Monogram crochet is when you crochet letters onto a fabric surface. The most common surfaces are blankets, doilies, sweaters, and scarves.
There are usually two methods to the process. Either adding the letters onto a fabric already created or designing a surface and adding the letters afterward.
Because there are so many styles you could choose, we won’t walk you through the step-by-step process. Instead, we will redirect you to the best patterns based on the style you prefer.
This way you can play around with the concepts before attempting your monogram crochet design.
If you’re looking for a monogram crochet, it’s unlikely that you’ll be after this design. But if you’re used to making 3D creations instead of blankets or scarves, then this pattern might seem more familiar.
Many people looking for letter patterns use them to teach children about the alphabet. If that’s why you’re reading this, then choose this design.
In recent years, people have gotten into crocheting because they want to build something fun and cute. This pattern would be the perfect present for a young child.
Now back to why you’re here. This design by The Yarn Conspiracy will help you create all the letters in the alphabet.
You can crochet the letters first and then create the rest of your item using the letters as a centering point, or you can create the letters and stitch them into a premade surface.
The end result will be a simple collection of letters, which use mostly straight lines to create the classic alphabet shapes.
The Yarn Conspiracy uses a collection of pastel yarn colors but suggests opting for Caron One Pound.
The letters will be between 3 inches by 2 inches or 3 inches by 3.5 inches in diameter.
Our second design from The Yarn Conspiracy is their lowercase letters collection. This version also includes numbers. You can buy both sets for a complete collection of the alphabet and numerical system.
The only thing you’re missing is mathematical symbols!
The yard used in this collection ranges in grays, whites, and blacks, however, you can use any color you prefer. The Yard Conspiracy suggests using worsted-weight yarn for both of their patterns.
If you were hoping for something more entwined, then this pattern by The Baby Crow could be the perfect fit. Instead of creating just the letters, they also offer a square patch that sits beneath the letters.
The patch will make it easier to crochet the letters onto other surfaces. This option is best suited for beginners, or those not used to blending one surface with another.
The Baby Crow suggests using the same colors in the letters as you do in the patches, however, it can make the letters harder to read. If you are comfortable switching colors mid-hook, then we suggest making the letters a different color to the background.
For a more whimsical or sophisticated design, you can use cursive letters instead. Your choice of colors will determine which side of the coin the style falls on.
The letters aren’t technically cursive in this pattern by The Homemaker By Emily, because they are all in uppercase. However, the flowing style and curvaceous creations stop them from looking rigid.
The Homemaker By Emily has also included different hook sizes and yardage based on the type of yarn weights you have. This way you can adapt the pattern based on your current supply, and know that the pattern will still work as intended.
Again, we are looking at The Homemaker By Emily’s design. This time instead of creating uppercase letters, Emily has created lowercase. This means the design is truly cursive and you can connect one letter to the next with ease.
The letters also look great when not touching, so you can follow any design you prefer.
If you’re hoping to create a grammatically correct sentence, you can use both designs for a cohesive look.
Just like our first suggestion, this pattern isn’t technically a monogram crochet. That’s because the letters are part of the first layer and there are no other layers for the pattern to go over.
However, if you were hoping for a design that fits seamlessly into a doily or other small covering design, then this pattern may be your best option.
Created by All My Styles, you type the word into their Etsy page and they will send you a personalized PDF that includes that word. The name can be up to 12 letters long, and all of the letters will be in uppercase.
Lastly, if you’re hoping for an alphabet that looks vintage, this 1920s design by Iva Rose may be the perfect option. You’ll end up with curved and dramatic letters on a doily surface.
The letters are hooked into a square base, which you can either sew a black backdrop onto or sew straight into your secondary fabric.
Admittedly, the pattern is confusing in parts, so make sure you have a lot of yarn, just in case re-does are in order.
The most important thing about adding monogram crochets is making sure the size of your letters (or other shapes) match each other. Without this consideration, the end result will feel mismatched and sloppy.
This means you need to follow a design or pattern that includes the whole alphabet. If you try to freestyle the creation, you will not end up with the best results.
The list we have provided above should offer you the range of styles you need to create the perfect monogram crochet for your project.
Remember that the Yarn Conspiracy collection is in upper and lower case but they are sold separately. The same goes for The Homemaker By Emily.
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