Tapestry Rounded Edges happens to be one of the ‘complaints’ I most often here. It seems people get frustrated by the ‘boxy’ look. The solution is rather simple. For all of you younger folks you’ll understand this almost immediately. Think - Pixels.
When we shop for computer monitors, or cameras, we look for a high number Pixels. The more Pixels, generally the better the quality of picture. What’s a Pixel? In simple terms a Pixel is a tiny square of color. The smaller the square, the better the picture.
THIS HOLDS TRUE with Tapestry Rounded Edges, with Fairisle, and Intarsia. It also holds true with knitting, weaving, and Filet Crochet. When you use thinner yarn, and smaller hooks your ‘rounded edges’ begin to look --- well --- round.
Think a moment back to the time where beautiful Tapestries hung on the walls of castles. These Tapestries were not made with Chunky, or 4 ply Worsted, or even 3 ply Baby, or Sport weight yarn. No - they were made with fine fibers and threads.
Yarn: What you need to look for is a fine weight yarn, not thread, for Tapestry Rounded Edges. This is often called 2 ply, super fine, fine, lace, light fingering, or fingering. You could use #3, #5, or #7 thread with Fairisle, or Intarsia. However, specifically Tapestry Crochet needs yarn as it ‘hides’ the carried color a little better. Following is a brief list of where to locate the right kind of yarn.
Herrschners (http://www.herrschners.com) calls theirs Afghan Yarn, 2 ply. I like this one, there’s great color selection and it is rather inexpensive. The disadvantage is it will most likely need to be shipped.
Red Heart (http://www.redheart.com) has a yarn called Luster Sheen (only 6 shades). You will rarely find this in a yarn shop.
Yarnspirations (http://www.yarnspirations.com) has several ‘brands’ listed but they are pretty much tagged as sock yarn, mostly variegated, and do not have a good solid color selection.
Garn Studio (http://www.garnstudio.com) has several. You’ll need to look in Category A - and look at Lace, or Fingering (4 ply down). This will need to be shipped.
Search at Ravelry (http://www.ravelry.com) Here’s how to search: Go to Yarn, Advanced Search, Checkmark - Lace, Light Fingering, and Fingering. For this project I’d also checkmark Acrylic. (Don’t belong to Ravelry? It’s free to join and you’ll love it.)
Hook: Size B, 2.25 mm (you can get away with a C, 2.75 mm, but try not to). I strongly suggest using a padded crochet hook. There are many out there and you will find the brand you love. Personally, I use Clover Crochet Hooks. These seem to last the longest for me, and fit my hand best.
Other: For your practicing all you’ll need is possibly a scissors.
Gauge: This is a lesson and gauge is not important. However, here’s my gauge for the sample I crocheted. Using Herrschners Afghan Yarn, SC, crocheting over 1 piece of yarn. 31 sts, and 30 rows = 4 inches
For this practice piece I’ve included the graph pattern for a simple heart. Use any two colors you love. If you haven’t started at the beginning and don’t know how to do a Tapestry Color change please go here: http://www.moms-crochet.com/tapestrycrochetcolorchange.html
If you don’t know how to read a graph pattern please go here: http://www.moms-crochet.com/readinggraphpatterns.html
Creating fine, artistic tapestries requires smaller stitches. Yes, there are a lot of patterns out there that you can use larger hooks and thicker yarn with. These are FUN and they turn out extremely beautiful. But it is my goal to give you all the information (I know) on this subject. That includes creating the finest work possible.
Because you carry your yarn under your stitches, with Tapestry Crochet, always use yarn, as opposed to thread. The smaller and tighter your stitches, the better your ‘picture’ will look.
What I’d like you to do is play with the heart pattern below. If you’re not used to thin yarn and small hooks, start with the thinnest yarn and smallest hooks you can and work your way down from there.
Most Important - HAVE FUN WITH THIS
In the free PDF (at the end of this page) you'll find the full size graph pattern. Because of page speed I'm only including a smaller version here.
Note: If you wish to do the Practice Pattern, Tapestry Hearts Squared (http://www.moms-crochet.com/tapestryheartssquared.html), DO NOT cut your yarn at the end of this example.
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Tapestry Hearts Squared
Free Practice Pattern
Use your new skill to create a unique and beautiful afghan square. The Tapestry Hearts Squared pattern gives you a perfect chance to practice making rounded edges, and it gives you more practice reading graph patterns.
How To Read and Work With Graph Patterns
This lesson is so simple that you’ll wonder why graph patterns ever made you nervous, lol. Reading and working with a graph pattern, no matter if it’s for Tapestry, Fairisle, Intarsia, or even Filet Crochet, opens up a world of beautiful patterns. Want to get an idea of what’s possible? Just do a search for Cross Stitch Patterns (but don’t forget to come back here).
Tapestry Crochet Color Change
Tapestry Crochet Color Change goes a little further than just showing you how to change colors. I also share tips to keep your yarn from tangling, I talk about the importance of yarn tension, and I share some information that many other places don’t. Like what (you may ask)? Like the importance of keeping the same order of your colors when working (and why).
Go Beyond Checkerboards
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This ebook includes a design for Brickwork, Gingham, Houndstooth, and Jigsaw. Often people don't realize that these historic designs did originate from the checkerboard.
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