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Tapestry Crochet Tutorial

Free Instructions for How to Do Tapestry Crochet

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The Second Single Crochet Stitch Is Complete

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: The Second Single Crochet Stitch Is Complete.
The Second Single Crochet Stitch Is Complete -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Now I've pulled the yarn through to complete the single crochet stitch.

If you take another glance at the chart, you'll see that there are five blue single crochet stitches I need to complete before I need to change colors. I've done two of 'em so far. The next two are going to be exactly like the first two were. When I get to the fifth single crochet stitch, it's going to be almost the same as well, but there will be one significant difference: I'll have to stop short of completing the last step, and that's when I'm going to change colors to white.

With that in mind, I'm going to fast-forward to that fifth stitch to show you how to do it, step by step.

The Fifth Single Crochet Stitch in Progress

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: Begin the Fifth Single Crochet Stitch
Begin the Fifth Single Crochet Stitch -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Here I'm still holding my white yarn parallel to my foundation chain; I've inserted my crochet hook into the next chain stitch, and underneath the white yarn. I'm grabbing the blue yarn in preparation to pull it through the chain.

 

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: The Fifth Single Crochet in Progress
The Fifth Single Crochet in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay

I've now pulled the loop up through the foundation chain. Note the positions of both the blue and white yarns. Up until this point, the white yarn has remained parallel to, and slightly above, my foundation chain; this is the position I've been carefully holding it in all along. The blue yarn is positioned so that I can easily manipulate it with my left hand. However, I am going to change the positions of these two yarns in the next few steps.

 

Bringing the White Yarn Up to Make It Accessible for Using Next
Bringing the White Yarn Up to Make It Accessible for Using Next -- Photo © Michael Solovay

I've now shifted the position of the white yarn to make it accessible for using in the next step.

Working the Color Change

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: Preparing to Complete the Color Change
Preparing to Complete the Color Change -- Photo © Michael Solovay

I've now grabbed the white yarn and am preparing to pull it through the two active loops on my crochet stitch.

 

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: Pulling the White Yarn Through to Complete the Color Change
Pulling the White Yarn Through to Complete the Color Change -- Photo © Michael Solovay

Here, I'm pulling the yarn through those last two loops...

 

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: The Color Change Is Complete.
The Color Change Is Complete. Photo © Michael Solovay

Here we see the completed color change; I'm now ready to begin crocheting with the white yarn. According to my chart, I'll be working five more single crochet stitches in white yarn before I change colors back to blue; then another five blue stitches, and so on.

 

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: First White Single Crochet Is Complete.
First White Single Crochet Is Complete. Photo © Michael Solovay

Here you see the first single crochet stitch I completed using the white yarn.

Hopefully, this brief demonstration was enough to help you get the idea of how this technique works. From here on, it's pretty much the same; just keep holding your inactive yarn parallel to, but slightly above, your foundation chain; keep following your chart and using it to help you determine which color stitch you need to work next.

If you have questions, please post them in our crochet forum and we'll do our best to help.

Twisted Yarns

Tapestry Crochet Tutorial: Yarns Can Often Get Twisted When Tapestry Crocheting
Yarns Can Often Get Twisted When Tapestry Crocheting. Photo © Michael Solovay

Before I end, there's one more thing I need to mention. When you're doing tapestry crochet, your yarns may get twisted up, like you see in this picture. That's normal; don't worry if it happens to you. You'll have to stop periodically and un-twist the yarns.

Free Tapestry Crochet Patterns

You're invited to check out our free tapestry crochet patterns to find more interesting projects to crochet. Enjoy!

References

  • Alice Brooks Design 7267, Crocheted Doilies, copyright 1946 by Household Arts, Inc.
    This publication lists "Cameo Crochet" as one of the "To Do Pattern Stitches." The brief blurb defining cameo crochet mentions that the colors not in use are carried inside the stitches. The illustration pictures a two-color checkerboard pattern worked in double crochet.


  • Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects From Today's Top Crocheters by Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss
    The Tapestry crochet section of the book includes work created by Carol Ventura
    ISBN# 978-0-307-58653-7
    Compare Prices


  • Carol Ventura's Tapestry Crochet Website

  • Tapestry crochet article by Carol Ventura, posted at at knitonthenet.com
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