You can learn many different knit and crochet colorwork techniques in Camp Colorwork. One thing we spent a lot of time on is showing you how to use grid color charts. You can use them in both knitting and crochet. And you can use the same chart with different techniques. That’s right, one chart, both crafts, and multiple techniques in each craft. At a glance, here are half a dozen crochet techniques to use with grid color charts.
What Is a Knit or Crochet Grid Color Chart?
Before we look at the specific crochet techniques that you can use with color charts, let’s look at what we mean by a grid color charts. You’ve probably seen these before included in various patterns. Some designers actually share only the color chart for a pattern. For example, designers who are known for C2C colorwork will share their patterns as just grids.
Did you know that you can take any grid color chart and use it with a variety of different crochet techniques to make all different kinds of things? In Camp Colorwork, Robyn goes over four of these crochet techniques in detail. I cover how to use them for knitting. And then you can use any of the charts in the course with any of the techniques to make ALL THE THINGS.
You can also make your own designs. Take a piece of grid paper. Color it in with the design that you want to use. Select the knit or crochet technique you’ll use. Then follow the grid to complete the pattern. You will begin with the block in the bottom right corner of the grid. Then, depending on the technique, you will either work along the bottom row towards the left and then back, row by row, or you will work corner-to-corner. Either way, the grid’s block color determines the color that you use.
“Just have some fun. Color is fun! It is bright, and vibrant and wonderful!” – Robyn Chachula, Camp Colorwork
6 Crochet Techniques To Use With Grid Color Charts
Here are half a dozen crochet techniques that you can use to make different sized items using grid color charts:
This is classic single crochet using tapestry crochet techniques to avoid stranding on the back. It creates a mostly-reversible design. Each row is worked in two colors. Each block on the color grid represents one single crochet stitch in that color.
Work in the round to create beautiful colorwork designs using the knit-like stitch of split single crochet, also known as waistcoat stitch.
Use C2C crochet to create a beautiful pattern. Instead of each block in the grid being one stitch, each block in the grid will be a block in your project. You’ll read the color chart from the bottom right to the top left. The color of the block is the color it shows on the grid.
4. Single Crochet Entrelac Corner to Corner
This is similar to C2C colorwork. However, instead of the traditional “granny stitch” design that you use for C2C, you’ll use single crochet entrelac.
Robyn covers this in-depth in Camp Colorwork. You can use any color grid chart with Tunisian crochet, even if it wasn’t originally designed for the technique. However, do note that the design will be elongated compared to the chart itself. So, you might have a short squat square on the page that becomes a vertical rectangle with an elongated design. Keep that in mind when playing with color charts and Tunisian crochet.
In order to work Tunisian colorwork, you have to strand yarn in the back of the work. You’ll have floats in the back. You want to make sure that you don’t pull too hard on any of those. They should be nice and even but not pulling and causing your fabric to pucker.
Other than that, working colorful Tunisian crochet is no more difficult than learning the basic Tunisian Simple Stitch. You can easily learn how to do this fun colorful technique! And if you love Tunisian crochet and want to take it further, you can apply what you learn to working with lots of other Tunisian crochet stitches, too.
For example, you could use Tunisian Knit Stitch instead. It will create a slightly thicker fabric. You might want to use a larger hook size, too, making the overall project size a big bigger as well. However, it also has a much cleaner look. If you like the look of stockinette or even crochet waistcoat stitch, you’ll probably like the colorwork of Tunisian Knit Stitch better than that of Tunisian Simple Stitch.
In this example, each grid in the block is a single granny square. You might make a three-round granny square, for example. The color chart shows you which color each square should be to get the desired final pattern.
What’s your favorite crochet technique for working with color charts? What’s one that you want to try? Join us in Camp Colorwork to try them all at your own pace!