Woven crochet is a technique in which the crafter first crochets a fabric, and then weaves yarn, fiber, ribbon or other crochet pieces — often long strands of chain stitch — into the fabric.
The weaving can be done in either direction — horizontally or vertically.
The initial fabric is often, but not always, a mesh fabric, similar to the mesh you’d create in basic filet crochet.
Since crochet terminology is not always standardized, “Woven Crochet” is a term that could possibly mean different things to different crafters. My intention here is to discuss the woven crochet technique as described above, and as presented in the following publications:
- Rugs: Star Book No. 51, copyright 1947 by the American Thread Company — There’s a project on page 15 of this book called “Woven Rug” that utilizes this technique. The rug is pictured in color on the back of the book, and it is quite charming, although I would recolor it if I were going to make it for my own home.
- 1030 Stitch patterns by Mon Tricot, published in 1972; this book includes multiple examples of the woven crochet technique, with color photos and instructions.
- Mon Tricot Special: Knit and Crochet, The Knitters’ Basic Book Vol 1 — I stupidly sold my copy of this book online, and at this point I’m not sure of the copyright date or details; however, I do know this book includes some woven crochet instructions and examples.
- Unknown Mon Tricot Book on the Topic of Woven Crochet — There’s also another Mon Tricot special edition from the same general era that focuses exclusively on the topic of woven crochet; that particular book is rare and hard to find. I sold my copy (which I regret!) and I’ve never come across another copy of it since. I can’t find my notes about it, so I’m unsure of the exact title of the book or any of the copyright details. If you have a copy in hand and you’d like to remind me of the name of the book and the year of it’s publication, please get in touch; I’d be really grateful for the info.
- Crochet Master Class — This book includes a section by Jenny King about the woven crochet technique. Jenny includes a tartan plaid afghan pattern for beginners in this book.
- Crochet Red — This beautiful book includes one woven crochet pattern: it’s called “Gingham Afghan,” and Tanis Galik designed the pattern. It’s not only exquisite, but it’s rated as an easy crochet pattern.
Free Patterns That Incorporate the Woven Crochet Technique:
If you’re interested in trying the woven crochet technique, you might enjoy any of these free patterns — all of which are posted for free on the Internet.
Weaving Colors Crochet Scarf — This link takes you to a detailed photo tutorial with the pattern for making a woven crochet scarf.
New York Noro Plaid — You know those gorgeous, richly-colored self-striping sock yarns you can buy online or at the local yarn store? You can use a yarn like those to create this vibrant plaid scarf. Depending on the yarn you choose, the scarf could take on a water-color-y effect, or perhaps a bright and bold look. It really depends on the yarn you choose to work with.