Surface Crochet

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Surface crochet is a great technique. It works in freeform crochet, tapestry crochet, and all sorts of patterns, from simple to complex. It’s basically a way of working a line (or curve, or circle, etc) across the surface of a piece. It doesn’t have to follow any predetermined line or pattern – you can go wherever you want with it. It’s confusing to read about though – the first time I encountered it in a set of written instructions, all I could say was, “huh?” I figured it out eventually, but a video sure would have been easier. So without further ado…

How to Surface Crochet

When you’re all done with your line, just break the yarn, pull the end up to the front or right side through the last loop, and use a tapestry or yarn needle to go back into the same hole and weave the end in on the wrong side.

Surface crochet can be a major part of a crochet project, or it can be just a tiny embellishment. It’s perfect for adding color and interest when you don’t want to add bulk or weight, and for outlining color changes to give them a smoother line. Once you try it and see how simple it is to do, I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to use this fun technique.

Have you made any projects using surface crochet before? What did you think? Are there any other techniques or stitches that you’d like to see a video tutorial for here at moogly? Let me know in the comments – I love to take requests!

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  1. 1

    Doug says

    Thank you, a video makes is sooo much easier to understand.
    I’m curious what/how you tie off to end the surface crochet without having a knot on the front surface…

    • 2

      moogly says

      On my phone, forgive the brevity…
      Cut the yarn, and pull it tio the front. Thread it on a yarn needle and sew it back down into the hole it came from, being sure to go over the loop of the last stitch. Then weave the end in on the wrong side as usual. Hope that helps.

    • 4

      moogly says

      When you are all done, cut the yarn and pull the it on up through the last stitch. Thread this yarn on a tapestry needle and poke it back through the same stitch, being sure to sew over that last loop and secure it down. Weave in the end on the back of the project. (Sorry I forgot to include that in the video – bit of a brain fart there!)

  2. 5

    Robyn says

    I’ve just thought my self over the last few months, crochet and knitting ,with videos. I’ve got the books but you really can’t see everything, like a video.

  3. 6

    terri says

    can you do crochet eyes with this l mean make them ding this stitch Thank you or can you tell me how to crochet eyes please


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