Tunisian Crochet’s Evolutions

From the first issues of Interweave Crochet, we have featured examples of Tunisian crochet. The first patterns were worked in the more common Tunisian knit stitch with a few samples in Tunisian simple stitch. The dense but not stiff fabric is perfect for warm sweaters and wraps.

But the popularity of this technique with the long crochet hook continued to grow with both readers of Interweave Crochet and designers, and as the number of Tunisian crochet submissions grew, so did the creativity of the designs and stitch combinations. Now the pages of Interweave Crochet hold treasures of Tunisian lace garments, Tunisian entrelac, and modern silhouettes in the classic Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian simple stitch.

Now we have Tunisian crochet garments, accessories, and home decor patterns for every season of the year and for any occasion. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cupcake Sweater by Tram Nguyen Lattice Pullover by Andrea Graciarena Vanessa Shell by Robyn Chachula

Tunisian Crochet Lace

You can create lace with Tunisian crochet! The resulting fabric is unique, different from many examples of crochet lace. But the delicate designs have incredible drape, and for those of us who are obsessed with Tunisian, lace stitches mean you can create garments and accessories for spring and summer.

Mulled Spices Afghan by Rhonda Davis   Betty's Tunisian Tee by Tram Nguyen   Rosalie Wrap by April Garwood

Entrelac Tunisian Crochet

Entrelac allows you to create interesting textures and lines. I love the squares around the Mulled Spices Afghan and the construction of Betty's Tunisian Tee is so flattering. This technique requires a fair amount of concentration the first time you try it, but once you master it you will quickly fall in love.

Eliot Vest by Natasha Robarge   Spiced Market Tunic by Sheryl Means   Purple Smoothie Vest by Dora Ohrenstein

Solid Tunisian Crochet

The knit and simple stitches may be the most commonly used, but these patterns use innovative design elements and combinations of stitches to create fashionable projects.

Subscribe to Interweave Crochet today and learn how to create modern and classic Tunisian crochet stitches and designs. You will also find how-to articles on basic stitches as well as the newest techniques and innovative crochet patterns and stories. 

Best wishes,

P.S. Share with us in the comments what projects you would like to see in Tunisian crochet in the future.

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