochet?

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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

2 thoughts on “Reversible Color Crochet

  1. While not reversible, the technique of using separate balls or bobbins of yarns and carrying them up through the pattern, is the technique I use when making a graphed pattern in Tunisian Crochet. I never liked the idea of working the entire afghan background and then having to go back and cross-stitch the design over it; I wanted to complete it as one piece. Glad to see it can be done with single crochet as well…and the result of it being a reversible design is icing on the cake! Thanks!

  2. It’s my opinion that an afghan should be “taller” than an average person and “wider” than two average people. That being said, I’d say an average size should be about 6′ x 6′. Any smaller and a person can’t be snuggly!