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Experimenting with Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is my latest addiction! Basically it's a mixture of crochet and knitting and really really fun! Tunisian Crochet hooks are quite longer than the standard hooks, as they have  to hold a large number of stitches. Like standard crochet hooks, Tunisian hooks come in a number of sizes and can be adjusted to the pattern you work on.

Learning how to crochet with Tunisian hooks for a crocheter,  is not difficult! I managed to grasp the whole idea in about 10 min, i.e. how to hold the hook and how to start off. I found this tutorial on Purl Bee quite helpful. If you follow this you will practise the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch.
I started crocheting away in rows back and forth and decided to change color as well. Changing the yarn color follows exactly the same principle as in standard crochet terms, i.e.when two stitches remain at the end of the Return Row, use the new color to draw through both loops. Quite easy!
This is practically the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch. But of course, I had to explore additional stitches in this new technique. While browsing through Pinterest I found that Tunisian Crochet has a stitch that looks like a knitted one! Quite my thing as I cannot knit at all, and all my efforts to learn haven't worked out. It's the Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch and it is now my nw favorite!
I immediately fell in love with this stitch and have already started dreaming about projects that could be worked with it! I was thinking of making a tank top! I also like the color combination I used for my swatch! Pink and yellow are my favorites lately! Basically, it's really really fun and of course a lot of practice is needed so as the stitches work up quickly. One other thing I discovered is that the yarn tends to curl up, in both stitches I tried out, but some blocking would fix that!

I really love discovering new techniques and stitches and I recommend you try Tunisian Crochet if you already haven't! The possibilities are endless and as always a bit of imagination during the process is necessary!:)
Have you ever tried Tunisian Crochet? How do you like this technique?
Enjoy the rest of your day!
P.S. My Tunisian Crochet bamboo hooks were a gift bought on Ebay.

17 comments

  1. I've never tried Tunisian Crochet, but I love the effect. It reminds me a little of stocking stitch in knitting. The yellow and pink work really well together by the way!

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    1. Claire, you definitely should! I guess that if you have some experience in knitting it might be even easier to try out!

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  2. I own a tunisian crochet hook, so I have no excuses to delay some practise with it!!!!!
    Your enthusiasm is contagious!!!!!
    xxxxxxx Ale

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    1. Haha, you should! Can't wait to see what you'll make!

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  3. I too have just recently fell in love with Tunisian crochet. Years ago, I found it to be too slow for me but have grown to love it. I am currently working on the Rose Garden afghan from the latest Crochet World issue. Visit my blog at yardsalesandcrochet.blogspot.com to see my progress.

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    1. I just checked it out and oh boy, it really blew my away! Amazing job!

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  4. I've tried it and want to do more. The curling up thing was a little discouraging, and I found I was doing the stitches really tight. I crochet fairly tight. SO I was going to try to figure out some ways to make looser stitches, including using a bigger hook than called for on the yarn weight. I think it might help with the curling. I got as far as buying a set of hooks that go way up in size... I need to pick it up again!

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    1. This sounds interesting! Might have to try this out myself and see if it helps! You definitely should pick it up, it's quite addictive!:)

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  5. I love it! I don't do is as much as I would like to, but I love the density of the fabric and what you can do with it :) It is a bit of an "underground" technique but it really has potential. I actually wrote a whole course about Tunisian Crochet :)
    The curling can be cured with either blocking or making a round of single crochet around the whole project!

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    1. Just checked out your tutorial! Awesome work and very very helpful! I love the idea of adding a sc edge around the project!:)

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  6. How fun! I have been meaning to try tunisian crochet.... glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

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    1. You should definitely try it! It truly is fun and new techniques are always welcome!Right? :)

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  7. funny I recently tried it for the first time and I posted the result at my blog today ;) I had difficulties with my needle , I broke two of them during crocheting.
    I'm not that satiesfied with the result, but I love the stitch and will definetly try it again.

    my tunesian project : http://mooisvanme.blogspot.be/2014/03/eerste-poging-tot-tunisch-haken.html

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    1. Just popped by your blog! I loved the blue colored yarn you used! How come they broke? Were you crocheting too tight maybe?
      P.S. The stitch does look nice!:)

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  8. Hi Tanya. thanks for share this... I've never tried Tunisian Crochet but after read this, I'm so exited to try it.. :)

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  9. This looks very interesting. I have only just learnt to crochet not sure I am ready for this yet - I agree pink and lemon are lovely together.

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  10. i am currently trying to teach myself how to crochet and recently tried tunisian crochet and really loved it!! i think i will be doing much more of it once i am confident with all the basics.

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