Tapestry crochet is a unique crochet niche that allows you to work with color and graphic design in fresh new ways. With tapestry crochet, you can create mid-row color changes. This gives you the chance to draw or paint with the yarn, creating landscapes and other images with your color changes.
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Tapestry Crochet Cup Cozy with Bunny Design
When you are first learning a new crochet technique, it's nice to have a small project. You get to practice the technique and see if it's even something you enjoy doing. Whether or not you love it, the project goes quickly enough that you get the satisfaction of completing it. This cute little cup cozy, adorned with a graphic tapestry crochet bunny, is lovely for that instant gratification.
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Crochet Pineapple Motif
This simple crochet rectangle is a terrific example of what you can do with tapestry crochet. You work row by row using very simple single crochet stitches. All of the work happens in the color changes. Using yellows, oranges, and greens, you can create a pineapple within that rectangle. Use this crochet square as part of a mix-and-match blanket, frame it as a piece of wall art, or work it in cotton yarn to make a crochet dishcloth.
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Tapestry Crochet Flower Blanket
This is what it looks like when you put a series of tapestry crochet squares or rectangles together to create a beautiful blanket. Each panel here is a flower, so when you put them all together, you get a garden.
Note that this is a free crochet-along, with new patterns revealed periodically. However, if you can't wait, you can purchase the entire tapestry crochet blanket pattern on Ravelry.
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Tapestry Crochet Clutch
You can use the color changes in tapestry crochet to create plaids, ginghams, and other similar box-based designs. That's exactly what the designer did with this crochet clutch using five different strategically placed colors. It's reminiscent of a watermelon-rich picnic, making this clutch an excellent accessory for summer.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Argyle Crochet Purse
Argyle is another print that you can easily replicate using tapestry crochet. This is a stunning example, worked in a bold combination of black, white, and red. Do note that this is a mixed media DIY project, combining crochet with a leather purse base, lining fabric, interfacing, and purse straps.
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Colorful Tapestry Crochet Blanket
You can work with multiple colors in a row. When learning tapestry crochet, though, people commonly work with just two colors, switching them out across the row to create their graphic designs. You can do that, but swap out the two colors from row to row, to create a richly colored blanket that doesn't require a lot of knowledge beyond the basics of tapestry crochet.
This blanket is a perfect example for practicing that. Plus the rows of tapestry crochet are interspersed with rows of regular single crochet to give you a meditative break while you learn this niche of the craft.
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Tapestry Crochet Crop Top
The intriguing pink design on the front of this crochet crop top is created thanks to the ingenious colorwork of tapestry crochet. This is a racerback tank, worked primarily in a cream color with pink details including the design. Although it is designed as a crop top, it's an easily adjustable design that you could crochet to a longer length if that's more your style.
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Matching Pillows in Tapestry Crochet
This set of two pillows was initially designed as a wedding gift. It incorporates tapestry crochet to create a half heart on each pillow; when the pillows are side-by-side, the heart is complete. What a sweet idea! The back of each pillow has a monogram also crafted in tapestry crochet. The designer provides some great instructions for creating your own graphs to work from if you want to personalize the initials on the project.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Tapestry Crochet Cushion Cover
This is another example of a crochet cushion worked in tapestry crochet. This one has a beautiful leaf design. The designer notes that you could create just the front panel and use it as a wall hanging.
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T-shirt Yarn Tapestry Crochet Basket
This easy t-shirt yarn crochet basket is worked in two colors - yellow and blue. The tapestry crochet technique is used in the round to alternate the colors in such a way that the blue looks like waves. It's a beautiful accessory, especially for a beachside home.
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Bonus: More Tapestry Crochet Patterns
Tapestry crochet is such a beautiful niche that we couldn't just leave you with these ten terrific free patterns. We also wanted to point you to some of our other roundups that incorporate tapestry crochet:
- Striped heart baby afghan square free crochet pattern
- 2 shamrock crochet patterns that use the technique: a slouch hat and a cell phone cozy
- The mochila clutch crochet pattern in our roundup of 8 creative crochet bags
- Set of tapestry crochet coasters in our roundup of 15 crochet coaster patterns
- 6 free crochet charts that can be used for tapestry crochet as well as other niches such as filet crochet