One Twisted Tunisian Tutorial Right Here!
Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, the majority of those resolutions fail. To help you avoid becoming a statistic, we’re working on a series of blog posts designed to teach you things related to crochet. All of your crochet-related resolution needs will be met!
Today’s topic is Tunisian crochet, and in the spirit of the holiday, we’ve chosen the twisted Tunisian simple stitch (twtss) used in Juliette Bezold’s Fable Cowl in Interweave Crochet Winter 2018. Why this stitch? Well, it’s New Year’s Day. Some might want to think what could happen “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Or, maybe you ate too much, and you need to do “The Twist.” Either way, this stitch just fits.
Regarding the stitch itself, it really isn’t that different from the Tunisian simple stitch (tss). In fact, the main difference is the direction from which you’ll insert your hook. Check out the photos below, and you’ll see what we mean.
Tunisian simple stitch: Insert hook from right to left behind front vertical bar (see arrow), yo, pull up lp, leave lp on hook.
Now for the twisted cousin of the Tunisian simple stitch. Even after doing this stitch multiple times, I will readily admit that the first few times took me a few attempts. Once I got the hang of it, though, it really wasn’t too bad. So . . . take a couple of deep breaths, and dive right in.
Twisted Tunisian simple stitch (twtss): Insert hook from left to right under next vertical bar, yo, pull up lp.
The insertion of the hook is the trickiest part. What I’ve found helpful is to make somewhat of a scooping motion out to the left and then back to the right ending up with the head of the hook behind the vertical bar. You may need to twist the piece a little bit, but after you get the hook inserted, you’ll finish just like a normal tss.
Did you try it? If so, what did you think? If you at least tried it, you can check one thing off the resolutions list at the top of the page because you tried something new!
Please let us know how you did! Take a photo, and share it in the comments.
Happy New Year’s Stitching!