Tunisian crochet, sometimes known as Afghan crochet, has
found a strong foothold in crochet fashion, and I am thrilled. I love the
sturdy thickness of Tunisian fabric and the gentle rhythm of the stitches.
Tunisian crochet designers are busy experimenting with stitches, colors, and
silhouettes to create innovative projects. You don't want to miss out.
It may bears a striking resemblance to knitting, but
Tunisian crochet is a fabulous technique using a crochet hook to create a
unique fabric with an oftentimes woven look. Although it is a form of crochet, Tunisian
crochet is a skill in itself with myriad stitches and its own hooks, but some
regular crochet hooks also work well.
Tunisian crochet is worked using either a Tunisian hook
(sometimes called an Afghan hook) or a regular crochet hook that has an even
shaft, or in other words does not widen at the grip. A Tunisian hook looks like
a regular crochet hook, only longer, and without a wide grip. Some Tunisian
hooks are made extra long with a cord or wire that extends from the end of the
hook. It is longer because you pick up stiches across the row, much like
knitting, then work the stitches off the hook as in crochet. A single row is
made up of both a forward pass and a return pass. With Tunisian crochet, the
right side of the work is always facing you.
Double-ended Tunisian crochet requires a crochet hook with a
"hook" at either end. This allows you to pick up loops with the front hook and
work them off with the back hook.