Crochet Colorwork Techniques
Create complex looks with simple techniques that let you crochet changing colors! Designer Marly Bird is here to help you every step of the way. During class, you'll start with two classic colorwork patterns: chevrons and Catherine's wheel. Then, learn how to create captivating crochet spirals, fun 3-D flowers and lacy interwoven crochet. Want even more dimension? Marly guides you step by step through beautiful braided stripes and a variety of slip-stitch embellishments. You'll also learn to manage multiple live yarns and keep your rows and edges tidy. And by the end of class, you'll have a colorwork toolkit you can use to make any crochet project pop!
Marlaina "Marly" Bird fled the world of financial services to launch her Yarn Thing podcast and hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the star, not how you work with it. She's creative director for Bijou Basin Ranch Yarns and the co-author of "Curvy Crochet" (Leisure Arts, 2011). You've seen her designs in "Knit Simple," "Interweave Crochet," "Knitscene," "Inside Crochet," "Wild Fiber" and "Petite Purls", and in the books "Perfectly Plus" and "Knitting Plus". In her spare time she raises three kids in suburban Denver. Enter the world of Marly at www.marlybird.com.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet instructor Marly Bird and spice up your crochet with fantastic patterns and vibrant yarns. To start things off, Marly teaches you to work chevrons (sometimes called ripples) as well as the whimsical Catherine's wheel pattern.
Now that you have two simple colorwork patterns in your repertoire, turn your focus to a beautiful spiral motif that's sure to catch the eye. Learn how to start at the center, easily keep track of your four colors, grow the spiral and finish it perfectly.
Want your crochet to pop? Add dimension to double crochet with lovely flowers that seem to float on your background. Marly starts with flower placement before showing you how to create flowers within the pattern row to avoid weaving in ends.
Crochet flowers aren't the only way to add dimension! Marly shares how to layer your lacy stitches with techniques for interwoven crochet. By working into the front and back of your two base layers, you'll create reversible fabric, but it's up to you whether both sides match!
Create beautiful braided stripes that make for a fun optical illusion. Marly shows you how, beginning with a row of double crochet. Then, discover how to stack your loops for braiding, change colors and loop your layers.
If you know how to slip a stitch, you can create a number of embellishments for a polished finish! Start by using slipped stitches for rich surface crochet and tartan plaid. Then, see how using a template can help create fun patterns on crocheted fabric. Marly even finishes with steps for crochet appliqués and 3-D stitches worked on a flat surface.