What’s the best tapestry crochet blanket pattern for a beginner?

What’s the best tapestry crochet blanket pattern for a beginner?

Tapestry crochet is a fabulous technique for creating strikingly beautiful crochet blankets. However, if you’re new to tapestry crochet, the choice of patterns can be a bit bewildering and it can be hard to know where to start. This post explains what’s the best tapestry crochet blanket pattern for a beginner. It also points you to some handy tapestry crochet tips to get started.

What is tapestry crochet?

Tapestry crochet is a method of crocheting with two or more different coloured yarns. It’s a type of colourwork crochet that can give stunning results and also have minimal ends to sew in. As you work a project in tapestry crochet, you crochet over the unused yarn to carry it along until it is next needed.

The “Clarissa” tapestry crochet blanket

Is tapestry crochet hard?

Tapestry crochet may look complicated but it’s actually a very simple technique. You just need to know how to do two things:

  1. Change colour.
  2. Crochet over the unused yarn.

How do you do tapestry crochet?

Neither of these things is actually particularly difficult and both are explained in my step-by-step guide to tapestry crochet and in my video tutorial.

Different types of tapestry crochet blankets

Like any kind of crochet blanket, there are two main types of tapestry crochet blanket. One kind is made in rows, working back and forth. The other kind is made of square or hexagonal motifs, worked in the round, which are joined together to form the blanket.

The “Super Stars” tapestry crochet blanket made of motifs

What’s the best tapestry crochet blanket pattern for a beginner? Answered!

For a tapestry crochet novice, I would recommend starting with a blanket worked in rows. This is mainly because it is slightly easier to keep track of your stitches and follow any chart provided with the patterns. I’d also recommend choosing one which only requires you to use two different coloured yarns at any one time.

Some great tapestry crochet blankets worked in rows include my Geo Georgie and Big Fish Little Fish Blankets. The Geo Georgie Blanket is really fun for playing around with the different kinds of geometric patterns you can create with tapestry crochet. The Big Fish Little Fish Blanket is a wonderful choice for having fun with colour. All of these only require the use of two different coloured yarns at any one time.

The Paper Dolls Blanket is another good choice to start with as it only has two tapestry crochet sections (one at either end), with a large easy ribbed middle section in between.

I would also mention the Cara Blanket here because, although it is worked in the round, it is still relatively easy as it is one single giant solid granny square, with a pretty round of tapestry crochet hearts around the edge. It works up fast and makes a wonderful baby blanket.

Click on any of the pictures below to purchase the patterns for these blankets.

Geo Georgie Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern for beginner
Geo Georgie Blanket
Paper Dolls Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern for beginner
Paper Dolls Blanket
Big FIsh Little Fish Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern for beginner
Big Fish Little Fish Blanket
Cara Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern for beginner
Cara Blanket

Moving on to more advanced tapestry crochet blankets

Once you’ve mastered the basics of tapestry crochet and are ready to move on to a slightly more challenging pattern, you could try something that is made of motifs, such as my Gunther, Midnight Diamond, Super Stars, or Playroom Blankets.

When you’re ready for an even bigger challenge, you could also try the beautiful Clarissa Blanket. This uses all the same techniques as the other blankets but use three different coloured yarns instead of just two.

Click on any of the pictures below to purchase the patterns for these blankets.

Gunther Blanket
Super Stars Blanket
Midnight Diamond Blanket
Playroom Blanket
Clarissa Blanket

More tapestry crochet ideas

Of course, tapestry crochet isn’t just for blankets. You can use tapestry crochet to make all kinds of other beautiful items, including cushions, hats, scarves, shawls and other accessories. Check out my pattern page for even more tapestry crochet inspiration.

And don’t forget to check out my tutorials for help with the techniques used in my pattern.

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