4 Variations on Single Crochet for Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet is a color-changing technique that allows you to work a single row of stitches in more than one color. Using this technique lets you create intricate patterning and beautiful projects. You can use various stitches to create these projects, experiment with these 4 to see which one is your favorite.

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1. SINGLE CROCHET

What it is:
*Insert hook in next stitch (under top two loops), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook; repeat from *.

Why we love it:
It’s Easy—This is the quick and easy way to work tapestry crochet. It is a common stitch, so all you have to worry about is when to change colors.

Be cautious of:
Stitch Alignment—Stitches don’t always align with one another when worked in the classic single crochet stitch. If you are working a geometric color pattern, your pattern might slant to the right.

Try it in:
Buffalo Belt or Hinterland Hatband

 

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2. SINGLE CROCHET BACK LOOP ONLY

What it is:
*Insert hook in back loop only (back top loop) of next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook; repeat from *.

Why we love it:
Stitch Alignment—This simple variation on the single crochet will help your colorwork line up and keep it from having the same slanted appearance as traditional single crochet.
Fabric Drape—Because you are working your stitches through only one loop, the fabric created is less dense than that made with the traditional stitch.

Be cautious of:
Added Texture—This technique gives the fabric a more textured appearance. The front loops left unworked leave a horizontal rib on the surface of the fabric.
Row Gauge—Watch your row gauge. This hook insertion creates a longer stitch than traditional single crochet.

Try it in:
Santa Fe Vest Backing or Modern Tapestry Crochet.

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3. CENTER SINGLE CROCHET

What it is:
*Insert hook through center of next stitch (between the V), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook; repeat from *.

Why we love it:
Looks Like Knitting—Some crocheters love the center single crochet because it looks like the knit stitch.
Stitch Alignment—Because you work through the center of the stitch, your color pattern aligns better than with a regular single crochet stitch.

Be cautious of:
Hook Insertion—Working your stitches in the center of the stitch in the previous row can be a tight fi t for your hook. Keep your stitches loose.
Fabric Density—This stitch variation creates a very dense fabric.
Row Gauge—Working through the center of the stitch creates much shorter rows. Pay attention to your row gauge when you swatch and alter the pattern if necessary.

Try it in:
Wilder Dress Yoke

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4. CENTER EXTENDED SINGLE CROCHET

What it is:
*Insert hook through center of upper V created by legs of next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made—lower V), yarn over, and draw through both loops on hook (upper V).

Why we love it:
Stitch Appearance—This stitch creates a texture very appealing to the eye and makes color patterns really pop.

Be cautious of:
Hook Insertion—The upper V of this stitch is a tight fit for your hook. Be sure to insert the hook in the same place for each stitch and keep them very loose.
Row Gauge—Extended stitches are longer than traditional stitches. Check your row gauge as you swatch and make pattern alterations if necessary.

Try it in:
Expedition Backpack

See more tapestry crochet resources with tapestry crochet tips and tricks, secrets to crochet color changing, or check out the video on this post for help changing colors.

Happy Stitching!
Sara
Editor, Interweave Crochet


All swatches for this article use Red Heart Yarns Creme de la Creme yarn.

This article originally appeared in Interweave Crochet Spring 2018. Check out the issue for more projects using tapestry crochet.


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