Tunisian Crochet – have you tried it?

In the summer I usually use the time to experiment or try new things. My experiment this summer is working a top down V-neck and you know how that has been going if you have been reading this blog: Snip, Snip  and Evaluating a WIP that’s not working. It’s an experiment and this is exactly how it goes. I’m not discouraged at all.

I also like to work patterns by other designers. For the last year I have been learning about Tunisian Crochet. It’s enough like knitting to make the transition fairly easy and new enough to make it fun. Have you ever considered trying this?

My first project was from 7 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns by Interweave. I made the cowl by Sheryl Thies. It has several stitches you’ll recognize: work 3 together and yarn overs. They are easy enough to figure out with the odd check for YouTube tutorials.

Next, I made a big jump to the Pax by Aoibhe Ni. It had really interesting charts.

I love charts and these are sooo different. I found them fascinating to work.

In the spring I finished the Escalera Wrap by Aklori. I worked it with many balls of left over sock yarn. It’s a little history of my sock knitting in a wrap.

Can you tell I’m hooked?!

This summer I worked the Refraction Shawl by Aklori designs which I will wear with my butterscotch coloured winter coat. I learned a lot with this one: different increases and decreases and a clever way to change colours for the stripes.

I can’t believe there’s even more!

I also started the Schmetterwurm, a free pattern, with short rows.

Yes, they work the same way as knitting. I’m on my fourth short row section and I’m starting to see the pattern emerging (gold sections). I seem to be doing it correctly. Yay.

It’s a free pattern so it’s a little short on the details. I did have to check some instructions with YouTube tutorials but there are lots out there, so no problem.

This is craziness. I may be obsessed. What else would cause me to test crochet a lace shawl? I can’t show you but I’m finding Tunisian lace really fun. Lace work in knitting or crocheting is similar, in that you have to pay attention and count all the time. It keeps me right there in the project. If my mind wonders off, well, you know what happens. I’m getting fairly good at ripping back and figuring out where I am.

Still knitting too. Phew, I hope you’re enjoying your needle projects, whatever they might be. Deb

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Tunisian Crochet

I ordered wool and now I’m waiting and checking every day for it’s arrival. I don’t want to start a new project but I’m waiting … so of course I did. But not a knitting project because that would really throw my project schedule off and we can’t have that.

I’m working the Escalera Wrap (ravelry link) by Aklori Designs (ravelry link) or check her out on instagram @akloridesigns.

It’s Tunisian Crochet which is amazing because it seems to me to be a hybrid between knitting and crochet.

Doesn’t this look somewhat familiar? Stitches on a needle or ahem, a hook?

I dove into my odd ball box and pulled out all the fingering weight bits of yarn. I found I could divide some of it into coloured and darker shades. I don’t think this is enough to finish but it’s enough to get started.

This wrap is a parallelogram which is intriguing and using a hook has been challenging. I found I had to loosen up quite a lot to work comfortably. That’s a good thing. I started with the larger balls just to get myself situated and familiar with the instructions. I can’t wait until the colour changes start. This is going to take a while. But I have a while since I’m still waiting …

Have you tried tunisian crochet? I am really enjoying this.

Cheers, Deb

Any Gauge and Gauge-Free knitting patterns by Deb

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