How to Maintain Proper Tension While Doing Tapestry Crochet

Before you watch the video, I want to talk about some things I didn’t mention in the video. I’ve had a few people ask me about my choice of needle size. I generally choose a smaller hook than what is typically recommended for the yarn weight. The reason I do this is to make sure that the stitches are nice and tight so the carried yarn doesn’t show through.

For example, if you look up “yarn weight chart,” you should find charts that explain what each weight is generally used for, and recommended hook sizes. Both of the projects that I’m working on right now are made of worsted weight yarn. For worsted weight yarn, it’s recommended that you should use at least a size I-9 hook (5.5 mm) But in the video below, I’m using a size G-6 hook, which is 4 mm.

What I would recommend when choosing a hook size is to go a couple sizes under what is recommended, try it out and see if it’s both comfortable and if it hides the carried yarn. If you have those two things, I would say you’re good to go. (Of course, hook size will affect the overall size of your work, so keep that in mind, too.)

With all that in mind, go ahead and check out the video. I hope it’s helpful for you and that it brings you at least one step closer to comfortable crocheting.

Rebecca Medina

Rebecca Medina

Hello there, I'm Rebecca! I love creating beautiful things from nothing, which is why I love crocheting. I especially love the tapestry method.. but as I've been picking it up, I've noticed that it's completely underrated! I made this site to spread the word about the greatness of tapestry crochet. I hope that my passion becomes yours and that you create something beautiful today 🙂
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3 thoughts on “How to Maintain Proper Tension While Doing Tapestry Crochet

  1. Marilyn Robertson says:

    where do I find yarn recommendation? love this article will watch over weekend. I got a job 4 weeks ago first time in 9 years of retirement. Haven’t had time to crochet.

    • Rebecca Medina says:

      Hi Marilyn! I wish I could give you a specific recommendation but I almost always buy my from Goodwill and other thrift stores. Most times the yarn comes without labels, so I sometimes am not even exactly sure what weight I’m using. I’m hoping that in the future I’ll be able to give you all recommendations. I would say I mostly used worsted weight because that’s what I usually find at thrift stores, but weights lighter than that are much more ideal. Another thing is when the plies are really loose, since tapestry crochet stitches are generally tighter, loose plies can cause the hook to get caught between the plies. I hope that helps!

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