Who knew?

Yarn under the hook using Esther’s method . . .

. . . or yarn over the hook as usual?

Who would have thought that grabbing the yarn from the front or the back would make a difference?

The top two rows of cats were crocheted with the yarn under technique while the bottom two rows of cats were crocheted with the usual yarn over method. The stitches under the stripes were crocheted one over the other.
Comparing the stripes from the above example, the cats that were tapestry crocheted with the yarn under technique slant slightly less.

Not only does the design slant less with the yarn under technique, but there’s a sharper color transition. Less of the carried color is seen (especially where colors are changed) in the top two rows of cats. Why is that? Perhaps because the yarn twists slightly differently when yarning under.

If only I had paid closer attention in Guatemalan so many years ago! I always wondered why the motifs on their tapestry crocheted fabric slanted less than mine.

So now there’s a subtle additional tapestry crochet design choice! For tapestry crocheting zig-zags or the bottoms of hearts (where more of a slant is desired) then yarn over the hook. For less slant, yarn under!

12 Responses to “Who knew?”

  1. Thank you for explaining this. All these years, I thought I was crocheting “wrong,” but now you tell me I was just using a different technique, one with certain advantages. For some reason, I feel much better about it!

  2. wendy herdman says:

    Thanks for posting clear enough pics to figure out what was being described. Gotta’ admit, I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was as I’ve always done my YO with the yarn going under the hook.

  3. judy says:

    I just realized it, while making a small tote that is graphed: I’ve been doing it Esther’s way, too – I began crocheting graphs a long time agoand just always enveloped the yarn that way.

  4. Judy and Wendy – you’re lucky you’ve been doing it Esther’s way because it appears to produce a better result!

  5. oliviaP says:

    carambas! pues sí que tienes razón, a ver si me entero bien de la técnica por mi inglés tan poor, como no me ponga yo a hacerlo no lo veo bien, : ), muchísimas gracias Carol, pues casi me gusta más las dos primeras filas, cierto, un saludo, hace a nice week!

  6. PJ says:

    I crochet (although have never tapestry) -love this kind of tutor post! I def. can see the difference

  7. Vibeskat says:

    Thanks for posting about this. I will have to try this out.

  8. alice says:

    Thanks for posting the clear pictures of telling us how to crochet. Very helpful post!

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  11. kim says:

    Hi! I just wanted to point out that the photos are at different points of forming the stitch. I do both that you have pictured. When inserting my hook into my work and pulling up a loop, I yarn under (or hook over) same as picture 1, but when I am doing all the other yarn overs required for the stitch, I yarn over as per picture 2. I saw somewhere that it’s which technique you use when inserting into the fabric that determines the amount of slant. Apparently no1 offsets the twist so you have straighter stacking. Or maybe it’s the other way. You should test it out. ?

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