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Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet: Learn How with 13 Projects
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
"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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2011
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. Earlier, I was experimenting with using three yarns that all have changing colorways to determine how they would look together with a basic stitch. All I can say is "Wow". It is a terrific effect that is unique to Tunisian Crochet and I do not think it can be reproduced with any other technique.

I will be waiting for another book by Cheryl on Tunisian Crochet when I have wrapped up the projects in this book, so that I can keep exploring this fascinating way of working with yarn.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2011
I have been playing around with Tunisian Crochet in recent months and wanted a book that would go beyond what my stitch dictionaries could provide. This book seemed to be the ticket.

There is a 14 page section at the beginning of the book which provides both a general introduction to Tunisian crochet as well as a tutorial on how to do the three basic Tunisian stitches (simple, knit and purl), plus a "yarn over" variation which is used in lace work. The tutorial also covers how to increase and decrease stitches. While there is no official stitch gallery in the book, the projects themselves utilize various combinations of the basic stitches to create a number of stitch patterns, expanding the possibilities. Sprinkled through out the book are little helpful hints and there is a two-page section on how to do a reversible Tunisian Entrelac.

The projects are a mix of home accessories, bags and wearables (wraps/scarves/sweaters). I would say about half are wearables. ~ There are actually more than 13 projects. The table of contents lists 15 projects, two of which include a mini project. For example, the placemat project, includes instructions for matching coasters. ~ The experience levels vary from Beginner (1 project) to Intermediate (5 projects), while the rest are listed as Easy. I haven't done any of the projects yet, but I have read through several of them and have found the instructions quite clear.

My only criticism of the book (and this may have been a publisher decision, not a designer decision) is that the book does not include symbol crochet, but this omission does not take away from what the book has to offer. Overall, I'm very pleased with this book and know that I will use it for the charity scarves and prayer shawls I make.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
I am so pleased with "Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet!" The pattern that called my name was the 'mystifying EMBRACE' ...and that is how I viewed this form of crochet before meeting this book. Having been a knitter for 35+ years, and the owner of a local yarn shop, I never imagined I would become a 'hooker,' much less a Tunisian! Our local Crochet Guild was honored to have Ms Thies teach us the art of Tunisian Crochet and I was very surprised how EASY it was and how far my project went in ONE class. I immediately went on to another project and finished it in record time (for a knitter, and me, this is awesome). My friends were impressed and thought it MUST be very difficult! I invited them to try it :-) In fact, I have been converted completely ...not that I don't still knit; but, when I think of making something for someone on short notice, I always think Tunisian. The diagrams and explanations are wonderful and it has a permanent place on my coffee table. I show it to everyone; especially friends who have left crochet behind for a while. I would highly recommend Ms Thies as an instructor if you can 'book' her; she is kind, patient and humble. I can't wait for more. Thank you! Karen (owner @ Off the Beaten Path Yarnery 2005-2010).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
I've known how to knit for many years, and taught myself to crochet earlier this year. I was intrigued when I saw this book. I'd never heard of Tunisian crochet, but the pictures in the book convinced me that I wanted to learn.

The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I appreciated that, within each pattern, the author reiterated how to do each stitch, so it wasn't necessary to flip to that section of the instructions. I've made one project from this book so far -- the bag -- and it's beautiful, and was so easy to do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
This book is wonderful. It contains designs that don't look "heavy" and "stiff" as many crochet designs tend to do. The mobius style wrap shown on the front cover is just screaming to be made as is "Tranquil Escape". The home decorator items are great with their woven appearance. The designs are all practical, yet modern...ones that will surely endure the test of time. Instructions are well written and the illustrations are extremely helpful. Love the close up photographs that really show the stitch definition!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Also known as the afghan stitch, Tunisian crochet is an old needlework technique that is making a combeback. It is worked on a long needle with a crochet hook at one end and the final project looks and feels similar to knitting with the clothing items being more soft and wearable than with regular crochet. This book offers 13 gorgeous modern projects that include handbags and totes, wraps and shawls, sweaters, placemats, pillow covers, gloves, and other wardrobe and home accessories. The book includes clear instructions with lots of photos and diagrams.

I've done a little crochet and knitting and although I hadn't tried this technique before, I felt the instructions were clear enough for me to follow and I like how simple stitches turn out something that looks more complex and intricate. The author teaches three basic stitches - Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit Stitch, and Tunisian Purl Stitch - that are combined to create many of the projects. The stitches taught run from beginner to advanced, and the photos are beautiful and inspiring. I think anyone who enjoys knitting and crocheting will love the projects this book offers, while keeping in mind that this isn't a "learn to crochet" book and assumes the reader has some general knowledge of the craft already. I love the wrap shown on the cover and was happy to discover that is labeled as "easy" so that's what I'm going to start with.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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