Tapestry Crochet is a type of crochet colorwork. In fact, we cover it in comprehensive detail in CAMP COLORWORK. It is one of the easiest ways to create colorful designs using crochet. It’s all about working with two colors per row, working over one color, dropping it when you don’t need it, and working with the other one. You end up with a colorful, essentially reversibly design.
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Using Color Charts for Tapestry Crochet
There are written patterns for this crochet technique. However, the best way to work this technique is to use color charts. A color chart is a grid. Each block of the grid represents one stitch. In tapestry crochet, you simply use basic basic crochet stitches. So, if you have a grid that is 5 blocks by 5 blocks, each of those 25 blocks represents one singe crochet stitch. Check what color the block is and work with the corresponding yarn color in single crochet.
Carrying Your Yarn Vs. Stranded Crochet
In Camp Colorwork, Robyn explains that in Tapestry crochet, you work with two colors in the same row. You hold the second color in the back and crochet over with the color that you’re using for that square. It is similar to Fair Isle Crochet.
Therefore, you don’t have any strands of yarn going across the back of the work, as you might with other forms of crochet colorwork. It’s nice and neat looking, making a reversible fabric with a pattern on each side.
Moreover, you don’t have a whole bunch of ends to weave in from every single row because you’ve worked over them as part of the technique.
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Join Camp Colorwork to get a full understanding of how to work Tapestry Crochet. If you already know the technique, practice it with this free pattern.
As you can see, you’ll work with orange as your main color. Then you will use three other colors throughout the project. Tapestry crochet isn’t just two-color work; it’s just two colors per row. Therefore, you can make it as colorful as you want. You’ll practice different shapes in this project, including flowers.
Bernat Deco Crochet Tapestry
Notably, a crochet tapestry is not necessarily the same as Tapestry Crochet. The latter is the technique. The former is an object. A tapestry is a thick textile fabric often used for wall hangings, as seen in this free pattern.
In this case, you do actually use two colors per row. However, the pattern designer recommends using Intarsia, not Tapestry Crochet. In this instance, you do not work over the second color. This makes sense for this design because you work the same color for such a large portion of the row before changing colors. Instead, you will change colors mid-row, something else Robyn also shows you how to do in CAMP COLORWORK.