Tutorial:: Freeform Crochet

Recently I have been experimenting with freeform crochet. I was struggling for ideas for my postcards for the International Postcard Show. I was only limited by size (10cm by 15cm, depth of 5mm)  I had tried and frogged and tried again. Then I decided I wouldn’t be limited by counting stitches or rows, patterns or rules and go a little crazy (well only 150cm² of crazy) and  play around with freeform.

Here’s my finished postcard:

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Title: Freeform

You can see more examples and other WIPs on my instagram @dominiquekmitchell

I really like the aesthetics, it was fun to make and very relaxing! I didn’t have to count endlessly and worry about missing stitches. I have since decided to make four larger freeform (around A4 size) pieces that I’ll frame and hang up somewhere in my dinky flat to bring a pop of colour.  I’ll post about that when I’ve finished.

Anyway, I thought I would make a little freeform tutorial for anyone out there wanting to experiment, or for anyone wanting to take a break from rows and stitches.

Freeform Crochet Tutorial

Difficulty:: Intermediate (Requires colour changing , magic loop, HTR stitch) 

Stitches::

sl st [slip stitch] :: insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch, then through the loop on your hook.

htr [half treble crochet] :: yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (threeloops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.

Equipment:: Crochet hook, scissors, yarn of your choice in multiple colours.

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As long as the crochet hook is appropriate for the yarn choice the freeform will work fine.  I’m currently using 2mm crochet hook and 2ply cotton yarn from woolwarehouse. I feel like it gives a lot of detail but obviously it takes longer, you could go for aran yarn and a size 5mm crochet hook and make something double the size in half the time!

The beauty of freeform is all in the name, free. So, I guess this “tutorial” is kind of paradoxical but hey ho.

You can start however you like but this time I decided to begin with a magic loop.

Round 1:: Chain 4, sl st into the fourth chain from the loop to make a ring. Work 11 htr into the ring. I joined the last htr to the first.

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Round 2:: I crocheted 2 htr in every stitch around, again joining the last stitch with the first stitch with a sl st.(22st)

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Round 3 :: Chain 2, htr in same space, *chain 2, htr after two stitches*, repeat * until you are back to the first chain 2 and sl st to join.

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Round 4 :: Chain two, htr in same stitch. 10 Htr in each stitch around. Chain 10 and join to htr using slst to a stitch three gaps away.

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Round 5 :: I worked so many htr across the chain then chained again and connected that to another half treble.

I lose track a little around here!

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You see, it’s very random and mostly based on feeling. Where do you think it should go, where does it look good, what fits and what doesn’t. There isn’t really a set pattern. I recommend just experimenting with some yarn and a hook.

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Round 6 :: Continue to htr across the chains.

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Round 7 :: Continue chaining and working htr across the chains.

Now you can see it growing and it’s looking good.

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Round 8 :: Keep going! But I think that’s enough orange for now.

TOP TIP:: Avoid adding too many stitches in one area or it will cause the piece to pucker and ruffle (unless that is the look you’re going for – I wanted mine to lie flat) occasionally lay out your piece to see if there is any puckering.

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Round 9 :: Attach another colour yarn and chain 2, htr in the same stitch. Then continue as before, chaining and htr everywhere.

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Round 10 :: It’s growing even more! I’m not really thinking too much about what I’m doing. I’m just hooking and adding chains and stitches where I think it looks good and until I’m bored of the colour.

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Round 11 : I added another colour and I’ll keep going as before until I reach the desired size.

End of tutorial! I think that gives you a good idea of freeform!

Here are some other examples I’ve made (these will be framed once large enough):

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I haven’t woven any ends in, I like to save that job for last!

So that was a quick tutorial about freeform. Sorry if it was a little confusing!

I recommend you experiment with different stitches (trebles, popcorn ect) and different fibres (mohair, alpaca, t-shirt) and see what you end up with.

In this tutorial I’ve stayed simple using one stitch and one type of yarn (cotton) because I prefer the end result but you’re welcome to root through you’re stash and  mix it all up!

This is a great stash busting project!

Hope this was helpful and I’d love to see any of the freeform projects you make, tag me as @dominiquekmitchell on instagram and I’ll come and have a look.

Here are some futher links about free form crochet:

CROCHET ARTIST:: One of my favourite crochet artists, really uses hooks and yarn to paint masterpieces. Check her out here.

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Thanks for reading

Dominique

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