Many Tunisian stitches, including Tunisian knit stitch, create
a thick, solid, and warm fabric that is perfect for full-coverage garments and
warm winter accessories. Tunisian crochet also has more elasticity than regular
crochet stitches, making it the perfect option for projects that need extra
stretch, like beanies, socks, cowls, and pullovers.
When crocheting hats, cowls, or pullovers, it is always easier and more visually
appealing to work in the round, no pesky seam running up the back or interruption in the pattern.
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 work the increase rows in
single crochet and then pick up loops in each stitch to begin working in Tunisian stitches. For projects worked
from the bottom up, a row of foundation stitches works beautifully and
maintains the needed elasticity.
Pick up as many loops as the hook can comfortably hold
without distorting your project.