Isn’t tapestry crochet beautiful? It opens up a whole new world to crochet! In fact, the possibilities are nearly endless with all the beautiful designs and images you can create simply by using different colors of yarn.
This tapestry crochet square pattern was designed specifically for the Sampler Poncho CAL hosted by Itchin’ For Some Stitchin’. My Diamond Square is the 13th crochet square and will be featured on August 1, 2022. If you wish to follow along and make this beautifully unique poncho, then you’ll want to start HERE.
However, if you are new to color work and you’re just looking for an easy project to get your feet wet, this will be perfect crochet pattern for you.
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This pattern is the 13th square of the Sampler Poncho CAL hosted by RaeLynn from Itching’ For Some Stitchin’s blog hop. To get this pattern as a free Ravelry download on August 1st, keep scrolling to get to the download button 🙂
Crochet a Sampler Poncho
Tapestry Crochet Square with Diamond Pattern
If you’ve never done color work before, don’t worry. I’ve included several photo tutorials to help you along the way. Plus, you will only alternate between two colors so it will be easy to keep your yarn from getting tangled. But I do have a tip for that below, so keep reading.
The photos for this tapestry crochet square are for the 8″ size – however, if you’re wanting to make the 7″ crochet square I have included instructions and a graph for the smaller crochet square.
I would suggest reading through the pattern notes first before beginning this pattern – in fact, you may even want to take a look at the entire pattern first. This way, you’ll have a much better understanding of this design as you go along.
- approximately 30 grams worsted yarn in a main color and 15 grams worsted yarn in a contrasting color (my contrasting color is a self striping rainbow yarn which worked really well). I used I Love This Yarn from Lobby Lobby.
- G+ (4.5 mm) crochet hook or whatever size needed to obtain gauge
- tapestry needle
- Advanced beginner. This pattern uses only single crochet stitches, however it may be challenging for a complete beginner to switch back and forth between colors.
- This pattern uses standard US crochet terms.
- The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
- This pattern is worked in single crochet rows using the color graph provided on pages 5-6.
- This pattern can be made in 2 sizes: 7″x7″ or 8″x8″. Instructions are given for both sizes.
STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):
- ch = chain
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- sc = single crochet
- MC = main color
- CC = contrasting color
- 4 sc x 4 rows = 1 square inch
- 7″x 7″ or 8″x 8″ (shown below: 8″x 8″ square)
TAPESTRY CROCHET SQUARE
Color changes are actually quite simple! For instance, when you see on the graph that you need to change color, here’s what you’ll do: When making the stitch before the color change, only make the stitch halfway. After that, you will insert your hook into the stitch and draw up a loop. Before you yarn over again…! Drop your working yarn, pick up the contrasting color and draw through the loops with that. Now you’re ready to work the next stitch with the new color! In conclusion, you will repeat this process to change back to your original color.
To summarize, you will start the color change before your last yarn-over and work the next stitch with the new color. Likewise, to change back to the original color, you will begin the color change before the last pull through of the contrasting color. I hope that makes sense!
Firstly, when you make the stitch before the color change, start the stitch as normal, but before you finish the stitch, drop your working yarn.
Secondly, pick your next color and use that to pull through the last 2 loops on your hook and finish the stitch.
How to Change Color in Crochet
To change back to your previous color, just repeat the same steps you used to change colors the first time.
Lastly, pull through the last 2 loops on the hook with the previous color and now you’re ready to work with the previous color again.
PRO TIP: to keep your yarn from getting tangled always drop each color on the same side. To clarify: each time you drop the MC, drop it to the front of your work. And – when you drop your CC, drop it to the back of your work. That is to say, make sure to always drop the same color on the same side, and your yarn will never get tangled.
In other words, you are still working over the color you’re not currently using. However, when you initially drop your yarn, you should drop it to the front or the back, depending on whether it’s the MC or the CC. Then you can pick it up and lay it across the stitch so you can work over it.
HOW TO DO TAPESTRY CROCHET – READING THE COLOR GRAPH:
Each square on the graph represents one stitch. Since we crochet from right to left, the graph should be read from right to left for each row. To start, you will begin from row 1, square 1 and go all the way to the end. Moreover, on row 2, start from row 2 square 27.
7″ x 7″ square:
8″ x 8″ square:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TAPESTRY CROCHET SQUARE:
*stitch count for the 8″x8″ square is given in parentheses ().
using the main color (MC), ch 28 (small square) or (32, big square)
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. 27 sc (31 sc)
Rows 2 – 27 (31): sc in each st all the way across using the color graph on page Ch 1, turn. 27 sc (31 sc)
Weave in all ends. Your tapestry crochet square is now finished!
I hope you love your new crochet square! If you do, please share and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I absolutely love seeing all your makes!
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