Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Interlocking Crochet

So I saw these pictures and thought, hmmm, interesting - how do you do that?

Maybe you make the background mesh first, a treble/chain/treble/chain etc, (the pink here) and then do the other coloured rows?

Tried that.  Nope.

Didn't know what it was called - not filet, as I couldn't find an example with two yarns, not overlay...

So I asked on a couple of Facebook crochet groups, and bingo!  A lovely person pointed me at this YouTube video:


The YouTube instructor, Tanis Galik, calls it Interlocking Crochet, and has a website with the same name demonstrating a bunch of interesting ways to create interlocking patterns.

http://interlockingcrochet.com/ic-technique/ is the link to where she explains the technique in words and photos.

As you can see in the video, it's different front and back: rows on one, columns on the other.  An opportunity to play with colour.  The video uses two colours, but I also like the stripes of the first picture I found. That picture is a close cousin of the interlocking technique demonstrated above, but not quite the same...

It's also cousin of front and back post crochet and the textures those stitches can create.

There would be a certain weight to the final product due to the density and doubling: a larger blanket in 8 ply wool wouldn't be light for its size.  Maybe better in 4 ply for a larger blanket, or if it's for a baby.

Something new to try.

Note: links are in US crochet terminology.

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