Mirriam-webster defines tapestry as a heavy cloth that has designs or pictures woven into it. That is exactly what we are going to do with crochet.
In tapestry crochet, we will be using more than one yarn. When one yarn is being used, the others will travel hidden inside the stitches.
So let us get started with some basics for beginners.
As more than one yarn is used, the fabric made is usually thick and suitable for winter. Single crochet is the stitch of choice. But you can use double crochet too.
Lets do a trial piece first. Make a row of chains with color 1. Using your hook, pull the second color through the loop on the hook like shown below.
Make a chain and this will be counted as the first single crochet stitch of row 2.
Insert hook into next chain to make a single crochet stitch. Note how orange yarn is above the hook.
Yarn over and pull blue yarn through chain.
See how the orange yarn is trapped inside?
Yarn over. And pull through.
Continue adding more single crochet stitches.
The backside will look like this. The orange yarn is hidden inside.
To change color, don’t complete the last blue stitch. When you have two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull the orange yarn instead of the blue yarn.
Now continue to make orange stitches while concealing the blue yarn.
Again, to change color back to blue, don’t complete last orange stitch.
When you have two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull blue yarn through both loops.
Now let us start the checkered pattern / squares pattern. This is the easiest tapestry crochet pattern. It doesn’t require a lot of planning / counting. Perfect for beginners. At any point of time, we will be working with only two colors.
First row is made just like the trial piece shown above. Only difference is, that was made with single crochet stitch while we are doing this with double crochet stitch.
Ready for next row.
Orange is carried over to next row like this.
The reason why tapestry crochet is usually done with single crochet is because double crochet is taller and the hidden yarn will be visible on the side. Single crochet is shorter and hence this will not be so obvious. However we can add a border to the fabric and hide this. At the end of this tutorial, I have shown how the sides can be made neat with a border.
Last stitch before changing color.
Color is changed.
Backside will look like this.
Introducing 3rd color.
Cut the orange and start using yellow and white for this row. Or you could carry the orange concealed inside the stitches if you hate weaving in the ends.
If the concealed yarn is not concealed properly, it will look like this (see below).
Time to weave in the dreaded ends. Urgh! 🙂
Adding a border of single crochet stitch.
Colorful crochet dishcloth ready.
Shyamala followed this tutorial and made this dish cloth. She was kind enough to send me this picture.