How To Tunisian Crochet
Sometimes it is nice to work on something a little different. And, today is one of those days. I want to make something warm, cosy and a little unusual. I want to work on Tunisian Crochet! I love this technique – it seems to be the perfect lovechild of both knitting and crocheting (yes! lovechild, I did just say that!), borrowing elements from each to create something totally different and unique.
Tunisian crochet is a wonderful technique that products a textured fabric, that almost looks woven. In fact, work up a project in it and see how many knitting or crochet enthusiasts are intrigued by the stitch you’ve picked…trust me, you’re going to feel awesome when you tell them it’s actually Tunisian Crochet! It uses a special, extra long hook that allows you to work in rows – much like knitting – back and forth to create this beautiful, unique fabric. I’m always amazing at how quickly this Basic stitch grows, meaning that it is a fast track way to make sunggly blankets – just what we need with this winter chill in the air! Tunisian crochet uses some similar stitches to standard crochet – you’ll be working with chain stitches, yarn overs, and slup stitches…no fancy double or trebles here!
It’s surprisingly this simple with this how to guide guide for Tunisian Crochet Basic Stitch. With your yarn and Tunisian crochet hook, begin with a slip knot and work a chain of 12 stitches. The first row is a foundation row, worked forward along the chain, the aim will be to hold the stitches on the length of the hook rather than dropping them. Insert the tip of the hook into the second chain from the hook, wrap the yarn around the needle and draw back through the chain. There will now be two loops on the hook. Continue working along the length of the chain, inserting the hook, wrapping the yarn over the hook and drawing it back through to add an additional loop of yarn to the collection on the hook. When you reach the end of the row there will be 12 stitches (loops) on the hook. Once the foundation row has been completed, remaining rows will be worked alternating return rows and forward rows. Begin to work back along the row in the first **return row. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through the first stitch on the hook.
Wrap the yarn around the hook again and draw though the next two stitches on the hoop – the two stitches will be ‘dropped’ from the hook and the wrapped yarn will remain on the hook. Continue working along the length of the row, wrapping the yarn and drawing through the next two stitches on the hook, until there is only one stitch remaining on the hook. Now, work back along the stitches in the **forward row. Insert the tip of the hook into the second vertical bar of the crochet fabric. Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw through, to leave a loop on the hook. There will now be two stitches on the hook. Insert the needle into the next vertical bar, wrap the yarn over the hook and draw through to add another stitch to the hook. Continue along the length of the row, picking up the vertical bars and drawing the wrapped yarn through until the end of the row, there will be 12 stitches on the hook. Continue working back and forth following the pattern set for the **return row. Then following with the **forward row – ensuring that there are always 12 stitches on the hook at the end of the row. Continue alternating the return and forward rows until the Tunisian crochet work is the desired length. End once a return row has been worked, skip the yarn and fasten off. Ta dah!
You’ve just worked a basic Tunisian Crochet stitch! The front of the fabric will have this amazing basketweave finish! And, for those with curious minds us…the wrong side is not too dissimilar to that of a piece of stocking stitch in knitting! Tunisian crochet creates such a cosy fabrics that is great for blankets, throws, garments and accesories – so, what will you make with this technique?