Looking for the best tapestry crochet patterns out there? Check out our collection of more than 25 awesome and FREE patterns!
New year, new you! If improving your crochet skills is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then why not start by learning a new crochet skill. If you have never tried tapestry crochet before, then it’s time to change that!
There are many different ways to incorporate multiple colors into your crochet projects and tapestry crochet is one of my favorites. One of my favorite things about this technique is that you don’t end up with a million ends to weave in. I also think that this technique produces some of the cleanest color changes possible.
Many of the free tapestry crochet patterns we are featuring today are great choices for crocheters who are new to the technique. That’s great news for beginners! But don’t worry if you are a tunisian crochet pro, because there are a few trickier patterns thrown into the mix. Keep an eye out for those if you are looking for a challenge!
Have I piqued your interest? Alright! Then I guess it’s time to talk about all the totally awesome and free tapestry crochet patterns that we have curated for you today. The tapestry crochet technique is really versatile and it can be used to make a wide variety of crochet projects. Some of the fantastic patterns that we are featuring today include beanies, blankets, and baskets – and those are just the B’s! There are also free crochet patterns for coasters, pillows, cowls, and so much more.
So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down and see all these fantastic and free tapestry crochet patterns for yourself!
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Tips for Working Tapestry Crochet
- Make sure you carry the color you are working along the top of the work and crochet over it. This will keep you from having “floats” on the back of your work. Keep in mind, though, that this does change the texture of the fabric. I find that my tapestry crochet pieces are stiffer than if I bring the yarn along behind the work.
- Make sure you are changing colors in the middle of a stitch. You need to work the stitch (usually single crochet) to the last 2 loops on the hook and draw through the last 2 loops with the color needed for the next stitch. If you don’t do this, your color work will look “off”.
- Keep your yarns separated, especially if working with more than 2 colors. This way they won’t get tangled up. If I’m working with 2 colors, I keep one on the left and one on the right and always make sure they aren’t getting twisted up. Working with more colors? Just give each one its own spot.
25+ Totally Awesome and Free Tapestry Crochet Patterns
1. 2022 New Year Cup Cozy
Ring in the new year with a fun and festive cup cozy. This crochet project is a great choice for using up scrap yarn. It’s also a great way to cut down on waste, because you’ll be able to say “no thank you” to those single use cup sleeves. Plus, it’s just really stinking cute – especially with the multicolored yarn!
Designer: Simply Hooked by Janet
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn! (Aran Weight #4)
2. Basket with Diamonds
This basket design combines a sophisticated color palette with an on trend geometric design. It’s a practical piece that you can use to enhance your organization. (Bonus points if getting more organized was one of your new year’s resolutions!). However you decide to use it, it’s sure to look great doing it!
Designer: Nordic Hook
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
3. Houndstooth Slouch
You can easily reach that happy place of crochet zen and relaxation with free tapestry crochet patterns that have a repetitive design. This classic houndstooth pattern is easy to achieve with this technique and it really gives your crochet projects a clean and modern look. The pattern is crocheted in the round from the bottom up.
Designer: A Crocheted Simplicity
Yarn: Patons North America Classic Wool Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
4. Crochet Penguin Coaster
Quick question: what’s your least favorite part of crocheting? If you said weaving in ends, then you are going to love this pattern! That’s right, you get to skip that step with this adorable fringed coaster design. You’ll fasten off at the end of each row and reattach your yarn at the beginning. This also helps the image line up properly.
Designer: The Loopy Lamb
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Solids (Worsted Weight #4)
5. Drawstring Bag Lucy
A cute and colorful crochet bag is just the thing to hold all your small trinkets and treasures. You could also use it as a gift bag for a piece of jewelry or something of similar size. As far as free crochet tapestry crochet patterns go, this one is on the easier side because there are only two colors and the pattern is fairly simple. That’s great news for beginners!
Designer: Nordic Hook
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
6. Home Heart Pillow
Add a homemade touch to your decor with this soft and sweet pillow. The design features a heartwarming message and a fuzzy heart that’s made with faux fur yarn. You can make short work of this tapestry crochet throw pillow thanks to the super bulky weight yarn. The front and back are crocheted individually and then sewn together.
Designer: Fox & Pine Stitches
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick and
Bernat Sheepy (Super Bulky Weight #6)
7. Gingham Plaid Scrunchie
You can combine your love of plaid with your love of trendy hair accessories with this adorable Gingham Plaid Scrunchie design. Grab 3 colors of yarn and follow along with the youtube video tutorial to learn how to make them. They are addictively quick to make and they are great for gifts once you have made enough for yourself.
Designer: Passionate Crafter
Yarn: Stylecraft Special Double Knit (DK Weight #3)
8. Zipper Pouch with a Pawprint
Cat lovers and dog lovers unite! A paw print zipper pouch is the perfect way to show off your love of pets. This pouch is a good size for holding pencils, crochet hooks and little notebooks. The free crochet pattern even includes instructions for adding the zipper and sewing in the optional lining.
Designer: Nordic Hook
Yarn: (DK Weight #3)
9. Pony Creek Fair Isle Cowl
The secret to a fantastic fair isle design is to choose colors that have a high contrast. You can see this tip in action in the Pony Creek Fair Isle Cowl. Since this design only has two colors and the pattern isn’t too tricky, this crochet project is a great choice for crocheters who are new to the tapestry crochet technique.
Yarn: Knit Picks High Desert Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
10. Fawn Amigurumi
Have you seen this 2D style of crochet stuffed animal before? The front and the back are crocheted separately and then sewn together at the end. Each piece is worked in back and forth rows, so you’ll need your tapestry crochet skills to switch between the two colors in this pattern. The result is just as soft and snuggly as any crochet amigurumi, especially if you use velvet.
Designer: Spin a Yarn Crochet
Yarn: Go Handmade Bohème Velvet Aran (Aran Weight #4)
11. Patchwork Cushion
The next one of our free tapestry crochet patterns features 3 colors and multiple designs. It’s a fun and eclectic throw pillow that is sure to breathe some new life into any room of your house. The original pattern calls for super thin yarn, but you could totally size up if you don’t mind a larger pillow.
Designer: Natalia Gresz
Yarn: Four Seasons Gründl Häkelgarn 100 (Lace Weight #0)
12. Llama Wall Hanging
Double the trends with the next design – wall hangings and llamas. These colorful crochet creations have been a really popular form of home decor lately, and llamas have been enjoying their time in the spotlight lately too. Put them together and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.
Yarn: Tivoli Acrylic DK (DK Weight #3)
13. Moon Shadow Blanket
Let’s get celestial with a lunar inspired blanket that’s sure to impress. The main part of the blanket is made up of granny squares, and the moon phase panels along the top and bottom are made with regular single crochet tapestry crochet. I love how cute and original this design is. I want one of these blankets for myself!
Designer: Red Heart Design Team
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids (Aran Weight #4)
14. Polka Dots Mug Rug
Here’s another one of our free tapestry crochet patterns that’s perfect for beginners. You’re going to love the simple design, the fact that you only have to juggle two colors, and the satisfaction you’re going to feel when you finish it! Plus, coasters are super quick to make, so it’s a great opportunity to practice your skills.
Designer: Raffamussa Designs
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (DK Weight #3)
15. Gilal Diamond Throw
Did you know that the tapestry crochet technique can also be used with tunisian crochet? This delightful duo yields clean and crisp color changes. It’s actually a really smart idea for a blanket because it makes the fabric of the work very opaque (no holey blankets here!). Check out this stunning pattern!
Designer: Exquisite Crochet UK
Yarn: The Women’s Institute Soft and Smooth
(Aran Weight Held Double = Super Bulky Weight #6)
16. Diamond Ladder Cowl
The Diamond Ladder Cowl is intricate made easy. The striking geometric pattern looks difficult, but it’s actually really manageable, especially since you are only working with two colors. Sometimes tapestry crochet projects can get a bit stiff, but this one still has a good amount of drape, which is an absolute must for a cowl.
Designer: Ned & Mimi
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran (Aran Weight #4)
17. Lone Mesa Pillow
Some of my favorite free tapestry crochet patterns incorporate a color changing yarn. It’s an easy way to make any design look extraordinary, especially when you choose a neutral color for the background. Maybe that’s why I like this Lone Mesa Pillow so much! What do you think of this colorful design?
Designer: Susan E. Kennedy for I Like Crochet
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport Solids & Marls and
Lion Brand Mandala (DK Weight #3)
18. Litoral Wallet and Handbag
While I’m a huge fan of self striping yarns, I often struggle to make variegated yarns look good. That’s what makes this matching wallet and handbag combination so impressive! The duo are named “litoral” after the spanish word for “coastline” because they’re the perfect pair for a day at the beach.
Designer: Thread of Life Designs
Yarn: CasaSol Eco Combi (DK Weight #3)
19. Dandelion Crop Cardi
Experience tapestry crocheters will love the challenge of this gorgeous cropped cardigan. The pattern incorporates advanced garment construction techniques and multiple colors. The result is nothing short of stunning. The cropped fit and the floral design make me think of spring. This would make a great transitional piece for your wardrobe.
Designer: Brenda K. B. Anderson for WeCrochet
Yarn: Knit Picks Palette (Fingering Weight #1)
20. You, Me & the Cats
Celebrate all the special people and pets in your life with this tapestry crochet blanket and pillow combo. Not a fan of cats? No worries, there’s also a version with dogs where the pillow says woof! Blankets can take a while to crochet, but the thicker weight yarn called for here really helps cut down on time.
Designer: Briana K Designs
Yarn: Premier Yarns Basix Chunky (Bulky Weight #5)
21. Diamond Rug
While traditionally made with single crochet stitches, there are some patterns that use the tapestry crochet technique with half double crochet stitches instead. This is such a smart choice for a rug design because it lets you finish in half the time. My favorite part about this pattern is all the tips and tricks that it includes to help you get the best results.
Designer: Hilja Design
Yarn: Hoooked Zpagetti (Jumbo Weight #7)
22. Mini First Aid Pouch
The next one of our free tapestry crochet patterns combines safety and style. These little first aid pouches are just too adorable and I love that they have a little loop and carabiner so you can attach them to your backpack or bag. This pattern is a must have for all of life’s adventures, especially if you’re traveling with kids.
Designer: Winding Road Crochet
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids (Aran Weight #4)
23. Lily Patch
Here’s another way to practice your tapestry crochet skills. This picture shows 4 granny squares that are seamed together. Each square is made using double crochet stitches and the tapestry crochet technique in the round. I really like the look of this design, because it reminds me of a kaleidoscope.
Designer: Lorna O’Brien
Yarn: Berroco Vintage® DK (DK Weight #3)
24. Simply Wild Beanie
Are you ready to walk on the wild side? Using double crochet stitches and 3 colors of yarn, you can recreate this colorful leopard print beanie. We all know someone who loves leopard print (or maybe it’s you!) so this is a great pattern to have in your back pocket when you need a special gift.
Designer: Nicole Chase Crochet
Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Worsted and
Knit Picks Brava Worsted (Worsted Weight #4)
25. Herringbone Tunisian Crochet Wrap
Once you put this cozy blanket scarf on, you will never want to take it off. Tunisian crochet stitches create a thick and solid fabric that is sure to keep you warm on the coldest of days. The best part is the herringbone pattern created by the tapestry crochet technique. It really looks sophisticated in two different shades of brown.
Designer: Ned & Mimi for Make and Do Crew
Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland (Aran Weight #4)
More Free Tapestry Crochet Patterns from Love.Life.Yarn
If you have never tried any free tapestry crochet patterns before, promise me that you will try one of these! I know that this technique can look intimidating, but it’s honestly one of my all time favorites and you won’t be disappointed. Let me know your favorite pattern from this list in the comments below!
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Common Questions about Tapestry Crochet Patterns
Tapestry crochet is typically worked in the single crochet stitch. This stitch is short and almost square, so it works well with color charts, however it is not completely square, so the charts do tend to slant a bit.
Intarsia is the technique of using a bobbin for each different color and carrying the unused colors behind the work. In tapestry crochet you are crocheting over the unused colors and you won’t have any “floats” on the back of your work.
These are two very different techniques. In tapestry crochet you are working across one row of a color chart, usually in single crochet, and working over the unused colors. In mosaic crochet, you often use double crochet stitches and you work into rows below.
You can use any yarn you like, however keep in mind that the yarns will be crocheted over, so try not to choose yarns that are too thick or choose too many colors in one row. You can work tapestry crochet in any yarn weight, from lace to jumbo.