Surface Crochet

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Have you been looking for a technique to spruce up your crochet designs?

If so, you may want to give the surface crochet a try. Surface crochet has been used in many different ways including stripes, borders and letters…yes you can even write on your crochet with this technique!

As you can see above, I used the surface crochet technique to add a couple of stripes to my washcloth. You can see the full video demonstration in just a minute, but first I want to highlight a very important characteristic of surface crochet.

Surface crochet has a different appearance on both sides.

The image on the left is what the surface crochet looks like on the right side, or the side which faces up as you crochet along. The image on the right is what the surface crochet looks like on the wrong side, or the side which is underneath as you crochet.

Use this knowledge on purpose!

In some cases you may want just a thin, solid line to show on the right side of your project. In that case, you want to make sure the wrong side of your crochet piece faces up when working the surface crochet.

In other cases you may want a thicker, braided line to show on the right side of your project. In this case, you want to make sure the right side of your crochet piece faces up when working the surface crochet.

You will need…

A crochet hook, some yarn and a crochet item work work alongside me on this tutorial. You may use any size hook and yarn and any crochet piece. I do, however, recommend that you match the hook size to the yarn that you will be surface crocheting with and its not a bad idea to match the hook and yarn with those used for the crochet piece.

For this tutorial, I will be surface crocheting on a washcloth using cotton, worsted weight yarn and a size 5.5 mm hook. You can get the free pattern (with video tutorial) for the wash cloth here.

Surface Crochet: Video Demonstration

This video is available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left hand tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

You will need to first decide on the pattern you would like to surface crochet and have a general idea of where your surface crochet stitches need to be. If working a straight line, little planning needs to take place. However, if you are working with letters or curved lines, stitch markers are helpful when mapping out the path of stitches. 

Create a slip knot with your surface crochet yarn. Insert your hook (from front to back) into the crochet piece and place the slip knot on your hook. Tighten the slip knot, but leave it a little loose. Pull the loop through your crochet piece.

Insert your hook into the crochet piece, YO (on the back side) and pull a loop through the piece and through the loop on your hook. Repeat this step until your design is complete. When you are ready to bind off, simply cut the yarn and pull up on the hook, pulling the tail through the last stitch. Weave in your ends as usual.

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