woven crocheted bodies were invented by Torill Kolbu, a
Norwegian, famous for her flies and a talented flyfisherwoman.Once understood the manner of carrying out the first loops, all
becomes " easy " and you can then create superb flies. In this page, I detail the basic technique to weave a
body with the crochet hook, the enlarged photographs
of the first loops are given in the next page,
you will be able to see more precisely the placement of wool and
First, the hardware: on the right 3 crochet hooks, of different sizes,
2,5mm, 2mm and 1,25mm.The
largest is appropriate for wool, the 2mm for standard cotton DMC, the
small one for threads.You
can get them from weaving or needlepoints shops.
Now to get started , we'll use a large fishing hook and 2 strands of
knitting wool :
Place a large hook in the vice, tie on the shank side a 10cm (4")
strand of yellow wool then on the other side a 10cm (4")
strand of chestnut wool (or any other contrasted colors).
Put the strands well on the side and not on the top.Turn the
vice so that the eye of the hook is in front of you, the
chestnut strand is on the right, the yellow on the left.
the chestnut strand, make it go over
the top of the shank and under the
the crochet hook, (here the 2,5mm). Slip it into the loop and below
the shank.The yellow
strand is held by the left hand, make 2 turns around the crochet hook.(a turn is insufficient, often the strand slips with traction).
Release the yellow strand and take the chestnut in the left hand.With the hook, draw the yellow strand under
the shank, through the loop.
completely, the yellow strand through the loop, lay the crochet hook,
draw on the two strands at the same time, tighten the loop.
The yellow strand is on the right, the chestnut on the left.Lay the yellow under the
hook and over the chestnut strand
the crochet hook in the loop and over
the top of the shank, make two turns of the chestnut strand
around the crochet
the yellow strand in the hand, with the crochet hook, draw
gently the chestnut strand through the loop and over
the end of the chestnut strand, draw on the two strands and
tighten the second loop.The
strands have returned to their initial positions, the chestnut on the
right, the yellow on the left. For the third loop repeats steps 1 to 8,
then again for the 4th, 5th
body, seen from the top, the chestnut is in the center, the yellow on
Seen from below , the yellow is in the center, the chestnut on the
common mistake is to swich
under/over during the process, for a loop the colors are
inverted, in that case, go back, untighten and redo the loop.
is not complicated, you'll catch the beat: under-over.With this
technique, you tie flat bodies, with colors variations , and
beautiful solid flies.One can use various materials, wools,
cottons, strands of polyethylene...In the weeks to come: crocheted
flies with dubbing, tinsel and extended bodies
. For enlarged pictures go next page.