In the last week or so I've been honoured to within an inch of my life. First I got a rave review in Lime&Violet
crept up behind me and wrote about me without telling me about it. She calls it "stealth admiration", so I'm warning all you crocheters that she is on the move and nobody is safe. Then I received an over-the-top compliment
from Kathy Merrick, the brilliant designer of the Babette Blanket
- not to mention all the totally over-the top compliments from many brilliant crocheters and knitters! Then I discovered a mention on another awesome site called Craft & Found
. So here's me squee-ing all over the house and trying to decide how to return some of the goodness that's just been poured on me by the crochet community. The result is this tutorial, since I think a lot of crocheters are becoming interested in Jacquard technique. It's already published in Spanish along with the pattern for Bernat de Ventadorn on Tejemanejes
. So this is the English version.
I used to get into the most horrendous tangles before I started working this way.
Added on March 1st:
OK, let's not write up any more laudatory reviews of Lara Croft, guys. It goes right to her head.
Look at this post. What was I thinking? Like, did I invent this technique? No. In the state of self-exaltation you guys left me in, I omitted to mention that I learned it from another blog. Whose blog? Why, whose do you think? Carol Ventura's blog, of course! To see where I learned this choreography, go to this page
. My crocheting life is divided into a Before and After Carol's page on Tapestry Crochet in Finland!
IMPORTANT: WORKED IN ROUNDS!
1. Let's call red A and white B. Hold A in the normal manner, and B flat over the top of the work.
2. Insert hook in Back Loop of stitch. Pass hook under B and pick up A.
3. Draw through a loop.
4. Now change colours. Pass the hook behind A....
5. ...and pick up B.
6. and pull B through, completing the stitch.
7. Now insert hook in Back Loop of next stitch,
and pick up B from where it's lying over top of the work.
8. After drawing through a loop with B, change colours again:
pick up A....
9. And pull it through, completing the stitch.
Now you can start all over from the beginning!
I find that if I have to do a longer stretch (more than 3 sts) of colour B, it's more graceful to drop both strands and pick them up again with their positions reversed. The strand you hold in the normal manner is faster for most of us to work.
Doggy is optional but happy.