What’s Woven Crochet? Well, it came to me in a dream last month, so I had to give it a go. I don’t know if the dream was a way of bringing up an old memory, or if it’s something new. Either way, I woke up and just had to try.

Woven Crochet - A technique tutorial by Jessie At Home

Products used in this tutorial were provided by Plaid Crafts and Cascade Yarn. All opinions are my own.

I experimented with a rectangle piece of woven crochet, and a circular piece. I’m going to walk through the rectangular piece, and then give a bit of a pattern for the circular piece. I’m sure I will be making more of these in the future, and I will make patterns for the trials that work well.

Rectangle Woven Crochet

I used the Bucilla Adjustable Weaving Loom for the rectangular piece, which was my first trial. The loom was adjusted to its largest size. I used crochet thread to warp the loop, following the loom warping instructions.

Woven Crochet - A technique tutorial by Jessie At Home - Rectangle Strung

Next I begin crocheting over the warp threads. At first I used a worsted weight yarn and a US G, 4.0 mm crochet hook. First I made a slip knot and pulled it up to the right side of the warp threads, leaving the working yarn in the back of the loom. I then begin slip stitching over each warp thread as follows.

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Insert the hook between the first and second warp and yarn over.

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Pull the yarn over through the loop on the hook, making a slip stitch over the first warp.

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Insert hook between the second and third warp and yarn over, then pull through the loop on the hook. This will make a slip stitch over the second warp. Continue in this manner all the way across the warps.

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At this point I realized my yarn was too bulky. I switched to Cascade Heritage Prints which is a size 1 (fingering/superfine), and kept the same hook. This worked much better. I think a size 2 yarn would also work.

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Once I got to the end of the first row, I flipped the loom upside down so the weaving was on the top and my hook was on the right side again, then made a second row going back the other way. The picture above is after I made the second row of woven crochet and then flipped the loom back. I repeated this for several rows.

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I used some of the various techniques in the instruction book that came with the loom to give me ideas on how to make various designs. First I started shortening the rows on just one side. After a few rows I started shortening the rows on both sides for a while.

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To make the puffy stitches I added in some chains. I slip stitched over one warp, then chained 5, then slipped stitched over 2 warps. I repeated the chain 5, sl st 2, across the entire row. On the next row I staggered the chain 5s so the were between the previous chain 5s.

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Then I just kept playing with shaping and texture.

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It was really fun to just play around and see what would happen.

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Whenever I made a slip stitch over a point where I had turned a row early, I put the hook through the bump at the turn before inserting it between the warps. When I pulled the yarn over through, I pulled it through everything and that helped smooth out the bumps.

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As I went on, I started getting brave. I had purposely chosen a color changing yarn so that I could use just one yarn and still see designs in the weaving.

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When I made one row join up against a previous short row, I slipped stitched through the bump just as before.

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Eventually I decided I was done and wanted to try taking it off the loom. So I popped it off and had a bunch of loops everywhere.

Woven Crochet - A technique tutorial by Jessie At Home - Tack Down Ends

To hide the loops I first layed the piece flat and pressed it with my hands to see if it wanted to grow at all. Next I threaded some crochet thread on a tapestry needle. I folded the loops down taking care not to pull them, and tacked them down at their end. Then I wove in all the ends.

Woven Crochet - A technique tutorial by Jessie At Home - Rectangle

Lastly I made several rounds of single crochet around the piece to help it hold shape. As you can see, it was an interesting shape. Still, pretty cool for an experiment.

Round Tutorial

The circular piece of woven crochet came out much better, so I wrote out the pattern. It could still use some tweaking, but here is what I did.

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I used the same thread, yarn, and hook as before. I warped the round loom as instructed. The thread ends in the center, so I pulled it back over the first spoke made and tied the ends together. This made one spoke have a doubled thread, which provided an easy way to see the start of each round.

Abbreviations used:
first spoke – the spoke with 2 strands of thread.
rsc – reverse single crochet
sl st – slip st

There are 27 spokes (threads from the center to the loom).
Rnd 1: Slst over first spoke, [make 1 sl st over 6 spokes] 4 times, make 1 sl st over 2 spokes. – {6 sts}
Rnd 2: [Make 1 sl st over 4 spokes] 6 times, make 1 sl st over 3 spokes. – {7 sts}
Rnd 3: [Make 1 sl st over 3 spokes] 9 times. – {9 sts}
Rnd 4: [Make 1 sl st over 2 spokes, sch] 9 times. – {18 sts}
Rnd 5: [Make 1 sl st over 2 spokes, 2 sch] 6 times, make 1 sl st over 2 spokes, sch. – {20 sts}
Rnds 6 & 7: Sl st around. – {27 sts}
Rnds 8 & 9: [4 sl st, ch] 6 times, 3 sl st, ch. – {34 sts}
Rnds 10 & 11: [2 sl st, ch] 13 times, sl st, ch. – {41 sts}
Rnds 12 & 13: [Sl st, ch] 2 times, *sl st, [sl st, ch] 3 times; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st, ch. – {48 sts}
Rnds 14 & 15: [Sch, ch] around. – {54 sts}
Rnds 16 & 17: *[Sl st, , ch] 3 times, sl st, ch 2; repeat from * 5 more times, [sl st, ch] 2 times, sl st, ch 2. – {61 sts}
Rnds 18 & 19: *Sl st, ch, sl st, ch 2; repeat from * 12 more times, sl st, ch 2. – {68 sts}
Rnds 20 & 21: [Sl st, ch 2] 2 times, *sl st, ch, [sl st, ch 2] 3 times; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st, ch 2. – {75 sts}
Rnds 22 & 23: [Sl st, ch 2] around. – {81 sts}
Rnds 24 & 25: *[Sl st, ch 2] 3 times, sl st, ch 3; repeat from * 5 more times, [sl st, ch 2] 2 times, sl st, ch 3. – {88 sts}
Rnds 26 & 27: *Sl st, ch 2, sl st, ch 3; repeat from * 12 more times, sl st, ch 3. – {95 sts}
Rnds 28 & 29: [Sl st, , ch 3] 2 times, *sl st, ch 2, [sl st, ch 3] 3 times; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st, ch 3. – {102 sts}
Rnds 30 & 31: [Sl st, ch 3] around. – {108 sts}
Rnds 32 & 33: *[Sl st, ch 3] 3 times, sl st, ch 4; repeat from * 5 more times, [sl st, ch 3] 2 times, sl st, ch 4. – {115 sts}
Rnds 34 & 35: *Ssl st, ch 3, sl st, ch 4; repeat from * 12 more times, sl st, ch 4. – {122 sts}
Rnds 36 & 37: [Sl st, ch 4] 2 times, *sl st, ch 3, [sch, ch 4] 3 times; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st, ch 4. – {129 sts}
Rnds 38 & 39: [Sch, ch 4] around. – {135 sts}
Rnds 40 & 41: *[Sl st, ch 4] 3 times, sl st, ch 5; repeat from * 5 more times, [sl st, ch 4] 2 times, sl st, ch 5. – {142 sts}
Rnds 42 & 43: *Sl st, ch 4, sl st, ch 5; repeat from * 12 more times, sl st, ch 5. – {149 sts}
Rnds 44 & 45: [Sl st, ch 5] 2 times, *sl st, ch 4, [sl st, ch 5] 3 times; repeat from * 5 more times, sl st, ch 5. – {156 sts}
Rnds 46 & 47: [Ssl st, ch 5] around. – {162 sts}

Border

Sl st around first spoke.
Remove piece from loom by pushing it up and off.
Begin crocheting in rounds leaving spoke string behind work.
Use removable stitch marker to mark the start of each round.

Rnd 1: Sc in back loop only of each st around, sl st to top of first sc. – {162 sc}
Rnd 2: Sc in each of next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in each of next 26 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, sc in each of next 13 sts, sl st to top of first sc. – {168 sc}
Rnd 3: [Sc in each of next 27 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times, sl st to top of first sc. – {174 sc}
Rnd 4: Sc in each of next 14 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in each of next 28 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, sc in each of next 14 sts, sl st to top of first sc. – {180 sc}
Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 29 sts, 2 sc in next st] 6 times, sl st to top of first sc. – {186 sc}
Rnd 6: Sc in each of next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st, [sc in each of next 30 sts, 2 sc in next st] 5 times, sc in each of next 15 sts, sl st to top of first sc. – {192 sc}
Rnd 7: *[Sc in each of next 7 sts working over thread from spokes below, sc in each of next 7 sts] 3 times, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 3 more times, sc in each of next 7 sts working over thread from spokes below, sc in each of next 6 sts, sc in each of next 6 sts working over thread from spokes below, 2 sc in last st working over threat from spokes below, sl st to top of first sc. – {196 sc}
Rnd 8: Rsc in each st around.

Fasten off and then weave in all ends.
Block piece.

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So there you have it, my experiments in woven crochet. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

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