|Tunisian crochet. When I saw this fantastic fabric for the first time I was, well I guess I’d say I was hooked. There is something about the uniqueness of the fabric that fascinates me.
That first garment was the Bam Boo Cardigan from Fall 2007. When I first saw the finished garment I thought it was a knit garment with a crocheted edging. I picked the sweater up, and I felt the weight, the solidness of the fabric. It was thicker than any fabric I had seen. The stitch was the Tunisian knit stitch. The thickness of the fabric works great for cold weather. I tried to take a picture to show the thickness, but it’s really something that’s easier felt than seen.
Yet as seen in the Bam Boo Cardigan, it can be elegantly shaped without looking bulky. But beware, this stitch can use an incredible amount of yarn. When inserting the hook in the next stitch, you push the hook from the front of the fabric to the back between the vertical bars of the stitch in the previous row instead of from right to left behind the vertical bar of the previous row. Like all Tunisian stitches you leave the loop on the hook. This fabric also has a lot of stretch.
The Spice Market Tunic from Fall 2009 uses both the Tunisian simple stitch and the Tunisian purl stitch. I took a close-up picture of the Spice Market Tunic front to better show the difference between the stitches.
The lower left stitch is Tunisian simple stitch. To work the Tunisian Purl stitch you hold the yarn in front of the work when pulling up loops, as you would if purling in knitting, and work as for the Tunisian simple stitch. I think the Spice Market Tunic may have to move up the queue to the next garment on my projects to make list. The fabric has fabulous stretch and is solid without being dense.
The La Mer scarf is an inspiring example of lacework in Tunisian crochet. This was actually my first project in Tunisian. The scarf is now hidden somewhere in my new, unorganized craft room (more on that in a future blog). This lacy design is accomplished with decreases and increases that alternate rows. The inherent drape of Tunisian crochet continues to draw me even as I continue to explore crochet and find new stitches.
What new stitches would you like to explore further?