Dora Ohrenstein Shares Four Tunisian Tips
If you have not yet entered the world of Tunisian crochet or you are ready to follow that path a little deeper into the world of Tunisian cables, garments, and more, I would strongly recommend downloading Tunisian Crochet with Dora Ohrenstein. This video workshop, along with Dora's book The Tunisian New Tunisian Crochet, are full of important tips and tricks to help you create an amazing Tunisian project.
Here are some of my favorite tips:
Tunisian Crochet Tips
Starting chain: Work the first few chains a little more tightly to avoid a droopy right corner. Always work into the back loop or bump, never under two strands. Make the same number of chains as you want stitches on the first row, and no turning chain.
Foundation row: This is the first forward and return pass of any Tunisian crochet project. It's usually done by picking up a stitch in each starting chain, either through the back loop or through the back bump. Here's another tip for avoiding droop in the bottom right corner: When you pick up the back loop of the chain, you'd normally skip one chain and pick up your first look in the second chain from the hook. Instead, work the first stitch of the forward pass into the first bump at the back, not the second. This tightens up the corner very effectively but also means you'll have one more stitch than anticipated, so make one fewer chain to start than the stated stitch count.
Stitch tension: The degree of tension in the return pass has significant effect on the drape, look, and feel of your finished fabric. You have considerable freedom here. It is best not to work the return pass very tightly, but rather to give each stitch some breathing room. You can experiment with more or less tension for a few rows and see what looks best in the fabric.
Last stitch: Now is a good time to mention that this last stitch in the row can sometimes be hard to identify. That's because the first chain of the horizontal bar can tip over and pretend it's the last stitch of the row—but don't be fooled. Turn the left edge of the work so you can see it straight on. Now look for the upside-down loop where the two strands you want to pick up for the last stitch. Make sure you insert the hook in the right of these strands and under the horizontal bar.
As someone with Tunisian crochet experience, I found these tips incredibly helpful. And I am excited to share them with my friends who are trying Tunisian for the first time. The instructions, tips, and visual step-by-step instruction will make learning this fun technique easy and enjoyable. Download Tunisian Crochet with Dora Ohrenstein today and be sure to check out her newest book, The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions.
P.S. What is your best Tunisian crochet tip?