Meet the Perfect Project to Learn Tapestry Crochet
Don’t underestimate the power of focus when learning something new. Just like the week you begin a new diet is not the time to start learning calculus, the project where you’re learning tapestry crochet should not be your first garment.
When learning a new stitch or technique, pick a project that allows you to devote all your brainpower and attention to that one skill. Start small, start focused, and start successfully. That philosophy is what has me so excited about the Love of Bees Notions Bag Set kit, a bite-sized project from Brenda K. B. Anderson that’s the perfect tool to learn tapestry crochet.
Here are the four things that make this kit the perfect venture into tapestry crochet!
1. Start Small
The Love of Bees Notions Bag Set starts out with the smaller stitch marker bag, allowing you to get the feel of tapestry crochet before moving on to the larger pouch. You’ll be able to figure out when to switch colors, how to avoid tangles, and where to hide your non-working color.
Tapestry crochet isn’t difficult, per se, but there are some tapestry crochet tips and tricks that will make things go much more smoothly. The little bag has very short rounds, meaning that you can quickly frog and try again until you can get those stitches to bee-hive!
2. Focus on Tapestry Crochet
The primary stitches used in this project are center single crochet (aka waistcoat stitch) and center extended single crochet, two stitches that you may well have run into before. Using a simple, familiar stitch allows you to focus on learning tapestry crochet.
If you haven’t worked center stitches before, don’t do as I did and wing it once you get there in the pattern. Order the kit today, and while you’re waiting for it to arrive, grab some non-splitty, worsted-weight yarn and practice both center single crochet and center extended single crochet until you’re comfortable.
Why use center stitches? They create an effect that looks more like knit fabric, with the stitches stacked on top of each other rather than slanting to the side. This results in a clearer picture. Want to see the difference? Check out these samples of some of the different stitches you can use for tapestry crochet.
3. We Did the Thinking For You!
The great thing about buying a kit is, all the thinking is already done for you. How much yarn do you need? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Where do you buy all those weird notions? They come included! You can learn more about the fabulous yarn and notions included in the kit here.
All you need to complete this kit is a size C hook, a fork to make pom-poms, and a little bit of fabric to line the bags. I’ll bet you have some in your stash that will work beautifully, or grab discount remnants from the fabric store!
4. It’s Cute as Can Bee!
Bee patterns are super trendy this year, and for good reason: bees are adorable! The simple colorwork chart for these crochet notions bags came from Andrea Rangel’s wonderful book Alterknit Stitch Dictionary. All 200 knitted motifs in the book can easily be adapted for tapestry crochet.
If you don’t love bees but do want to try tapestry crochet, you can easily customize this kit by either designing your own chart with graph paper or choosing another design from Alterknit Stitch Dictionary. However you choose to use this kit, you’ll be opening up a wide world of possibility with tapestry crochet!
Want More Buzz-Worthy Bees to Crochet?
Your love of bees doesn’t have to stop here! We released a bunch of fun bee-themed crochet projects this summer, from cute home décor to toys. What bee-themed project will you get on the hook first?
Yours in Stitches,