(Crochet purists are advised to skip this paragraph. If you're shocked by what comes next, don't say I didn't warn you.) There are special hooks available for Tunisian crochet, but for small projects I've had perfectly good results with regular crochet hooks. Don't let the lack of a specialty hook stop you from trying this fun stitch.
In this sample, I used a bulky (#5) yarn. The recommended hook size for this yarn is K; for Tunisian I bumped it up to size N.
Grab yourself a bit of yarn and a hook, and let's get started.
|Use a hook 2-3 sizes larger than recommended for the yarn.|
|Chain 6. We're going to make the "base row" of Tunisian crochet.|
Our swatch will be 6 stitches wide.
|Turn the chain over. See the bumps on the back?|
That's where you'll be inserting the hook.
|You're going to pick up 5 loops, one in each bump.|
Start with the 5th chain - the one next to the hook.
Insert hook and pull up a loop.
Now you have 2 loops on your hook.
|Now it's time for the "return pass". We're going to work those loops|
off the hook. Yarn over, and pull through 1 loop.
|Insert your hook from right to left UNDER the first vertical bar|
to the left of the end stitch.
Yarn over, and pull up a loop.
|Do the same with the next 3 vertical bars.|
Insert hook, yarn over, pull up a loop.
Keep the loops on your hook.
When you get to the end, take a look at the left-hand edge.
Insert your hook under that vertical bar,
AND under the strand behind it.
|Here's what that last stitch looks like from the side.|
Be sure to insert your hook under BOTH STRANDS
of the left-hand edge stitch, and pull up a loop.
(Doing this will give you a nice neat edge that matches the right edge.)
|Time for the next row. Remember to skip the right-edge stitch|
and insert your hook under the NEXT vertical bar.
Pull up 4 loops, 1 in each vertical bar...
|Do as many rows as you like. When you feel comfortable with the stitch,|
it's time for the next step: binding off.
Starting at the beginning of the row,
insert your hook under the next vertical bar,
as if you were starting a forward pass...
|Yarn over, and pull through BOTH loops on hook (just like a slip stitch).|
Insert hook into next vertical bar, and repeat.
Slip stitch all the way across your swatch.
|When you reach the left edge, insert hook under BOTH strands|
of the last stitch, as usual. Yarn over and pull through.
And your swatch is done!
Looks pretty nice, doesn't it? It would make a lovely doll potholder.
You'll notice that the swatch wants to curl up from the top and bottom (rather like knitting). I've read that blocking can help tame the curl.
See my next post for a quick and fun Tunisian slipper pattern using Tunisian Simple Stitch.
P.S. There's lots of great Tunisian crochet information out there on the web, including videos. For further reading, Stitch Diva Studios has an excellent set of tutorials with detailed photos and explanations of the various steps.
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