6 Reasons to Try Overlay Crochet This Fall

Have you tried overlay crochet yet? If you haven’t, now is the ideal time to give it a try.


Why?


6 reasons:

1. Add an Ultra-Cool Colorwork Technique to Your Repertoire

Overlay crochet is an intriguing technique that allows you to create colorful textured pieces without having to use multiple colors per row. Take a look at a couple of examples:


Overlay crochet crossbody bag -- The pattern for making this pretty purse is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Overlay crochet crossbody bag — The pattern for making this pretty purse is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

Overlay crochet hand towel -- The pattern for making these towels is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts
Overlay crochet hand towel — The pattern for making these towels is included in a new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts

Aren’t these projects cool? They give you a lovely, more three-dimensional alternative to some of the other colorwork techniques like corner-to-corner crochet and tapestry crochet that you might have tried.

2. Overlay Crochet Produces Dense, Warm Fabric That’s Ideal for Making Snuggly Cold-Weather Projects

Overlay crochet empowers you to pile up layers of color and texture. This has the effect of creating a multi-layered fabric that can be exceptionally dense and warm — perfect for making snuggly blankets, throws and afghans to keep you cozy this fall and winter.


Check out this pretty granny square blanket you can make using the overlay crochet technique:


Overlay crochet blanket designed by Kristi Simpson -- The pattern for this blanket is included in a brand new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts.
Overlay crochet blanket designed by Kristi Simpson — The pattern for this blanket is included in a brand new book called Overlay Crochet, published by Leisure Arts.

3. Overlay Crochet Is Gorgeous

As you can see, it’s possible to work some uniquely beautiful projects using the overlay crochet technique.

4.Overlay Crochet Is Intriguing

If you have friends who crochet, the chances are good they will stare at your projects in awe, wondering exactly how you achieved such a stunning effect.

5. It Will Give Your Mandalas Extra Pizzazz

The mandala wall hanging from Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson, published by Leisure Arts
The mandala wall hanging from Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson, published by Leisure Arts

Overlay crochet is the ideal technique to use for creating spectacular crocheted mandalas and doilies. It can add bunches of color, texture and visual interest to a mandala that you’d have a hard time incorporating using any other crochet technique.

6. Lovely Overlay Crochet Patterns Are Available Now!

Fall is the perfect time to check out Kristi Simpson’s charming overlay crochet pattern collection. If you want to get your hands on crochet patterns for making any of the beautiful projects included in this blog post, you’ll definitely want to own a copy of this book.


Want to learn more about the book — and find some hints and tips for getting started with overlay crochet? Kristi Simpson has shared bunches of helpful insights in this new interview.

Where to Buy Overlay Crochet by Kristi Simpson

So there you have it: 6 reasons you’ll want to try overlay crochet this fall. I’m hoping you’ll give the technique a try — and that you’ll absolutely adore it.

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About the Author: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer who holds a degree in textile design and previously enjoyed a career in the textile industry. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.

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