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