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Crocheting on Canvas

I also call this technique Surface Chaining cause you work it on the surface of the material you are working with. I first learned of this technique in Torstar Book's Stitch By Stitch Volume 15 page 23. This book really explains it very well and has great pictures of how this is done. I have designed a few patterns which uses this technique and they are listed above.

To work this technique, hold the yarn or thread under the canvas or material you are working with and insert your hook into the hole indicated in your pattern and yo and pull up a lp then insert your hook in the next hole according to your pattern, yo and pull up alp and bring it through the loop on your hook. Continue in this way following the pattern as indicated until complete.

The instructions may indicate you will change colors. The best way to do this is to cut the yarn and bring it up through the lp on your hook then with a needle, pass it down through the same hole as you finished then weave the end into the back of the work. Use this finishing technique whenever changing colors.

Below are a few materials you can use and what size hooks are recommended for each as well as what type of thread or yarn should be used. There are also some ideas you can do with each.

Rug Canvas
Rug canvas comes in different mesh sizes ranging from 14 squares to 2" to 7 squares to 2". It is generally called even weave canvas and it can be used to make rugs, belts, trivets, coasters, seat covers and more items. The best hook sizes to use are H, G & E for this type of canvas.

Plastic Canvas
Plastic canvas comes in 14 count, 10 count and 7 count. I used 7 count with a size D aluminum crochet hook to make the coaster noted above. I recommend using steel crochet hooks sizes 8 and 11 for the 10 count and 14 count respectively. Projects you could make with plastic canvas could be coasters, jewelry ornaments and more. I also recommend using embroidery floss or thread for the finer mesh plastic canvas. For the 7 count plastic canvas I would not use anything bigger than sport weight yarn.

Cross Stitch Fabric
Cross stitch fabric would be great for making wall hangings, jewelry, ornaments and more. :) I would use small steel crochet hooks such as size 7 for the larger holes and down to an 11 for 22 count aida cloth. and embroidery floss and threads.

Filet Crochet Mesh
You could make an afghan using filet crochet then go over it with a contrasting color worked in stripes or in a zig zag pattern using either yarn or thread. Imagine a tablecolth worked with this. It would be time consuming but breathtaking!

Afghan Stitch Crochet
You could apply this technique to afghan stitch panels to create all sorts of interesting designs. I will not go into great detail here but you could use your imagination!