Overhand weave / crocheting - step-by-step

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Overhand weave / crocheting

Overhand weave, crochet weave, knit-picking weave... "the child you love has 1000 names". This one gives a neat looking body. A dark dorsal side and a light ventral side separated by two thinner lines of the colors inverted along the sides. Unlike the parallel weave that gives a somewhat similar result, this is a technique based on "knotting" the body. In other words: While the parallel weave requires commitment throughout the weaving, this one will allow you to let go of the strands and take a coffee break in the middle of tying.


(Full-size pictures on click.)

Step 1
Overhand weave - Step 1

Before we start: This wasn't intended to be a separate SBS and I therefore didn't prepare for it to be. It was just a small part of another SBS that suddenly started to grow while doing it. So, ignore the angle of my vise. Turn your vise so you get the hook eye towards you and can look down on the back of the hook. The green side here will still be described as 'right' and the orange as 'left', the way it's supposed to look like.
Starting point: The color for the back (here green) tied in on the right side and the color for the bottom (here orange) tied in on the left side.
Tying off the thread before starting when using a knotting tool is optional. Both ways work just fine if you ask me.


Step 2
Overhand weave - Step 2

Bring the darker strand on top of the hook, forming a loop on the right side.


Step 3
Overhand weave - Step 3

Slide your tool down through the loop and under the hook.


Step 4
Overhand weave - Step 4

Catch the orange strand with the tool on the other side of the hook.


Step 5
Overhand weave - Step 5

Pull it over the green strand, in under the hook and up through the loop on the right side.


Step 6
Overhand weave - Step 6

Pull it all the way and release it from the tool.


Step 7
Overhand weave - Step 7

Tighten by pulling both strands straight out to the sides. Here we have a simple overhand knot, with the green strand on top of the shank and the orange strand under it, locking eachother to the sides opposite from where they started.


Step 8
Overhand weave - Step 8

Next knot will be basically the same procedure... but opposite. This time you use the orange strand to form a loop and this time by laying it under the hook. Then slide the tool up through it and over the hook.


Step 9
Overhand weave - Step 9

Catch the green strand on the left side with the tool under the orange strand.


Step 10
Overhand weave - Step 10

Pull it under the orange, over the hook and down through the loop on the right side.


Step 11
Overhand weave - Step 11

The same knot... but opposite.


Step 12
Overhand weave - Step 12

Finish by tighten and the strands are back on the sides where they started.


Step 13
Overhand weave - Step 13

Another one: Down through the green, under the hook and catch the orange over the green.


Step 14
Overhand weave - Step 14

Pull it up through the green...


Step 15
Overhand weave - Step 15

... and tighten. Now we can see on the orange how these locking loops on the sides will "cuddle up" beside eachother, forming the inverted stripes along the sides of the body.


Step 16
Overhand weave - Step 16

Many use crocheting needles or other open hooks for this, but this is why I like this particular tool. It allows you to work with very small loops so you can keep tension on the strands at all times, which prevents disturbing and losening up knots behind the one you're working on.


Step 17
Overhand weave - Step 17

Instead of catching the wrong strand in "close quarters" the tight loop will close up the tool, which will both keep the right strand on the inside and make the wrong strand slide right off on the outside.


Step 18
Overhand weave - Step 18

Small loops is the way to do it.


Step 19
Overhand weave - Step 19

This will be the last one. I guess you've catched the drift by now. But before wrapping this SBS up we're going to take a quick look at another technique to do the same weave, that doesn't require a tool. It does however require tying off the thread first.


Step 20
Overhand weave - Step 20

This time we will prepare the knot before applying it to the hook. Make the knot so that the green strand will exit the loop (left side) towards you.


Step 21
Overhand weave - Step 21

Push down the orange strand on its exiting side, creating a gap between them by your fingers.


Step 22
Overhand weave - Step 22

Let the orange strand slide in under the hook shank.


Step 23
Overhand weave - Step 23

Fewer fingers in the way and easier to see...


Step 24
Overhand weave - Step 24

And tighten in the same way as usual.


Step 25
Overhand weave - Step 25

Here you don't have to think about "opposite procedures". Starting on right or left, the correct knot should still always have the top color exiting towards you and the bottom color exiting away from you.


Step 26
Overhand weave - Step 26

It's always the bottom color's exiting side being pushed down...


Step 27
Overhand weave - Step 27

... and slipped in under the hook.


Step 28
Overhand weave - Step 28

Tighten up and here we have another piece of body, this time without tools and using the knot that's probably the first knot you learned in your life.


Further tips:

* Using a thinner material (compensating with thicker underbody), will give you better control over the taper and will allow more knots (giving a prettier fly). The thickness can often be customized by ripping out filaments from thicker materials and doubling thinner materials. Also "packing" the knots backwards while doing them gets them tighter and makes a difference to the better.

* Pulling a little extra in the bottom strand will give you a more imitative shape, with a flatter ventral side and a little more rounded dorsal side.


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