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30+ Free Tapestry Crochet Patterns

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Tapestry crochet is one of the best ways to add beautiful colorwork designs to crochet fabric. In this article, we’ll share our favorite free tapestry crochet patterns – from beginner-friendly bags to intricate, full-sized blankets. Whether you’re new to tapestry crochet or a seasoned pro, you’ll find inspiration here.

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Tapestry Crochet Patterns

Tapestry crochet is a crochet technique that uses two or more colors of yarn at once to make colorful designs in your crocheted fabric. While one strand of yarn forms the stitches, the other strand is carried along the top of your work. Most tapestry crochet patterns include charts, too, which is great for visual learners!

Sometimes, it is referred to by other names, like Intarsia or Fair Isle crochet. These are all different colorwork techniques, though – and for the sake of this guide, we’ll focus on tapestry crochet. 

What can you make?

You can make nearly any crochet project using tapestry crochet, which is part of what makes it so much fun! Here’s a peak and the types of projects you’ll find in this list:

  • Pouches and Bags
  • Rugs
  • Dishcloths and potholders
  • Clothing (hats, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
  • Pillows and Blankets
  • Bookmarks

Can beginners do tapestry crochet?

Tapestry crochet does take more concentration than regular crochet. But with a little preparation, it’s completely approachable for any skill level! Start by brushing up on the basic crochet stitches, then practice your color change technique. Once you’ve got those down, you’re golden.

Some of the easiest patterns on this list include:

Chevron Tapestry Crochet Clutch (#13), Helpful Crochet Pouch / Mini First Aid Kit (#14), Tapestry Crochet Zipper Pouch Mila (#19), and the Tapestry Crochet Bookmark with Hearts (#20). 

Tapestry Crochet Supplies

Before you get started, here are the supplies you’ll need:

What kind of yarn is best for tapestry crochet?

For tapestry crochet, choose yarn with smooth textures and solid colors. These types of yarn have good stitch definition, so you can easily see each color change in your design. In most cases, you’ll want to avoid very bulky or fluffy yarns, as these can make it difficult to see your design well.

Some popular yarn choices for tapestry crochet include Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Red Heart Super Saver, and Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK.

Crochet Techniques to Know

Here are some techniques that you’ll want to know to complete your tapestry crochet pattern:

Want to learn more about tapestry crochet before getting started on your first pattern? I’ve put together a complete beginner’s guide to tapestry crochet that covers everything you need to know before starting your first project. It explains what tapestry crochet is, how to read charts, and more.

30 Free Tapestry Crochet Patterns

Check out these tapestry crochet patterns for your next project.

Tips for Tapestry Crochet

Here are some of our best tips and tricks for making projects with tapestry crochet.

Maintain even tension.

Maintaining even tension throughout your project is crucial for making consistent and neat designs. 

Use a smaller hook. 

Use a smaller hook to make tighter stitches that hide carried yarn. This way, you’ll prevent unwanted colors from showing through. You want that extra yarn encased within the stitches, not poking through to the front.

Check the wrong side.

Take a look at the wrong side of your work now and then. Make sure it looks smooth and uniform, with no bumps or colors showing through. And if your work seems scrunched up, you might be pulling the unused yarn too tightly.

Block your work

Blocking helps to give your finished project a neat and well-defined look. It can especially be helpful with pieces like clothing, rugs, potholders, or anything that you really want to hold its shape well.

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