Intro to Tunisian Crochet
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If knitting and crochet had a baby, it’d be Tunisian crochet. And boy would that baby be cute! That’s because this technique, also known as Afghan crochet, combines the best parts of the two styles.
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Tunisian crochet is often sold as a way for traditional crocheters to expand their skills. But are these crafts really all that different? Check out this breakdown to find out.
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Need-to-Know Basics
Introduction to Tunisian Crochet
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Meet Brittany, who begins by explaining exactly what Tunisian crochet is: a hybrid of crochet and knitting. Then she goes over the special tools you'll need to get started.
Tunisian Fundamentals
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Before diving into your projects, it's important to learn a few basic techniques: working the foundation row, the Tunisian simple stitch, and binding off. With these skills in hand, you're ready to get to work!
Shaped Headband With Simple Stitch
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Practice using the Tunisian simple stitch to create your first project: a cute headband. And, while you're at it, learn how to work increases and decreases.
Full Stitch Cowl
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Get familiar with the full stitch as you start your second project: a chunky cowl. Build your color-changing and seaming skills, and work your cowl to completion.
Step-by-step and totally non-intimidating, we promise.
More to Explore
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Tunisian crochet may be a combo of knitting and traditional crochet, but it has a whole glossary of terms and abbreviations all its own (or, at least, that glossary takes on slightly different meanings when applied here). Use this cheat sheet to follow your patterns until you get the lingo down.
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You've hopped on board the Tunisian crochet bandwagon, and feel like you've got the basics down. But, somehow, pesky problems keep popping up and pushing your projects into the #fail category. Don't get discouraged: It's not just you! Things like bumpy bottoms, loopy left edges and incessant curling are common issues in this craft. Luckily, they're also easy to fix with some expert know-how.
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Solid rows, mixed stripes, color-blocking, oh my! Adding new hues to your Tunisian crochet projects can give them an immediate upgrade. These three techniques are sure to color you happy.
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Watch + Learn
Tunisian Fundamentals
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Before diving into your projects, it's important to learn a few basic techniques: working the foundation row, the Tunisian simple stitch, and binding off. With these skills in hand, you're ready to get to work!
Tunisian Basics
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Meet your instructor, crochet designer Dora Ohrenstein, and receive a refresher on Tunisian crochet. Refamiliarize yourself with the Tunisian simple and knit stitches, the return pass, and the slip-stitch bind-off, as well as how to decrease and increase stitches. Learn the secret behind counting rows in Tunisian crochet as well as how to approach shoulder shaping.
Foundation Stitches
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Jennifer teaches you the foundation stitches of Tunisian crochet and how to set up a row.
Tips & Tricks
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Tunisian crochet is easy to pick up, and hard to put down, but has its own quirks and challenges. In this final lesson, Brittany shows you how to keep your fabric from curling, beat the bias and troubleshoots some common issues, such as where to put your hook on those pesky first and last stitches.
Do More In Tunisian Crochet
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Crochet garments with the impeccable fit you’ve always wanted! Discover custom pattern alteration techniques as you create a chic Tunisian crochet vest.
Dora Ohrenstein
Dora Ohrenstein
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Made with a tool that's a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle, Tunisian crochet adds great texture and beautiful color to Jennifer Hansen's versatile and stylish garment.
Jennifer Hansen
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