Recently I discovered a type of crochet I used to refer to as, “That thing where you can crochet images or designs, like pixel art.” I didn’t actually know there was a term for that but, while I was searching for a way to make a design with different coloured yarns, I came across this great tutorial at Little Woollie for the kind of colour changes I wanted to make. The style is called tapestry crochet.
Any time I hear the word tapestry all I can think of is the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where he asks to see the tapestries in the castle, “This is a castle isn’t it, there are tapestries?” And that was the extent of my tapestry knowledge. Now I know tapestries are woven works of art that are made using looms. Tapestry crochet is a way of using different coloured yarns and interchanging them to create a design. So, I tried it out.
The bottom swatch was my first attempt. That was supposed to be a circle. Maybe a bit too ambitious for my first tapestry crochet project. And the top swatch, I think my intention had been to make a wavy line…
Eventually I started to get the hang of it and ended up making this Tapestry Crochet Space Invader pot holder!
This is what the edges look like after carrying the blue yarn all the way through:
Space Invader in my kitchen!
I still need quite a bit of practice but I’m just happy it actually looks like a Space Invader. Now I have all these ideas for more tapestry crochet projects. Do any of you tapestry crochet and have helpful tips? Looking at my Space Invader, how do you keep the carried yarn from showing through the stitches? And you can see where a couple of stitches look disconnected in the top and bottom – why did that happen? I would love to know!
If you’d like to make your own Tapestry Crochet Space Invader I created a graph based on a Google image I found. Each square represents one single crochet stitch. Download PDF graph here.