In the summer there is lots of time for learning new things so I started with something I’ve been thinking about for some time, Tunisian Crochet. Julia, one of the YarnOverSleepOver retreat teachers, is so enthusiastic about Tunisian crochet that I had to give it a try. She does beautiful tunisian colour work but I jumped in with lace work right away. Do you do this too, jump right in that is?
I started with a complicated shawl pattern which was frustrating and didn’t work the 5 times I tried to get it started. OK, enough of that. Back to the internet to find something simpler that I could actually do. This project was the one that caught my eye. The Chevron Cowl by Sheryl Thies from the Free Tunisian Crochet patterns by Interweave. An excellent first project and ta, da, here it is done in Noro from my stash and a 6.0mm hook (tunisian crochet hooks are crochet hooks with a very long handle).
I learned the Tunisian YO and a double decrease working 3 sts together. It’s fairly straight forward once I looked up a couple of videos. There are several out there.
It starts with a long strip with short rows. Another technique learned. Working the strip is really good practice.
Now I’m working the lace edge which runs along the bottom. It’s really interesting with YO’s and decreases and short rows.
These are the charts. Aren’t they fascinating?
I know, weird eh? That’s what really got me hooked (pun intended). I love charts and these are most intriguing. I’m not sure I’m doing it exactly right since my lace does not look exactly like the photo but I’m close. Maybe once I block it the holes will be more prominent. It’s a very long strip of lace to work but very, very interesting.
Have you learned something new lately? What is it? Leave me a comment.