Many Tunisian stitches, including Tunisian knit stitch, create
a thick, solid, and warm fabric that is perfect for full-coverage garments and
winter accessories. Tunisian crochet also has more elasticity than regular
crochet stitches, making it the perfect option for accessories that need extra
stretch, like stocking caps and beanies.
When crocheting hats, it is always easier and more visually
appealing to work in the round, no pesky seam running up the back of the hat. To
work Tunisian crochet in the round, you will need to use a special hook and two
separate skeins of yarn. A double ended Tunisian crochet hook has hooks of
equal sizes at either end. Loops are picked up in each stitch with the forward
hook while the return pass is worked as you go with the back hook.
Let's take a closer look at Tunisian crochet in the round.
First create a foundation row just as you would for a
regular crochet project, joining the stitches to work in the round. For a hat
that is worked from the top down, I will frequently work the increase rows in
single crochet and then begin working in Tunisian stitches. For projects worked
from the bottom up, a row of foundation stitches works beautifully and
maintains the needed elasticity. In this sample I am working from the top down.
Pick up as many loops as the hook can comfortably hold
without distorting your project.