Tunisian crochet is a hot topic at the moment! If you enjoy knitting or crochet and you are looking for a new challenge then Tunisian crochet is the perfect choice. It uses elements of both knitting and crochet techniques to create a unique look and feel to the patterns.
Tunisian crochet is a traditional technique dating back to the nineteenth century and has recently become popular again with crocheters rediscovering this treasured craft. The tool used in Tunisian crochet is similar in length to a knitting needle but has a hook at one end and a stopper at the other. Similar to traditional crochet, Tunisian crochet begins with a foundation chain, however the next steps for working in a row are very different. You do not need to turn the work at the end of a row, rather with Tunisian crochet, each row is a two-step process, first working forward where you draw up a series of loops on your hook, and then the return, working your stitches into the loops. These have similarities to casting on and binding off in knitting. You can also work in the round using two hooks and two balls of yarn. The Tunisian crochet stitches are endless from creating cables and textured stitches to ribs and laces.
This traditional craft has more recently been given a modern twist and The New Tunisian Crochet offers 11 contemporary projects for garments, accessories, and home décor. The book guides you through the steps needed to learn over 30 Tunisian stitch patterns for creating beautiful fabrics, and is split into five stitch groups: Basic Stitches, Intermediate Stitch Patterns, Lace, Textured Stitches, and Tunisian and Standard Crochet.
The projects are suitable for beginners and advanced Tunisian crocheters alike. The perfect beginner project is The Natalia Scarf which uses basic stitches but the end result creates a complicated-looking and fashionable scarf. Tunisian crochet is slightly faster than traditional crochet and much quicker to complete than knitting. The fabric created is slightly less elastic than traditional crochet so it is perfect for blankets and winter knits but less so for lighter items.
If you are new to crochet and want to perfect your basic crochet skills before moving onto Tunisian crochet then download the How to Crochet eBook today, which gives you all of the basics from essential equipment and yarn types to tension and the basic stitches.
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