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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680355
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.


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A writer and knitting instructor, Sheryl Thies is also the coauthor of four
other Martingale titles. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Rhoades TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have done Tunisian Crochet since I was in my teens. We didn't call it that but called it Afghan Stitch. It curled up and was hard to get the beginning edge to cooperate with what you were making.

No longer! Today we have learned that by using two different hook sizes---one on the base row and the other to create the project, this roll will be mastered if not eliminated. Also, there are patterns for more than just afghans. This book provides ones for place mats and matching coasters, purses, shawls, cardigans and even pillows.

The author also shows more than just the "afghan stitch" I learned as a teen. This stitch is now called Tunisian Simple Stitch and goes under the "bar". There is also Tunisian Knit Stitch and Tunisian Purl Stitch. By using a combination of these three stitches, Ms. Thies creates 13 lovely designs.

There are also sections on the history of this stitch, the hook itself and the best part --- a tutorial on how to do each stitch. The graphs are GREAT and very helpful. Charts for yarn weight, skill levels and crochet hook size are provided at the end of the book. And just in case all of this isn't enough, the covers are folded over to create a "bookmark".

I plan on making several pillows and place mats/coasters for Christmas. What will you make?
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor M. Schatz on April 8, 2011
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"get hooked on Tunisian Crochet" is a gem of a book. Sheryl Thies is a master knitter, and now is known - among Wisconsinites at least and I'm thinking far beyond - as "the guru of Tunisian crochet." I highly recommend the technique, and I highly recommend Sheryl's book. Reading her tutorial on how to get started is almost as good as having her at your side. And the projects are delightful. I've made a number of gorgeous afghans using the simple stitch and my knitting stash. But with this book, I've ventured into new territory. I've made and given the `gourmet popcorn' pillow, pp. 23-25, to a friend who raved about the gift. I've also made the `reversible kickshaw' place mats for my own table- NICE. At the top of my to-do-project list is the `MOTIVATED heretic' shawl. Tunisian crochet is so easy and so much fun it becomes addictive. Sometimes I need to remind myself to pick up my knitting needles. But, this book feeds my desire to stay hooked - with new projects as well as a return to favorites like the popcorn pillow design!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By B. Matheson on April 20, 2011
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Sheryl Thies has done an excellent job with her pattern book on Tunisian crochet. There are several pages of instructions prior to the patterns and they are well written and the artwork is excellent. So far this is my favorite Tunisian crochet pattern book. I usually hesitate to buy full books of patterns because when they arrive there is only one of two patterns I would actually make. Not so with this book. I plan to make at least 8 of these patterns and am currently working on the Tranquil cardigan. The instructions are clear and concise. If you have been wanting to learn Tunisian and immediately be able to make beautiful home accessories, garments or a lovely bag, then this is the pattern book for you.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2011
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I have many great things to say about this book. One of the best qualities is that it makes Tunisian Crochet FUN. The projects that I have made so far are fun, fast, and oh so fulfilling. The Motivated Heretic shawl appears challenging but once you get started it is simple to make. I used a long color change yarn, appropriately named "Amazing", and I could hardly put the project down. It was exciting to watch the colors flow and see so many beautiful combinations appear. I love this pattern so much that it inspired me to make a scarf using a down-sized repeat. This book is an introduction to Tunisian crochet that is straightforward and does not overwhelm you by including all of the possible details on the topic. It includes many wonderful patterns that give you finished products which look complex yet are actually simple to make by following the directions.

Did you catch my comment about these projects being fast? The very first piece I created quickly grew right before my eyes. My newfound ability with this technique surpasses my pace and productivity on a knitting project. I watched these Tunisian Crochet projects come into being more quickly than I ever thought I could complete something. Patterns go fast enough that I am actually finishing pieces before I get caught up in something new. Before this book redefined crocheting for me I limited myself to knitting because I didn't like the stiff fabric created using typical crochet. Now I am doing more Tunisian crochet than knitting because I am enjoying the drape and texture created by this craft.

I am looking forward to starting my own Mystifying Embrace (the wrap shown on the cover). Starting with three hand-dyed yarns of various colors, I am eager to see how they will work together in this pattern.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
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Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet: Learn How with 13 Projects by Sheryl Thies contains some beautiful patterns to crochet. There are nice sections on Intersection of Technique and Fiber, A Brief History, Getting Hooked, Tutorial, and Projects. These all contain nice and clear illustrations.

The projects are lovely. My favorites are the Reversible Kickshaw placemats. They look woven and are in a lovely variegated color of blue and yellow. The Softspots Pillow is so pretty that I just can't wait to crochet it. It is a soft purple and blue and the front and back are different and complementary. The Button Down Pillow would look good on any couch or chair and be comfortable as well. It is shown in a golden hue. The Go Green Bag is a perfect size for large items such as crochet projects, books, or groceries. It has a lovely pattern and is crocheted in a beautiful light green. The Motivated Heretic is an entrelac shawl or primary beautiful colors. It has a small collar and is a large size overall - just right to keep you warm while you look spectacular. Sangria's Surprise is a dazzling shawl in the color of Sangria.

There are some very beautiful projects in this book, ones I am anxious to make. I also like the instruction section as it is very clear. This is a great addition to my fiber library.
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