There are so many methods of doing colorwork in crochet: tapestry, mosaic, stranded Fair Isle, and overlay, to name a few. Most of these methods do not render a fabric that's attractive on both sides, so are usually limited to one-sided items like hats, bags or coasters, or render a fabric that’s too stiff for clothing or blankets. Laurinda Reddig has come up with an adaptation of the intarsia method that renders a truly reversible fabric with great drape, and with the same pattern or image on both sides.
In January Mary introduced us to Laurinda's method, which is covered in great detail in her book "Reversible Color Crochet". We learned how to change colors, how to hide dropped colors without carrying, how to manage multiple yarn bobbins, and started to learn shaping techniques using “late” color changes. This month we’ll continue with Laurinda’s method and learn more shaping techniques that will allow us to reproduce all kinds of traditional quilt patterns and “picture” blocks. We will work on small projects in class that would be suitable for coasters or trivets, but could easily be adapted to larger blocks for afghans or other projects. Even if you're not interested in making a large project in intarsia, these methods for making nearly invisible color changes can enhance your colorwork using other crochet methods, so come explore this new perspective on crochet colorwork with us!
If you are interested in this class but were not able to join us for the January Introduction, give Mary a call and we’ll see if we can get you caught up before class starts on 3/7. If you purchase Laurinda’s book, studying Squares 1, 2, and 5 would bring you up to speed.