Introduction To Tapestry Crochet – Checkered Pattern For Beginners

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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.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

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.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Make a chain and this will be counted as the first single crochet stitch of row 2.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Insert hook into next chain to make a single crochet stitch. Note how orange yarn is above the hook.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Yarn over and pull blue yarn through chain.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

See how the orange yarn is trapped inside?

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Yarn over. And pull through.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Continue adding more single crochet stitches.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

The backside will look like this. The orange yarn is hidden inside.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

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.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Now continue to make orange stitches while concealing the blue yarn.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Again, to change color back to blue, don’t complete last orange stitch.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

When you have two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull blue yarn through both loops.

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

Tapestry crochet for beginners - basics of tapestry crochet - tutorial with step by step pictures

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.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

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.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Closeup view

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Ready for next row.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Orange is carried over to next row like this.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

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.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Color is changed.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Backside will look like this.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Introducing 3rd color.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

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.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

If the concealed yarn is not concealed properly, it will look like this (see below).

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Time to weave in the dreaded ends. Urgh! 🙂

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Adding a border of single crochet stitch.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Colorful crochet dishcloth ready.

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Squares or checkered pattern - Tapestry crochet picture tutorial - step by step and chart

Shyamala followed this tutorial and made this dish cloth. She was kind enough to send me this picture.

checkered-pattern-crochet-dish-cloth

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