Monday, October 29, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Basic Information

by M. J. Joachim

Tunisian stitch patterns almost always begin with a foundation chain.

Loops are cast onto an afghan hook. However, other hooks may be used, depending on your project.

Loops are cast off, first one for the edge (in most patterns), then two at a time, until 1 loop is left on the hook.

Vertical bars present themselves in the fabric. Notice gold yarn under vertical bars.

Horizontal bars (representative of the base chain) also present themselves. Notice green yarn, woven around horizontal (or base) bars.

Tunisian simple stitch cast on by working under the vertical bar only.

Tunisian knit stitch is cast on by passing through the vertical and base bar simultaneously.

Tunisian base stitch is cast on by inserting hook under horizontal base bar only.

Variations for patterns are created when yarn is passed in front of (pearl) or behind fabric, and when chain stitches are added, to create a lacy effect. Variations are also made when different basic Tunisian stitches are combined to make interesting patterns, or when traditional crochet stitches are interspersed with Tunisian crochet stitches.

Complete Tunisian crochet projects by making single crochet stitches across the last row, or by (slip stitching) to cast off loops, as explained here.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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