The Look of Tunisian

Oct 8, 2009

Tunisian crochet. When I saw this fantastic fabric for the first time I was, well I guess I’d say I was hooked. There is something about the uniqueness of the fabric that fascinates me.
That first garment was the Bam Boo Cardigan from Fall 2007. When I first saw the finished garment I thought it was a knit garment with a crocheted edging. I picked the sweater up, and I felt the weight, the solidness of the fabric. It was thicker than any fabric I had seen. The stitch was the Tunisian knit stitch. The thickness of the fabric works great for cold weather. I tried to take a picture to show the thickness, but it's really something that's easier felt than seen.
Yet as seen in the Bam Boo Cardigan, it can be elegantly shaped without looking bulky. But beware, this stitch can use an incredible amount of yarn. When inserting the hook in the next stitch, you push the hook from the front of the fabric to the back between the vertical bars of the stitch in the previous row instead of from right to left behind the vertical bar of the previous row. Like all Tunisian stitches you leave the loop on the hook. This fabric also has a lot of stretch.
Means 2
The Spice Market Tunic from Fall 2009 uses both the Tunisian simple stitch and the Tunisian purl stitch. I took a close-up picture of the Spice Market Tunic front to better show the difference between the stitches.
The lower left stitch is Tunisian simple stitch. To work the Tunisian Purl stitch you hold the yarn in front of the work when pulling up loops, as you would if purling in knitting, and work as for the Tunisian simple stitch. I think the Spice Market Tunic may have to move up the queue to the next garment on my projects to make list. The fabric has fabulous stretch and is solid without being dense.
Means Scarf 2
The La Mer scarf is an inspiring example of lacework in Tunisian crochet. This was actually my first project in Tunisian. The scarf is now hidden somewhere in my new, unorganized craft room (more on that in a future blog). This lacy design is accomplished with decreases and increases that alternate rows. The inherent drape of Tunisian crochet continues to draw me even as I continue to explore crochet and find new stitches.
What new stitches would you like to explore further?
Best wishes,


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funnyface999 wrote
on Oct 13, 2009 1:11 PM

<p>I've been doing Tunisian crochet off and on for nearly 40 years and I love it. My first project was a sweater for my daughter when she was in kindergarten. She's now 43 years old! Last year she asked me to make a sweater for her but it was knitted and knitting is not my strong suit. I gave it a try but couldn't master the stitch so I got out my Tunisian hook and converted the pattern. The design was lacy and I think it translated very well. She doesn't like crocheted sweaters but she loved her "knitted" sweater. I recently made a Tunisian sweater for myself and have an ongoing afghan project in a bargelo pattern. It has a lot of challenging color changes but is going to be beautiful someday. I highly recommend this versatile technique to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.</p>

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Oct 16, 2009 12:23 PM

<p>That's fantastic! I love the idea of translating a knitted pattern into Tunisian.</p>

FranqueO wrote
on Nov 15, 2009 4:58 PM

<p>I love tunisian.  have done a sampler from Sharon Silverman's book and have been working up several simple items as well as working on a sweater.  I love the look of knitted garments but prefer to crochet.  Tunisian is the best of both worlds.  Know you have to be careful with yarn weight and hooks size so garments don't look like a rug.  Also working on a jacket using the cro-hook.  franque</p>