Freeform Crochet – Have You Tried it?


Let’s get ready to scrumble! Yes? Yes! Because if you can crochet, you can scrumble. Scrumbling is a term used by some crocheters to describe the freeform fragments of their work before putting the pieces together. So scrumbling is the act of making freeform crochet pieces. Here’s an example of a scrumble:


Pretty neat right? Some scrumbles are intricate like this one, but they don’t have to be little. What’s interesting about scrumbling is that you don’t need a pattern to do it. Just combine the stitches you already know and make them into your own original design. No mistakes here, that’s for sure. It’s a very artistic form of crochet and can even include knitting. However, to start out on your quest, it might be helpful to loosely follow a free crochet pattern. You could crochet a sweater, a free afghan pattern or even a shawl and then incorporate a bit of freeform crochet here and there.

That’s the beauty of this type of crochet – there are no boundaries. You can do whatever you want. It does seem a bit daunting though, and if you’re feeling the same way, there’s a book to help you get comfortable with the art of freeform crochet:

Freeform Knitting and CrochetI think I need to get my hands on this book as well. It will give you a chance to practice scrumbling, and it will help me break out of my “stick-to-the-pattern” mode.

So, I encourage you all to try. And if not right now, think about trying freeform crochet/knitting down the road. It’s inspiring and a growing art form.

I fell in love with the colors and textures in these two pieces of freeform crochet. Blue crochet pieces remind me of summer crocheting. You can almost feel the sunshine and see the flowers and the blue skies of summer. I’m inspired by the colors alone, and if anything else I can gaurantee this color combination would make a wonderful crochet afghan. Just be sure to add a bit of scrumbling here and there – if you dare.

Freeform Crochet





Have you tried freeform crochet?

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  1. Virginia Bronner says

    Absolutely fascinating. Its creating art with all different colors, stitches and types of yarn. The sample that you show reminds me of an underwater scene.

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