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.
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
Dishcloths and potholders
Clothing (hats, mittens, sweaters, etc.)
Pillows and Blankets
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:
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.
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.
This colorful zipper pouch has so many uses! Store your crochet hooks, pile in pencils and pens, keep your makeup together, or throw it in your wallet to use for holding coins and other odds and ends. This pattern is worked in the round from the base up.
Made with tapestry squares, this elegant rug would be beautiful in a bathroom, kitchen, or doorway. With its simple crochet border, this rug measures approximately 25” x 30” finished. This pattern is ideal for intermediates.
This vintage gingham pattern is so cute for antique-lovers or farmhouse kitchens. It’s beautiful in blue, but you could totally change up the colors to match your space! The finished dishcloth is approximately a 9” square.
These plant covers are a great way to spruce up your boring pots! They come in small, medium, and large sizes. You can make your plant cover in a single shade, or use tapestry crochet to add some fun motifs.
This gorgeous sweater top features blooming roses throughout. It can be made in neutral shades, or spruce it up with floral colors! This comfy and beautiful top would be perfect for wearing to the office or dressing up with a necklace and heels for a nice dinner.
This cozy cowl is worked in the round using single crochets. When you’re making this pattern, be sure to focus on the row you’re on rather than the whole, big picture at once. It’s much less overwhelming this way!
This snowflake hat was inspired by Team Canada toques (which is just another word for hat!). You can totally make this sporty hat even if you’re not Canadian, but if you are, be sure to check out the cute maple leaf idea that the designer added! This pattern makes it easy to adjust the size for a perfect fit.
This Olympic-themed duo is so detailed and beautiful! It includes a lot of colorwork, so make sure you’re up for a more involved project. Take it slow, and you will definitely reap the rewards of this amazing set!
This reversible pillow features colorful stripes and tapestry crochet circles. It has a zipper closure, so it’s easy to take off and wash if needed. This fun, intermediate tapestry crochet pattern is sure to brighten up any room!
If you don’t want to deal with an oversized, bulky, and difficult-to-carry purse, this crossover bag is a great way to hold all of your essentials! Customize this bag by opting for a fabric lining and adding your favorite strap option. This bag measures approximately 11” x 10.5”.
Bring your style to life in your home with this handmade flower pot holder! You can make this design with an open or closed bottom depending on how you plan to use it. This colorful pattern would be great for using up scrap yarn.
This intricate-looking pattern looks more difficult than it is! Using only two colors, this is a great option for brushing up on your tapestry crochet skills. This cozy design measures approximately 25” around and 10.75” high.
This simple clutch would be a great option for beginners to tapestry crochet. It uses a simple, colorwork repeat pattern and has a fabric lining and a zipper (so you will need some basic sewing skills to make this design). The folded clutch measures approximately 8.5” wide.
You can always be prepared with this small but handy crochet first aid kit! Keep all your essentials safe inside with the zipper closure. This quick pattern would be an excellent gift for new parents or someone who likes to travel.
Perfect for a child’s bedroom or playroom, this tapestry crochet dinosaur basket is a great place to stuff toys, blankets, or even diapers and wipes (for littler ones). Cleaning up is so much more fun when you have a dino basket to keep things in! The finished basket measures about 12” in diameter by 10” tall.
This clutch design is inspired by the beautiful, tropical houseplant called Monstera. Perfect for plant lovers, this project is also super practical for holding your most important items. Its finished size is 11” x 9”.
You can almost taste the juicy, sweet strawberries as you admire this bright, summer pillowcase! This vintage, tapestry crochet pillow pattern with bobbles is such a fun way to spruce up your space for the season. The finished dimensions for this project are 20” x 20”.
Here’s an elegant zipper pouch that would pair nicely with a fancy dress, but could totally be used for regular days, too! Keep the dignified look by using sophisticated neutrals, or make it fun with bright colors! The finished bag measures 11 cm x 8 cm.
This fun, modern tapestry crochet pattern incorporates many different shades for a bright and beautiful cold-weather project. It’s an excellent way to keep your neck and chin warm on those bitter days while still looking cute. This pattern is worked in the round and is best for intermediate crocheters.
This vintage potholder created in neutral shades would be such a cute addition to a farmhouse kitchen. And if you love it, there are lots more farmhouse-themed potholder designs in this collection, too! You could totally put this adorable pattern to practical use or even just use it as a cute tapestry crochet wall hanging to decorate your kitchen space!
This gingham bear pattern would be an ideal piece to add to a cozy cabin. It includes a double layer of fabric on the back to help protect your surfaces from heat. It’s worked with single crochets using three strands of yarn throughout the pattern.
Made with classic cotton yarn, this bucket hat is durable and cool for summer days. Wear it to the beach, on a hike, or out on your daily walk. This bright design is a fun way to blend your favorite colors while offering yourself some shade, too!
Pack all your essentials for this day in this colorful, boho-style drawstring bag. This intermediate pattern features a wide shoulder strap so you can comfortably carry it as long as you need to. The pattern is worked in rounds and measures 11.5” high and 9” in diameter (at the bottom).
Keep your phone close with this light and simple crossbody phone holder. This adorable design is great for wearing with athletic shorts or leggings when you don’t have a pocket handy. It fits an iPhone 13 or 14 Pro Max, but if you have a smaller phone, you’ll have extra room for chapstick, some cash, or other small essentials!
Cozy up with this tapestry crochet blanket featuring a modern, diamond design. This intermediate-level pattern would be a great project to take on in the winter months during the long, restful evenings. This lap blanket measures about 37” x 54”.
Whether you’re ready to hit the slopes, pull on your ice skates, or take the kids out for a snowball fight, this fun beanie is right there to keep your head warm and dry! Made with colorful diamonds, this one would be a great project for using up your scrap yarns. It’s worked from the bottom up using single crochets.
This festive sweater highlights its colorwork yoke and is worked from the top down. Featuring a gorgeous, snowflake-inspired design, this flattering pattern is a great way to stay both cute and cozy during the winter months. It can be made for men or women.
This simple blanket would make a precious keepsake for a little one. It would be a perfect gift to make for a baby shower or to bring when visiting a brand new baby. This pattern includes a video tutorial and measures 30” x 30”.
Designer: Daisy Farm Crafts
Yarn weight: Worsted
Suggested yarn: Patons Canadiana
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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