Monday, February 29, 2016

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is the marriage between knitting and crochet. Among the many differences between the two forms is the fact that in knitting you use two needles to work with multiple loops while in crochet you use one hook and one loop. In tunisian crochet you use one hook to work with multiple loops.

In crochet, you have an assortment of basic stitches including the slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. While in knitting you have two basic stitches: knit and purl. In tunisian crochet you can basically do them ALL. So, hey, want to do some tunisian crochet? I highly recommend you learn some basic crochet before beginning. My all time favorite crochet person on Youtube is CrochetGeek. Check her out, get some crochet done.


The Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch

Then venture out into tunisian crochet. She has some awesome videos but I want to recommend you look into the tunisian simple stitch, tunisian knit stitch, and tunisian purl stitch. Get really familiar with it then come back.

Now chain 25 stitches. We’re going to make a dishcloth because no home is complete without a handmade dishcloth. Your dishes are going to look so sparkly dried. Or you can be like me and use them to dust EVERYTHING.

You will be doing one row of tunisian simple stitch. Then break it up a bit, two rows of tunisian purl stitch. Five rows of tunisian knit stitch. Back to town with a row of simple. Two purl. Five knit. Keep up the pattern: 1 simple, 2 purl, 5 knit. Then stop when your dishcloth has reached a sort of rectangle appearance. By this point you’ll have one loop left on your hook. You can finish this two ways you can:

1) Chain two and cut.
2) Make a nice edging on your square. Join the edging together, chain two and cut!

You’re chaining two to really make a solid knot after you pull the tail through the loop (pull like you mean it). You don’t want this to unravel on you or anyone and you generally want to weave in your ends. I really like tunisian crochet right now, and wanted you to experience it too. Let me know if you get started.

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