I googled “freeform crochet” and this is what I found.

Dear Prudence Mapstone,

I don’t know who you are, but you are a huge inspiration. I hope I can drive some traffic to your sites.
I’ve been making freeform afghans that are simply concentric circles. I like it because all I care about is working with lots of color and I love to change my yarn frequently, so when I googled “freeform crochet” this morning, and found this, I was so delighted. Wow! Does this open up lots of possiblities.

My latest theory:
there are 2 kinds of crocheters/knitters:
those who follow patterns
those who hate patterns and just love to paint with yarn, to be spontaneous and impulsive. We admire the pattern people. We are in awe of those of you who can read patterns so well; we just are not cut out for it.

Notice how Prudence uses very tight color palettes. There is a strong color point-of-view here. That’s a great way to set a parameter and not be overwhelmed by all the choices you have when you look through your yarns.

Order Prudence’s amazing books & pdf’s here.









Tomorrow: More Freeform Crochet


  • Thanks for sharing this Lilla, it is truly inspiration to see such a unique take on this medium!

    March 18, 2009
  • these are really gorgeous! that first one, in blue, reminds me a bit of the hyperbolic crochet reef project which began with a (woman) mathematician’s discovery of visualizing the hyperbolic nature of corals with crochet. Under the direction of the IFF, It has since become a worldwide, ongoing, traveling exhibition (it was just here in LA) with a “toxic reef” component crocheted from plastic trash. This last part bringing attention to the threat of global warming on reefs and the huge problem of trash islands and garbage on marine sea life.

    March 18, 2009
  • Hi Lilla! You should check out this artist named Elaine Bradford. She does a lot of freeform crochet / knitting and does fabric taxidermy. It’s pretty unique ;) http://homepage.mac.com/esbradford/Menu3.html

    March 19, 2009
  • Hi Lilla,
    I just ran across your blog. Thanks so much for mentioning my work on your site. I am happy to hear that I have helped to inspire you.

    June 21, 2012
  • Looks like something I am doing. Thet is freeing because I was tired of squares and rows.
    And I understand the stitches, and some conformity. Color contrast is a little harder because there is so many, shades contracts.

    by Jo-Anne Tyler
    June 29, 2016
  • I was fortunate to attend a three day workshop in Leeds many years ago, Prudence is
    Australian she is delightful and a brilliant tutor. I have all her books and tutorials. Her web sit is

    by Milly Holt
    March 1, 2018
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