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 article 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 create 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.

Once you’ve mastered those (which won’t take long!) you’re ready to tackle any tapestry crochet project.

How to do Tapestry Crochet

Neither of the two things above is actually particularly difficult and both are explained in this step-by-step guide to tapestry crochet and in this video tutorial. Have a look at them now to see how it’s done.

For more detailed advice about specific aspects of tapestry crochet, check out these guides:

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 in the round. The working in the round method could make one large blanket worked in concentric rounds, or a blanket made of a number of smaller square or hexagonal motifs, with each motif worked in the round. Such motifs are then joined together to form the blanket.

The Geo Georgie tapestry crochet blanket is made from rows worked back and forth
The Super Stars tapestry crochet blanket is made of motifs worked in the round and joined together

What’s the Best Tapestry Crochet Blanket Pattern for a Beginner? Answered!

Blankets Made in Rows

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 the Geo Georgie, Big Fish Little Fish, and Jora 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. And the Jora Blanket is a lovely repetitive mindful make that works up to create a striking geometric pattern. All of these blankets only require the use of two different coloured yarns at any one time.

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

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

Tapestry Crochet Blankets Made in the Round

Tapestry crochet also works really well for blankets made in the round. If you’re already comfortable making solid granny squares, for example, then you won’t find this method difficult either.

This technique is typically used to create square blankets, such as the beautiful Cara and Vita blankets. However, it can also be used to create hexagonal blankets like the fun Copernicus Blanket.

The Cara and Copernicus blankets are both very easy, using only double crochet stitches (treble crochet in UK terms). However, if you’re ready to take your tapestry crochet up a notch, the Vita blanket incorporates some slight tweaks to give a lovely smooth outline to its leaf motifs.

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

Tapestry Crochet Blankets Made from Motifs

When you are ready to move on to a more challenging pattern, you could try something that is made of motifs, such as the Gunther, Midnight Diamond, Super Stars, or Playroom blankets.

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

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

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, bags, hats, scarves, mittens, shawls and other accessories. Check out my pattern page for even more tapestry crochet inspiration.

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