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Overlay Crochet

Overlay crochet is quite new to the crochet scene. Many different colors of yarn are used to create these amazing pieces of art.  It’s beautiful, bright and looks very intricate and complicated. To paint an even more vivid picture, it has been compared to looking through a kaleidoscope. 

This technique was started by Melody MacDuffee, who also makes gorgeous jewelry.  She’s very creative with her artwork and it shows in this amazing type of crochet.  She takes crochet to a whole new level.  It will be exciting to see more and more of it as time goes by.

With many types of crochet, your choice of yarn with not affect the look of your final project.  However, with this technique it will.  Everything I’ve learned says stiffer yarns, such as cotton, are best.  So you’ll want to stay away from the softer acrylics and wools.  You’ll be happier with your finished work if you do.

This type of crochet uses lots of front and back post stitches much like Aran crochet does and that’s where it has its beginnings.  This method makes the different colors look like they change mid round and the raised stitches that working front and back posts create give your piece a stunning 3-D look, too.

What you need to know before you start Overlay Crochet

Most classes for this technique call for advanced crocheters. I believe this is because many of the patterns can be rather complicated and many beginners will become frustrated easily with it.  But, if you’re determined, with some patience and practice you can learn this method.

If you want to give it a try, here’s a few things you’ll need to know. 

  • You’ll need to know your basic stitches and variations of them, including increases, and decreases.  
  • It’s important that you understand how to work in the front and back loops as well.
  • You will need to know how to work both front post and back post stitches. 
  • You will need to be able to keep your gauge accurate.
  • You will need to be able to read and understand crochet patterns.

When you have all these skills down, you’ll be ready to give it a try. Be patient with yourself.  Don’t try to rush.   Read and follow the instructions carefully.  You’ll have this down in no time at all.

It really is a gorgeous method of crochet.  Your projects will be ones that you’ll want to share with everyone!

Lilla Björn’s Crochet World has great instructions for overlay crochet here.

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