Crochet Master Class – The Woven Crochet (part 2)

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A few months ago I started the second project in the “Crochet Master Class” book. Yesterday I finished the Tartan Afghan. I must admit after seeing the finished afghan I am really pleased with the results. It had the look of a plaid fabric and I can picture me all bundled up in it keeping warm on those cold chilly nights.

This is one of those projects you will want to show all your friends. Not only because of the work involved but because of it’s uniqueness.

The Afghan measures 54″ x 60″. I used Red Heart Yarn in the colors of Tea Leaf, Hunter Green, Frosty Green, Black and Aran. The yellow is from Orlon Sayelle which was in my stash and I am not really sure of the exact name for the color.

Description from the “Crochet Master Class” book seems to explain it best. “In this technique, which uses only the double crochet and chain stitches, an open meat base is worked first in horizontal rows, usually with alternating colors following a specific order. Then, crocheted chain lengths are treaded into a tapestry or yarn needle and woven vertically, from bottom to top, under and over the meat chain stitches, again usually following a specific color sequence.”

This was a beginner level project using an H hook.

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The base of the afghan was made by crocheting a Filet Mesh. I then chained a 116 strips a few inches longer then the measurements of the afghan starting at the bottom and working my way to the top. The next step was to weave the chains in and out through the filet mesh. With this pattern I followed the exact color sequence as I used to make the mesh.

Insights I gained from this experience:

This was a fairly simple project to crochet – composed using only the chain stitch and double crochet, making it a great project for a beginning crocheter.

Although the end results are beautiful, it is a time consuming effort. If you are a crocheter who like quick projects with instant results, this is not the project for you. By the time I crocheted the filet mesh and the chains, and took the time to weave them in and finally finishing the fringe, it was almost like crocheting two afghans. I must add that it was well worth all the effort it took in making this piece. I was really proud of the afghan when I finished and it is a very eye-pleasing piece in my collection. Still, give yourself time should you decide on this type of project, particularly if you have a deadline.

The project was easy enough to crochet while watching television or listing to an audiobook. Just make sure you pay attention to the color sequence. This is where I believe some people might mess up.

Warning: This project requires a lot of ends to weave in. First there are the 41 color changes in the Filet Mesh and then the chains strips on both ends of the 116 chains.

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When working the weaving part the afghan;

I crocheted all the chains and then did the weaving. This seemed to be faster and less confusing.

You will want to find a completely flat surface to do the weaving. I used the floor. If you could not get down on the floor, I believe a large table or your bed would work just as well.

Be sure to alternate the under and over movements at the beginning of each row for each subsequent chain to achieve the woven fabric effect.

Keep the chains from twisting when you are weaving them.

Now having said all the things involved in crocheting this project. I would like to add that if you will take the time to crochet this piece, It is well worth the effort. This afghan was easy to work and one I could easily crochet while taking to my hubby. I would love to crochet one again one day down the road.

I am really excited about giving this Afghan to my son and daughter in-law as a house warming gift. It will be a piece I believe they will treasure.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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14 Responses to Crochet Master Class – The Woven Crochet (part 2)

  1. What an amazing gift. Definitely worth the work.

  2. Oh wow, what a stunning Afghan! It was definitely worth all of the hard work!

  3. Thank you for you kind words

  4. LeeAnne says:

    It turned out beautiful Pamela. The idea of weaving in crochet threads seems like a unique type of crochet but it has a great look when it is done. Thanks for sharing

  5. lyonwriter says:

    I love plaid, so this really jumped out at me as a beautiful afghan! You say it is relatively easy – just very time consuming. That adds so much to the appeal because it “looks” like it would have to be extremely complicated. I, however, am not a fan of color changes, so I would probably not get very far trying this one. 😉
    Lisa

  6. LeeAnne and Lisa – thank you much for the kind words. Lisa – the process itself was very easy. I would not have any hesitation recommending this for a beginner crocheter. I personal do not mind weaving in ends, but I know through experiencing with teaching that everybody share my views on this. Their were 273 ends to weave in on this afghan. But on the positive note you would perfect this process by the time you were done with this afghan and I really liked the finished project.

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  8. Tracie says:

    I must do this for my husband, in one of his family tartans – the Loud MacLeod! Google that, but have your dark sunglasses ready when you find it. It’s a serious eye-burner. 🙂

  9. It was a very easy afghan to complete but I must tell you ahead of time, it was also a very time consuming one. I really enjoyed crocheting and could see myself working another one. Would love to see your when you are finished. My email is crochetingwithpassion@gmail.com

  10. Bronwyn says:

    Hi – I love the colors you chose for the rug – were they your own choice or did you follow the pattern suggestions for color ? The reason I am asking is I am thinking of purchasing the book for the very reason of using the same colr choice and would prefer to have it all written out for me than using my own guess work? Beautiful rug, by the way.

  11. The colors I used for the afghan above are Red Heart Yarn in the colors of Tea Leaf, Hunter Green, Frosty Green, Black and Aran. The yellow is from Orlon Sayelle which was in my stash and I am not really sure of the exact name for the color. I am so glad you like it the end results, I was really happy when it was finished. It is a great book for crocheter’s who would like to develop their skills with some special crocheting techniques. Would love to hear how you are coming along with it. I post finished projects from people on my Facebook page if you would ever like to share.

  12. Jean says:

    I use the end of chain as part of a tassel save sew in ends.For different one Ialso weave the chains in the same.

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