Meet the Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet Hook
Have you seen this strange device (see photo below) and wondered if someone accidentally carved the crochet hook into both sides? I remember my first time seeing a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook. I was confused and instantly intrigued. Why did you need two hooks? With a double-ended Tunisian crochet hooks, you can work Tunisian crochet in the round and crochet gorgeous two-color Tunisian crochet in the round designs. Let’s take a look, and then you can head straight to the store to pick up your own set of double-ended Tunisian crochet hooks.
Double-ended Tunisian crochet hooks have crochet hooks on either side of the shaft. Both hooks are the same size, because you pick up stitches with the front hook and work them off with the back hook. This technique allows you to work around a circle (a normal crochet hook won’t bend around corners) or work in two colors (one color and yarn for picking up stitches and a different color and yarn for working them off the hook).
Tunisian Crochet in the Round
Let’s say you want to Tunisian crochet a cowl, hat, or even a sweater in rounds without seams. Because with a traditional Tunisian crochet hook you have to pick up a loop in each stitch across before you can work them off the hook in the return pass, it is impossible to work the rounds of a cowl or hat without seaming. But with Tunisian crochet in the round, you can skip the seaming.
Step 1: Chain or foundation crochet your first round as indicated and join to work in the round.
Step 2: For your first Tunisian crochet round, begin working in the indicated Tunisian stitch and pick up as many loops onto your doubled ended Tunisian hook as fit or as you feel comfortable without distorting the project and stretching the loops. You are picking these loops up with the front hook.
Step 3: With a second ball of yarn, begin working the return pass as normal with the back crochet hook. It is easier to work this return pass if you turn the work so that the wrong side is now facing you.
Step 4: When you have worked the stitches off the hook using the back hook, turn your work so that the right side is again facing you and begin picking up more loops with the front hook as in step 2.
Continue working steps 2 and 3 until you have finished the round. Now you see the genius of a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook!
Two-Color Tunisian Crochet in the Round
You can work the Tunisian forward pass on the front hook of your double-ended Tunisian crochet hook and the return pass on the back hook in the same color. Or you can work your return pass in a different color from the forward pass and create incredible colorwork patterns. When you work the return pass in a different color, you are working two-color Tunisian crochet. The type of Tunisian stitch you work, whether it be Tunisian knit stitch, purl stitch, etc., will change the color pattern.
If you don’t already have a few double-ended Tunisian crochet hooks in your collection, the incredible crochet patterns our designers have created will send you straight to your nearest fiber or craft store! So grab a hook, some of these amazing double-ended Tunisin crochet patterns, and discover how cool double-ended Tunisian crochet hooks are for yourself. Then let me know what you think. I’m in love!