How to- Tapestry Crochet Tutorial for Beginners

Hello Craftee, have you ever done a tapestry crochet design? This tapestry crochet tutorial for beginners will guide you through making a simple tapestry crochet piece.

If you already know how to do the tapestry crochet technique, then you can use this pattern to make a coaster, or join two pieces to make a small, cute cardholder, like the bean stitch cardholder.

To me, tapestry crochet is like painting with yarn. It is such a versatile technique that allows your imagination to soar, and encourages self expression. It become easier the more practice using it for projects.

Tapestry crochet is done with basic stitches- single crochet, half double crochet or double crochet. You would usually need to follow a painted chart for tapestry crochet, the pattern will explain how the chart is represented, how many stitches per block or rows. Colours are sometimes labeled by number or letters or by just their name; like I have done in the pattern below. Colours can also be more than two and you may be working with all of them on the same row or round.

TIPS FOR THE BEST TAPESTRY CROCHET PIECE
  • Yarn and hook- i have found that using a smaller hook than recommended for a yarn gives better results; neater yarn transitions, tighter look and ‘hidden’ yarn. Say a yarn states 5mm hook on the wrap, I would usually use a 4 or 4.5mm hook depending on the thickness of the yarn.
  • When changing yarns, pull the previous working yarn forward a little bit to create a tightness around the side, this will help that last stitch to be even with the rest.
  • If you are making a pattern, ensure that you make a swatch first. This will help determine how big or small the item will turn out.

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TAPESTRY CROCHET TUTORIAL FOR BEGINNERS

Get the chart HERE

Stitches/Abbreviation

  • SC- single crochet
  • HDC- half double crochet
  • DC- double crochet
  • CH- chain
  • ST- stitch

Materials:

  • Worsted or DK weight yarn. if using worsted, use 4mm hook. If using DK, use 3mm hook

Notes:

  • starting chains for SC and HDC stitches is 20, while for DC is 21.
  • chain 1 at the beginning of the row for SC and HDC.
  • chain 2 at the beginning of row for DC.
  • even though the pattern is written using the single crochet stitch, it follows the same construction for taller stitches. Simply change that to the taller stitches if that is what you are using.
  • each ‘block’ on the chart stands for 1 stitch.

How to change colour

Tapestry Crochet for Beginners- changing yarn

VIDEO TUTORIAL

Row 1: Chain 20, SC in 2nd ch from hook and each cha across. Ch 1, turn

Row 2: SC in 9 sts, change to blue, SC in 1 st, change to yellow, SC in 9 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 3: SC in 8 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 8 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 4: SC in 7 sts, change to blue, SC in 5 sts, change to yellow, SC in 7 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 5: SC in 6 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 1 st, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 6 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 6: SC in 5 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 3 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 5 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 7: SC in 4 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 1 st, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 4 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 8: SC in 3 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 3 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 9: SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 5 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 10: SC in 1 st, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 7 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in last st. Ch 1, turn

Row 11: SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 5 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 12: SC in 3 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 3 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 13: SC in 4 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 1 st, change to yellow, SC in 2 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 4 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 14: SC in 5 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 3 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 5 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 15: SC in 6 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 1 st, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 6 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 16: SC in 7 sts, change to blue, SC in 5 sts, change to yellow, SC in 7 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 17: SC in 8 sts, change to blue, SC in 3 sts, change to yellow, SC in 8 sts, across. Ch 1, turn

Row 18: SC in 9 sts, change to blue, SC in 1 st, change to yellow, SC in 9 sts across. Ch 1, turn

Row 19: SC into each st. across. Snip yarn, weave in tails.  

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