When I first learned how to crochet, I made zillions of granny squares. They were colorful, but they only ever had one color per round.
I wanted to make projects that were even more colorful — projects that had two or more colors in each row or round. But it took me awhile to figure out how to do that.
If you’re similarly perplexed, and wondering how to change colors in the middle of a row or round of crochet, I will share the secret with you. You use a crochet technique known as “tapestry crochet” to do it. It’s a little more complicated than the simple color changes you do at the end of a granny square round, or at the end of a striped crochet project. But, it isn’t really that difficult once you understand how to approach it.
There’s an entire page on our website dedicated to showing you this technique and hooking you up (pun intended!) with patterns you can use. We’ve posted many free tapestry crochet patterns on our website, and we’ve also recommended some excellent books that include patterns focusing on this satisfying technique. We invite you to check out our free tapestry crochet tutorial, patterns and ideas page HERE.
If that isn’t what you’re interested in working on right now, no worries; we have bunches of other knitting and crochet resources available. You’re invited to check out the following pages to find more timely patterns, tutorials and ideas:
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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.
Have you begun your countdown to December 25, 2019? Perhaps you’ve already started your Christmas crafting, and perhaps you haven’t — but either way, you still have plenty of time to whip up some Christmastime projects. Especially potholders, which are quick projects that don’t take much commitment.
If you’re in the mood to work on some Christmas crafts, we have plenty of ideas, not to mention free patterns, for you to try.
Pictured here: peppermint-candy inspired potholders that are reminiscent of the minty sweet treats you see in stores during the holiday season. They’re festive, attractive and tasty — just the thing to have in your kitchen while you’re doing your holiday baking, or planning your holiday parties and meals. Those fun little mints are ideal for everything from decorating your Christmas cookies to covering up the scent of eggnog on your breath.
They’re also fantastic inspiration for bunches of different craft projects.
Potholders like these make excellent Christmas gifts, but they’re also nice to keep for yourself — especially if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen during the holiday season.
Happily, these little pretties work up quickly enough that you can make a pair for yourself, plus more pairs to giftwrap and present to the chefs and bakers on your Christmas gift list.
You can crochet these fun potholders in red and white, as pictured, to resemble candy cane stripes. If you change the colors, the look could be completely different, and maybe not even Christmas-y, depending on the colors you choose.
Speaking to my fellow Americans — It’s almost July, and that means our July 4, 2019 celebration is coming up soon. Are you ready to take a day off to picnic, party, play and parade like the free-spirited, freedom-loving people that you are?
Maybe picnics and parties are your idea of fun — and maybe they aren’t. Maybe you find it just as enjoyable to relax with a lovely needlework project in hand…Sometimes I do. However you’ll choose to spend the day, here’s hoping your Fourth of July 2019 will be a spectacular one.
Pictured here: red, white and blue striped potholders that make glorious summertime crochet projects — not too time-consuming, and not too hot and heavy for afternoon craft sessions on the veranda.
If you knock out a few of these between now and the Fourth, you can bring ’em with you to whatever potlucks / parties / picnics you’ll be attending. Or maybe just place ’em on your picnic table so nobody burns their hands on the hot-off-the-barbecue dishes that will get passed around.
Some of y’all find holidays motivating; it’s always fun to tie your projects into whatever special day is coming up next. But the truth is, potholders like these are lovely to have on hand year-around. They make great accents for every patriotic holiday: Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day…and they work for everyday, non-holiday-days as well.
If any of you are outside the USA, you’re invited to make use of this pattern too. If red, white and blue is not the color scheme you have in mind, you are welcome to substitute any other colorway you please.