Fools the Eye
Added pdf download link 2/17/2010 for your convenience.
VIP Assumption: I think this pattern is simple, but it does require knowledge of how to crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS). I taught myself online- there are many great sites with written & video instructions to visit, if you choose to make this your first Tunisian Crochet project.
Patons SWS (110yds/2.8 oz) 4 balls each of:
Color A Natural Earth
Color B Natural Russet
Color C Natural Coal
Size L (8mm) regular crochet hook
Size N (10mm) Denise interchangeable crochet hook with cable & end cap attached
Approx 36” x 56”.
You should do a swatch to decide what your beginning chain count should be to create a fabric of a desired width & length. What matters most is the drapeability of the fabric you create. It should drape easily but it should not be so loose as to see spaces between the rows- we’re aiming for a solid, soft piece of drapeable fabric.
(1) I use a smaller hook for the foundation chain because tunisian crochet creates a much denser fabric than regular crochet. I feel the beginning chain looks sloppy if you use the same size hook to also create your beginning foundation chain. Same thing goes for the final slip stitch row.
(2) I let the beginning & end rows curl. It’s not much of a curl & I like the look.
(3) I’m picky about the sides having clean even edges- I did not create a border around the piece. There are ways to ensure clean even edges- which I can explore in a later post/pdf.
(4) If you want to make a shoulder wrap instead, try a width of 20-24” & a length of 60-72”. It will change the look somewhat though, as the color sequence changes will be less frequent. Start with a chain 72 instead for 24″ width.
(5) If you’re an animal lover- one ball of each color will make a nice pet blanket of approx. 18” by 24”. The color sequence will look a lot different though- but still very interesting. Start with a chain 72 instead.
(6) As I mentioned in (3) I crave neat edges- so when I need to add a new ball of yarn I do not do it at the edges. I tie a square knot to join the yarn & leave short pieces to weave in on the reverse side. FYI- The reverse side is just as pretty as the ‘public’ side!
(1) Chain 108 with Color A
(2) Forward row- continue with Color A (pickup yarn loops through the back bump of the chain- it creates a nicer looking bottom edge- 108 loops on hook)
(3) Return row- drop Color A & add Color B
(4) Forward row- drop Color B & add Color C
(5) Return row- drop Color C & pickup Color A
(6) Forward row- drop Color A & pickup Color B
(7) Return row- drop Color B & pickup Color C
(8) Forward row- drop Color C and pickup Color A
And so on……… contine until you reach your desired length. Mine ended up 56”. If you wish, add another ball of each color & make the fabric wider &/or longer.
Final row- end on a forward row with the smaller hook & slip stitches.
You will notice that as you approach the end of either the forward or return row there will always be a strand of yarn that you have previously dropped awaiting you. You simply drop one yarn & pick up the one that’s waiting there. StitchDiva.com has a tutorial with photos that shows more detail if you want further instruction.