Learning Tunisian Crochet
Learning new crochet stitch patterns is one of the most exciting things I can do with my afternoon. I know you crocheters understand. One of the techniques I am still learning is Tunisian crochet.
Ultimately, I want to be able to make the Aspenglow Jacket from Interweave Crochet Winter 2010. This Tunisian crochet sweater incorporates a lovely diamond cable pattern worked in crochet post stitches. It has great shaping, lots of style, and pockets! The only thing stopping me from starting this project right now is my limited knowledge of Tunisian techniques.
Fortunately, my fellow Crochet Me blogger, Toni Rexroat, is a whiz at Tunisian, and she has spent many lunch breaks at my desk showing me how to wield that long Tunisian crochet hook. When she's not around, I have her how-to videos on Crochet Me, or the Tunisian crochet tutorials she has put together for past issues of Interweave Crochet. This diagram below explains one of the most common Tunisian stitches, Tunisian simple stitch.
Pull out your swatching yarn and give it a try. Create a chain long enough for a good size swatch. For the foundation forward pass, pull up a loop in the bottom ridge loop of the second chain from the hook (see Figure 1), leave this loop on the hook and *pull up a loop in the next bottom ridge loop of the foundation chain leaving this loop on the hook as well; repeat from * the entire way across the foundation chain (see Figure 2).
You should pull up one fewer loops on your hook than chains you made for the foundation chain. The loop already on your hook when you begin pulling up loops counts as the first st. To work the Return Pass yarn over and draw through first loop on hook (this stitch becomes your selvedge stitch), *yarn over and draw through two loops on hook (see Figure 3); repeat from * until you have only one loop left on the hook, leave the last loop on your hook (it becomes the selvedge stitch for the other side of the fabric).
For the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) forward pass (FwP), insert the hook from right to left behind the 2nd vertical bar (see Figure 4), yarn over and pull up a loop leaving this loop on the hook, *insert the hook from right to left behind the next vertical bar leaving this loop on the hook as well; repeat from * to the last vertical bar. When working the last vertical bar insert the hook behind both the vertical bar and an additional loop at the edge of the fabric. This creates a more stable edge. Now work the return pass as above. You've just done two rows of Tunisian crochet!
So far, all I have managed to complete is a fairly simple Tunisian simple stitch laptop cover (two rectangles of tss, seamed together with slip stitch—it's a start). I think once I have my Tunisian techniques down, I'll focus on my embroidery—yikes!
If you're looking for Tunisian tutorials, check out our past issues of Interweave Crochet, which are now available digitally. You will also find instructions on shells, cables, post stitches, slip stitch techniques, seaming, shaping, filet, motifs, lace, gauge, and pretty much anything that might be a part of your personal quest for crochet nirvana.
Until next time,