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Tunisian Crochet

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all having a lovely day! I’m trying to be more productive when it comes to my blog; I think the main thing I need to do, is plan more!

Today, I thought I’d share with you how I’m getting on with my Tunisian crochet.

I’d only briefly heard of Tunisian crochet, last year. It doesn’t seem to be something a lot of people dabble in, at least, not when I’ve looked through instagram! I’d first seen Tunisian crochet, on Poppyandbliss, where she made a Tunisian sampler blanket. After researching on Youtube, and Google “what is Tunisian crochet” and “how to do Tunisian crochet” I found that it is in fact crocheting, but it’s a lot like knitting, in the sense that you keep all your stitches on your hook, but then you drop them at the end of the row. I absolutely loved that idea, that it could look more like knitting, but it’s actually crochet; as I have previously tried knitting, but I didn’t get on with it.

I won’t be showing how to do these stitches as such, just giving a quick round up of what I’ve made so far. If it’s requested, I may attempt to show how I did the stitches, but it’s quite difficult to explain.

The basics

With Tunisian crochet, you can’t just use an ordinary crochet hook, and you can’t use a knitting needle either, you have to have a specific Tunisian crochet hook, which looks like this:

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This set, I got off of eBay, for Christmas. As you can see, it’s long like a knitting needle, but has a hook on the end. Alongside the Tunisian crochet hooks, I received a stitch guide.  IMG_4711.JPG

After perusing the book, I didn’t understand the terminology, so I went over to Youtube, to have visual aids; for me personally, I find it helps to have a demonstration. Once watching the videos, I found it super easy to learn the stitch itself, but I found that my work curled a lot. I had some advice, to go up a hook size, which definitely does help. The most basic stitch, which is used a lot throughout other stitches, primarily starting the stitch, is called a “simple stitch” which requires you to go behind the post, and pull up a loop. This is how my simple stitch turned out, once I had some practice:

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On the left is purl stitch and on the right is a simple stitch.

I then had a go at other stitches, which are quite simple also.

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Full stitch
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Basket weave stitch
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Knit stitch

After these first few stitches, I wanted to use more colour combinations, or at least, have a design. I used a website that I could design a graph on, and I would follow this to make some more interesting squares. That website, I will talk about in another post. The squares as followed:

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Cactus, using the simple stitch-I will add a little flower to this one!
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Heart- using the simple stitch

I then had a go at a Tunisian berry stitch. So far, this is my favourite square. I love the puff of the stitches, and it’s a big contrast to the simple stitches I’ve made, thus far. With this stitch, you start off with a simple stitch round, then the next round, you do the berries. Followed by a round of simple stitch in the green, and back to the berry stitches; however, you don’t go in the green stitches, you go underneath to the previous pink row.

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Berry stitch- quite a tricky stitch to get your head around!

My end result is to make one big Tunisian sampler blanket, showcasing all the stitches I’ve learnt. I tried to make sure that each square measures 12x12cm, however, some are slightly out, but I won’t hold too much of a grudge against that. The yarn I am using is from The Art of Crochet magazine, as I have a lot of that which will be going spare.

So far, I’m enjoying making these squares, and I hope you enjoy seeing them too!

Thank you for reading

OJ

xo

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