Tips for Tunisian Crochet and More

Jan 25, 2010

Hi!
I hope you've had a chance to visit the new CrochetMe site and start getting settled in. I know it can be tricky at first.

When I first moved into our new house two years ago, I often found myself standing in the kitchen, arms akimbo, wondering: Where is the rice steamer? And where is the rice? My previous kitchen was so small that I could reach out with one hand for the steamer and the other for the rice (well, OK, the steamer was right out there on the counter, because I didn't have a place to put it). Now that we're settled in, I know where everything is.

What would have really helped me in those early days was a kind of search wand. Happily, the new CrochetMe site, has one of these, right up in the upper right-hand corner.

So if you're looking for a forum thread you were writing in a couple of weeks ago, just type in a keyword and it'll pop up.

And if you're looking for tips on Tunisian, which many of you are these days, type in "Tunisian." And right there you'll find all the Tunisian-related forums, free crochet patterns, blogs on the CrochetMe site to help you out. Then you can get to work on the projects in the Winter 2009 Issue of Interweave Crochet.

Want to know more about the Mulled Spices Afghan (at the left there)? Toni wrote about it in her blog. Don't have the issue where it first appeared (Interweave Crochet Winter 2008)?  You can buy the pattern in the Interweave store.

Want to know more about Tunisian techniques? Click on the Write Comments button below and let us know what you want to learn. We'll see what we can do to teach you.

We hope this new home will continue to fuel your creative energy as we develop links among the crochet community.

Come join us,

Marcy



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SandyB@23 wrote
on Jan 25, 2010 3:20 PM

I have been enjoying some play time with Tunisian crochet.  I love to use worsted weight yarn but it seems to be very heavy for this style of crochet at least for Florida.  My last sample was done on a DK weight which seemed better.  Any suggestions?

Calliopi wrote
on Jan 26, 2010 3:18 PM

I've been avidly learning Tunisian ever since I saw it on Knit and Crochet show.  Since I knit as well as crochet, I didn't find it difficult.  i bought a good illustrated guide and got going.  I'm wondering if anyone has had success taking knitting patterns and converting them to Tunisian?  I'd rather crochet than knit, and would love to learn how to convert patterns.  I know it is not as simple as following the knit or purl as the fabric is different.  A lesson would be FAB!

CricketH@2 wrote
on Jan 26, 2010 4:02 PM

I live in Arizona and didn't do much Tunisian crochet since it creates such a dense knit until someone suggested a few weeks ago that I use sock  yarn.  So far, the tests that I've made using sock yarn are encouraging.

on Jan 29, 2010 8:06 PM

thanks for the tips!!

AndrewHarts wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 8:57 PM

i love this pattern.

JoeyHarps123 wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 10:22 PM

i have always had a problem with this.

Mithun Rao wrote
on Jan 31, 2010 9:12 PM

Positively.... Thanks for this welcome post.

DPN wrote
on Feb 4, 2010 12:17 AM

Why does my Tunisian crochet curl up, or roll up, as I am working it?  Love the stitch, hate the rolled up look. Nowhere have I seen the problem addressed, and I know others have the same difficulty. Please help.

dbunk902 wrote
on Feb 16, 2010 5:51 PM

How do you stop your tunision crochet from rolling?  Also, how do you hold all your stitches when you are working on large projects like an afghan for adults?  I would thing the weight woudl pull quite a bit.

mrk258 wrote
on Feb 17, 2010 3:10 PM

Thanks for the post

on Feb 18, 2010 5:03 PM

I am working on a Tunisian Crochet sweater for my husband.  I finally found a good crochet sweater pattern for a guy.  (Cover image on Sweaters for Men by Treva Mccain)

I absolutely love the thickness of the stitch and I am doing it in Simply Soft which has a great feel.  Unfortunately, I had to finish other projects for the holidays and this sweater probably won't be done in time to wear during this very snowy cold winter in VA.  

I also have the curling up happening - hope someone has tips.  I think it will look fine with this sweater but in the future I would like to know how to handle it before doing the Tunisian patterns I have for me from Interweave.

jeckabean wrote
on Feb 19, 2010 11:15 AM

I have read in a number of books that if you want to stop the curling issue when using tunisian crochet that your first row, after your base row, should be done in Tunisian purl stitch.  Just that first row though, everything else can be done as the pattern instructs.  Hope this helps.  I have done a lot of reading up on tunisian but haven't found much of a chance to do a big project with it.  I have also been wondering how to convert either knit or crochet patterns to tunisian.  Anyone know anything?

on Feb 20, 2010 7:42 AM

Thanks so much Becky!  That will be a great tip to try ...

But I wonder if there is something I can do after the fact ... ? ... maybe just crocheting into the bottom loop of the foundation ?  Would simply crocheting tunisian style a couple rows of perl onto the foundation edge work I wonder ?  Anything you've seen for 'repairing' a curled edge!?  

Probably should have gotten a book before getting too deep into the project :-}  I suspect tunisian will be a frequent stitch for me to use so maybe a book makes sense!  

If you have any book recommendations ... your favorite ... one with good stitch images (I seem to like drawings rather than photographs) ... please post!  

silma wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 7:37 PM

Hi Marcy,

I don't have problems finding anything in the kitchen because I don't cook, but you are right, I am new to this forum and more than a little lost. I would like to have the pattern for the tunisian la mer scarf. Is it available through this site or I need to buy the issue where it appeared? Thank you. silma

Marcy Smith wrote
on Mar 3, 2010 9:59 PM

Hi Silma,

The La Mer scarf is available for free download here: www.knittingdaily.com/.../27758.aspx

Enjoy!

Marcy

jogden wrote
on Mar 8, 2010 10:36 AM

I had been trying to figure out what kind of bedspread I wanted on my waterbed, and then I read the article on Tunisian crochet.  Suddently I had the inspiration and a design in my mind on what to make.  I even went as far as to make matching valances for the windows.  Now I am working on the toss pillows!  Thanks a lot.  This has been great therapy as I deal with medical issues going on and not feeling like moving too far from the heating pad.  I have some pictures, I am just not sure how to share them.

Marcy Smith wrote
on Mar 8, 2010 1:11 PM

Hi Jogden!

You can share images in the Galleries. First save a copy of your image(s) to you desktop. Click on the dropdown on the bar at the top of the CrochetMe home page. Slide down to Member Photo Gallery. Click Upload in the upper right. A window will open. Click Upload filr > browse. Select images one at a time from your desktop. Add some notes in the description box. Add Tunisian crochet in the tags box, so folks can find you images when they search for Tunisian crochet.

Submit, then send me a note. I'd love to see your work!

Thanks,

Marcy

KimberlyRae wrote
on Mar 15, 2010 11:00 AM

hello, I havet totally fallen in love with tunisian crochet!!! Wow...it's just Beautiful and looks like knitting (which I don't like doing)! I'm HOOKED on the HOok!! lol

For those living in hot climates try peaches and creme cotton or Cascade cotton OMG they are AwEsOmE and I think  you'll love the results.

Now I'm on the hunt for the Symfonie Knit pro extender/interchangeable hooks...does anyone for a USA link with USDollar amounts???  THankyou :)

KimberlyRae wrote
on Mar 15, 2010 11:01 AM

hello, I havet totally fallen in love with tunisian crochet!!! Wow...it's just Beautiful and looks like knitting (which I don't like doing)! I'm HOOKED on the HOok!! lol

For those living in hot climates try peaches and creme cotton or Cascade cotton OMG they are AwEsOmE and I think  you'll love the results.

Now I'm on the hunt for the Symfonie Knit pro extender/interchangeable hooks...does anyone for a USA link with USDollar amounts???  THankyou :)

Barbaratoo wrote
on Jun 18, 2010 11:40 AM

Hi there!  I'm crocheting the Katharine Vest featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet.  My question involves Sl st as opposed to Sl st BO.  When I was shaping the armholes, I bound off 3 stitches.  Now, though, I'm at the shoulder shaping and realize that at first it says, "sl st in the first 4 stiches" and further down after Row 2 it is says "Sl st BO" for the last two stitches.  Are the two different?  I'm thinking that it's a short row for the shoulders but am not "seeing" how it is done.  I can't make the numbers work out.  Any help would be appreciated.  Otherwise, I, too, am loving the Tunisian Crochet!!

Barbara

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jun 18, 2010 12:08 PM

Barbara,

I just pulled out the sample garment and yes, when you sl st to shape the armhole you are indeed using the sl st BO. The advantage of using the sl st BO as apposed to just sl stitching in the top of the st is that the sl st BO fills in the "holes" left by the return pass. I hope that answers your question.

I love Tunisian as well. There is something about the stitch that is highly addictive and I love the look of the stitches. The texture is amazing!

Hope4h wrote
on Jul 21, 2010 10:00 AM

Tunisian crochet????  However I would likebto learn. Does it just mean 'tunisian yarn colors.  Any information you can send will be appreciated.  

Also inhale a Macbook pro & iPod. Can't figure out how to copy and pastte or whatever to ipage or whatever.

Thank you,

Marcia Kruszewski

olmbs@frontiernet.net

knitter@19 wrote
on Oct 18, 2010 9:43 AM

hi I would love some Tunisian hats or poncho or gloves PLEASE i have just discovered this new to me craft Im LOVING it,  Thank you every much I have also been just learning Cro hooking I think that is what it is called ? the dubble ended crochet hook craft, oh boy this is GREAT !! i wish I could have found this years ago thank you again.

Shotsy673 wrote
on Jan 14, 2011 7:15 PM

one of my client told me about tunisian crochet, I like to know more about tunisian crochet.

bljoiner wrote
on Mar 9, 2011 2:41 PM

Can you send me any easy instruction for something to do in tunisian crochet,

also instruction for beginner for Tunisian Crochet

digslady wrote
on Mar 30, 2011 10:40 PM

I have been crocheting for about 37 years and I'm still learning different stitches and patterns. I love the tunisian stitch and have made a blanket with the stitch. Just love it.

I have a really good book for anyone wanting to convert knit patterns to crochet. It's called "From Needles to Hook", and complete guide to converting knit patterns to crochet, it's from "The Needlecraft Shop"  and in the series of "House of White Birches through DRGcustomercare.com or call 1-800-829-5865. Hope this helps some of you.

samera wrote
on Jun 14, 2011 12:22 PM

idont know anything about crochet ..... where do i start ???

pleeez  help .... thx