Tunisian Crochet the Bite-Size Way!
So… Tunisian entrelac… what exactly is it? Well, if you ask me, the best way to describe it is to call it Tunisian crochet worked in bite-size pieces. It’s worked on a regular crochet hook using a mixture of regular crochet stitches and Tunisian crochet stitches. In fact, it might be the perfect way to learn Tunisian crochet!
Why? For starters, you don’t have to buy any new hooks. Another perk of Tunisian entrelac is that fewer stitches are worked at one time. Both standard crochet patterns and regular Tunisian crochet patterns can call for any number of stitches, but a hallmark of Tunisian entrelac is its use of just a few stitches at a time to create the pattern.
A perfect example of a Tunisian entrelac pattern is the Caressing Carpet by Tagil Perlmutter. Found in the Winter 2018 edition of Interweave Crochet, this pattern gives you an opportunity to try out this fun technique. It uses a combination of Tunisian simple stitches (tss), slip stitches, and chains to create a rug that will be sure to comfort your feet no matter where you put it.
Now, in case Tunisian is completely new to you, I’m going to walk you through the beginning of the project because once you’ve got that part down, I have full confidence you’ll be able to get the rest without much problem.
After chaining the number stated in the instructions, you’ll notice it says “working in back ridge lps.” This just means that instead of working through the front of the chain, you’ll turn it over and work in the ridge that runs up the back (photo 1).
After this, you’ll read “pull up lp in next 6 ch—7 lps” (photo 2).
In regular crochet, you’ll usually start and finish one stitch before beginning another. In Tunisian crochet (including entrelac), you’ll pull up all the loops, leave them on the hook and then work them all off the hook at the same time (photo 3).
After completing this first row, you’ll work in tss across, making sure to pick up a loop in the next unworked back ridge loop of the chain (photo 4).
Then all you need to do is follow the pattern to complete the center and remaining rounds, and voila! You’ve not only learned a new technique, but you also have a completed project sure to make everyone jealous.
Now, I’m sure you’ll notice that my version of the project looks slightly different than the original (single stranded, variegated yarn, worked in the round). This was done 1) because I was traveling, and it was easier to carry one ball of yarn than two and 2) because I wanted to see how the project would work up in a variegated yarn. No matter how you work this project, we’re sure you’ll be pleased with the finished project.
What do you think? Have we convinced you to try Tunisian entrelac? If so, please let us know in the comments, and make sure to post pictures of your finished rug! We can’t wait to see it!