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. Let’s look at some examples:
Books for Learning More About Woven Crochet — and Finding Woven Crochet Patterns You Can Try
- 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.
- Learn and Perfect Woven Crochet Book by Mon Tricot — This is the only crochet pattern book I know of that focuses exclusively on the topic of woven crochet. This is an older book from 1970 that is rare and hard to find. I used to own a copy of it, but I sold my copy (which I regret!) and I can’t find my notes about it, so I’m unsure at this point about the project details. I do remember that some of the projects in the book seemed dated — so be aware of that if you decide to buy a copy. If you have a copy in hand and you’d like to remind me what projects are included, please leave a comment; I’d be really grateful for the info.
- 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 regret having 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.
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.
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.
More Ways Crochet Can Mimic Weaving
Since crochet terminology is not always standardized, “Woven Crochet” is a term that could possibly mean different things to different crafters. Here are some more examples of how crochet and weaving can interact:
Ronni Howard is an experienced fiber artist who has specialized in freeform crochet for many years. Her latest work includes a series of pieces that incorporate both freeform crochet and weaving. Ronni crochets strips of fabric using the freeform crochet technique, and then she weaves them together to make incredible, colorful art pieces.
Take a look at some of her work:
In the pictures below, you can get a glimpse at Ronni’s process for creating her pieces that combine crochet and weaving. The picture on the left is a work-in-progress picture showing just the “warp” strips before the weaving has been completed. The photo on the right shows you the finished piece.
So there you have it: Those are the basics you need to know about the woven crochet technique. I invite you to comment if you know of other helpful references on the topic of woven crochet — or if you’d like to share any insights about your own experiences with this technique.
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This page was last updated on 6-13-2019.