crochet burst back onto the scene about five years ago. The historical patterns
for this traditional technique are sparse and primarily utilize Tunisian simple
stitch. But the possibilities are endless. In Interweave Crochet we have delved into colorwork created in the
round, Tunisian knit stitch, Tunisian entrelac, and more.
|Serenity Sweater by Kim Guzman
the Tunisian design that has always fascinated me is cables. How do you create
Tunisian crochet cables? I've tried adapting knitting techniques, and the
resulting fabric is flat. Now the mystery has been revealed. In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2014 issue,
Tunisian crochet expert Kim Guzman illustrates how to create Tunisian crochet
is a short excerpt from Kim's article:
Cross Over to Tunisian Cables
love cables! Crocheted cables, knitted cables-I love them all! The bigger and
chunkier the cable, the better! However, for a long time I was disappointed with
Tunisian cables. Following traditional techniques, the cable sits flat on the
fabric; you can barely see it. I stumbled upon a solution for that, which I'll
share with you.
||Tunisian crochet cables
first, a bit about Tunisian crochet: Tunisian crochet is sometimes considered a
cross between crocheting and knitting. Each row is made up of a forward pass
and a return pass. In the forward pass, you pick up loops across a long hook or
hook with extender cable; this is what looks most like knitting, because you
have a lot of loops distributed across a hook. In the return pass, you work off
the loops (instead of keeping them live throughout as you would in knitting). For
more information about Tunisian crochet, see the glossary. Because of the
similarities between the two crafts, many of the things you can do in knitting
can be done in Tunisian crochet, such as cables.
you have worked crochet cables using post stitches, note that Tunisian cables
are quite different. With post-stitch cables, you work long post stitches in
front of or behind stitches, using the traditional method of one stitch at a
time. When working Tunisian cables, you cross the live loops, either on the forward
pass or on the return pass. The effect is much like knitted cables. The
Tunisian crochet fabric is denser than knitted fabric, but with a large hook
and lighter-weight yarn, you can use Tunisian crochet to create a lovely,
wearable, richly cabled garment.
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