Wacky Weave is the term I use for interlocking crochet, also known as double filet. Nobody is really sure when this technique was invented, and by who. Unfortunately, one of the modern-day interlocking crochet specialists wanted to claim a patent and a copyright, even though there is evidence of patterns from as far back as the 70s. I did not want to use the term ‘interlocking crochet’, so one my testers at the time, Amanda Wellmann, came up with the name ‘wacky weave’. I loved it from the first time I heard it, and I still do.
Wacky Weave is not really a difficult concept, although I have seen many an old hand battle to master it. But once you get it, you will probably be addicted.
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Although there are three different ways to start a Wacky Weave project, the rules remain the same for all three. These rules will spare you some tears; make sure you understand them before you start.
Wacky Weave Rules
- Use smooth yarn. Textured yarns do not work well.
- Use strong contrasting colours to make it easier initially.
- Avoid variegated yarns initially.
- You will NEVER use your main colour, to crochet into a contrast colour stitch, or vice versa.
- The pattern is always open filet, in both colours, woven into each other.
- The number of contrast colour windows, will always be one less, than the number of main colour windows.
- You will always end with a MC row.
There are three different ways to start a Wacky Weave project. Choose the tutorial for the one you need.
The Double Trellis
I learned this starting method when my journey with interlocking crochet started. I never liked this method and have never used it in any of my designs. Instead, I came up with The Weave.
This technique is used in the following design:
After the weave, I came up with The Overlay, which is now my favourite way of starting a Wacky Weave project. This technique is used in the following designs: