Tunisian crochet is a blend of knit and crochet. You use a long handled crochet hook with a stop at the end like a knitting needle. The hook is held the same way as for knitting. This technique requires you start with a foundation chain and then each row is a two-step process without turning your work.
Tunisian crochet came into popularity during the Victorian period. With Sheryl Thies book Get hooked on Tunisian Crochet
you will learn how to accomplish this technique through 13 projects and be at the forefront of this stitches comeback.
Sheryl tells how she got into Tunisian crochet as well as a brief history of this needlecraft. She follows through with detailed line drawings on how to start, stitch and bind off. The stitch section shows yarn overs, increases, purl, decreases, the simple stitch and how to change colors. There is even a section on troubleshooting. Here she explains the problem you may be having and hw to correct it. With all this under your belt, you are off and running to make your first project. If Tunisian crochet is not new to you, you can start with a more complex project.
The book includes "Reversible Kickshaw," pretty cotton place mats and coordinating coasters. Here one side is striped and the other side is a complex tweed. "Go Green" is a durable tote that has a woven look. My favorite is a shawl called "Motivated heretic." With the colors of the yarns and stitch chosen, this entrelac design (no need to cut and tie ends with this method) is a must see. The stitch patterns that result when using Tunisian Crochet, makes for a unique design appearance, whether it is one f the sweater projects, scarf or pillows.
If you are a knitter or crocheter and looking for something a bit different, take the time to learn all about this method from Sheryl. If you have done this before, maybe it is time to pick it back up. --Paula Moliver, Hartford Knitting Examiner
About the Author
Sheryl Thies retired from a 35-year career in health care to follow her artistic passion and spend more time outdoors. In addition to designing, she enjoys teaching and has authored and coauthored several Martingale & Company titles.