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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch Video Tutorial

Finally another stitch to add to your Tunisian Crochet collection! It's called the Honeycomb Stitch and it is worked using the exact same method as the Seed Stitch in Knitting. Here is what it looks like on a small sample...


Tunisian Honeycomb StitchYou can see in this sample the honeycomb design that is created by alternating knit and purl stitches. The method is the same as seed stitch in knitting, but the result is quite different because of the characteristic vertical bars in Tunisian Crochet.

The Honeycomb stitch produces a thinner fabric than most other Tunisian Crochet Stitches that I have presented here. Another difference I noticed is quite a pleasant one...the bottom edge does not seem to want to curl up nearly as much as the other stitches. But as with all other Tunisian Crochet stitches, this one produces a fabric that has a definite right and wrong side, so you should take that into consideration if it is something you have a hang-up about like I do!

Here's a short video showing how to work the Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch. The written pattern follows.


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Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

NOTE: Beginning chain must be a multiple of 2 chains plus 1. The sample in the video was worked with a beginning chain of 11.

Click on the links below to refresh your Tunisian Knit and Purl skills!

Rows 1 and 2: Basic Tunisian Knit Stitch

Row 3: ch 1, *1 Tunisian Purl under next vertical bar, 1 basic Tunisian Knit under next vertical bar. * Continue from * to * across the row to the end.

Rows 4 and 6: yo, draw through 1 loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops. * Continue from * to * across the row.

Row 5: ch 1, *1 basic Tunisian Knit under next vertical bar, 1 Tunisian Purl under next vertical bar. * Continue from * to * across the row.

Repeat from Row 3.

Happy Stitching!


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tunisian Short Row Flower

My first cone of cotton yarn is finally exhausted! When I started seeing the cone through the yarn, I knew I would not have enough left to make a whole dishcloth, but I had to make something. I couldn't just leave those last layers of yarn untouched! Would you like to see what I made with the last little bit of yarn?


Tunisian Short Row FlowerIt turned out to be a flower of all things! When I started this little project, I fully intended it to be a little drawstring bag similar to my Itty Bitty Anything Bag, only with a Tunisian Short Row bottom on it. Sometimes I have found that a project will become what it wants though, and not necessarily what I had in mind!

Using a size I regular crochet hook and the exact same method as the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth, except with a beginning chain of only 7 stitches, I began what was supposed to be the bottom of the drawstring bag. After I finished the 6 wedges, I joined the beginning row with the ending row and was not entirely pleased with how the joining looked, so I pulled out the joining row and decided to just keep adding wedges until I ran out of yarn. I had no idea it would turn out to be something interesting and maybe even useful! What a great surprise!


Tunisian Short Row FlowerWhen I had only a few yards of yarn left, I stopped making wedges and worked a simple little decorative border on the outside edge like this...(ch 3, sk 1, sl st in next stitch) all the way back to the beginning of the spiral.

Then I arranged the layers in a pleasing manner and stitched a few times right through the middle catching all the layers, using the tail of the yarn and a darning needle. This serves to hold the layers in place and keeps then from unwinding.


Tunisian Short Row Flower backThis is what the underside of the flower looks like...just a very small version of the underside of the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth!

This was a fun little project to do and it could be used for lots of fun things. Since it is all cotton and so soft, you could use it in the shower with your favorite liquid soap in place of your little netty scrubbie thingy. Or you could attach a pin to the back and pin it to your favorite crocheted bag or hat. Can you think of other things to do with a cheerful crocheted flower?

Happy Stitching!


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Friday, April 17, 2009

Free Pattern -- Tunisian Crochet Apple Dishcloth

The luscious, red, juicy apple seems to have a reputation for causing trouble from way back. My own red apple is no different! Of course I'm talking about my latest design for a crocheted dishcloth. Actually the crocheted version was no trouble at all. It was converting the pattern so that it would work for knitting that was the problem. But we'll cover that story in another post. Today I'll just focus on the lovely dishcloth with the beautiful red apple on it.


Tunisian Crochet Apple DishclothDoesn't that almost look good enough to eat? Apples come in all shapes, sizes and colors and are available here in New England fresh off the trees in the fall. In fact, Johnny Appleseed was born right here in my own little city, so we have apples in every form imaginable. Now we even have an apple dishcloth!


Tunisian Crochet Apple DishclothDepending on the variety of apple you are used to seeing, this one might not look like it has the proper proportions. I assure you that there are apple varieties that look just like this, but of course they taste a whole lot better!

Here's the pattern for the apple dishcloth for use with Tunisian Crochet. Just click on the chart and then print it.


Apple chart for Tunisian CrochetIf you need a refresher on how to work Tunisian Crochet, just click on 'Crocheting' at the top of the sidebar under Hooked On Needles Links and you'll find links to videos showing how to do many Tunisian Crochet stitches.

In the next post, I'll share with you my adventure of taking this crochet chart and making it work with knitting. It was fun, frustrating and educational all at the same time and I'm glad I finally did it. I hope you will be too!

Happy Stitching!


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Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunny New Crocheted Dishcloth Pattern

The sun is shining and it is a beautiful Easter Monday here. As you may know, I've been having lots of fun with worsted weight crochet cotton yarn lately, making lots of dishcloths in various patterns. I recently found an alternative to buying the cotton in small 2 or 2.5 ounce balls and I wanted to share that with you, along with a new design I made on a sunny Easter Sunday.


Daisy Ombre crocheted dishcloths with coneOur local Walmart carries Peaches & Creme brand cotton in the smaller balls, but select colors in a larger 14 ounce cone as well. I knew I would be making quite a few cloths for various fundraisers and gift occasions, so I went ahead and purchased one of the cones. You see it pictured above in the very cheerful Daisy Ombre variegated. I would guess that I have used up not quite half of the cone making the three cloths you see in the picture. I like this alternative to the small balls because I don't have to worry about running out of yarn before finishing a design, and I don't end up with lots of leftovers.

The price is right too. For a 2 ounce ball, I paid about $1.50. For the 14 ounce cone, I paid about $7.00. If you do the math, the cone is a much better deal. It's like getting 2 balls free. That's my kind of deal!


Daisy Ombre crocheted sun dishclothHere's my latest design for a Tunisian Crochet dishcloth -- a bright warm Sun pattern! I love how the variegated yarn works out its own design with the left side of the sun being mostly white and the right side being the two shades of yellow. However, I do think that a solid yarn is more conducive to showing off the design stitched into the cloth. I just had to try it, though, in this very happy color combination. It just seemed the appropriate thing to do!

After I finished following the chart using Tunisian Crochet, I switched to my regular crochet hook in the same size (I use size K for mine) and worked 4 rounds of single crochet around the cloth to finish it off. You can work any kind of border you like around your cloth. Lots of border patterns can be found on the Crochet Page.

This cloth pictured above turned out a little too rectangular for my liking, so in the pattern below, I added 3 rows on the top and 3 rows on the bottom and adjusted the little sunbursts in the corners accordingly. According to my measurements of the finished cloth, this should allow my next cloth (or yours!) to come out more square.


Sun ChartFor more Tunisian Crochet cloth charts, check the Crochet page under Crochet Patterns where you will find a chart for a Duck cloth, a Shamrock cloth and a pattern for a Mystery cloth. I have a few more charts finished that I will be sharing with you soon. And I am still working on adjusting these charts to use for knitting too, since a few of my faithful readers have expressed an interest in knitting these cloths with the designs in them.

Happy Stitching!


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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Magic Number for Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth

Using 15 stitches for the beginning chain of the Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth with a size K hook made a cloth that was just a bit on the small side, and left far too much leftover yarn, but not enough to make another whole cloth.

So I tried 16 stitches. That made the cloth just a bit bigger, but still did not achieve my goal of using up almost all of the ball of yarn. There was still too much leftover.

So I tried 17 stitches. You can see where this is going, I am sure! Here is the result...


Denim Tunisian Short Row DishclothA cloth noticeably larger than the original size, by about a whole inch and a half. And not enough yarn leftover from a 2 ounce ball to add another stitch to the beginning chain and be able to complete the cloth.

So 17 is the Magic Number! To work this pattern using 17 as the beginning chain, you follow the exact same instructions, except when the number 15 is mentioned, just change it to 17. Give it a try and see if you like the bigger size better.


Denim Tunisian Short Row DishclothDon't you love the soft blues in this Denim cotton yarn? A set of cloths in this color, or any color of your choice, could be yours if you win my 300th post giveaway! Click HERE and read the rules for this great giveaway, but don't wait too long. #300 is coming up fast!

Happy Stitching!


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Tunisian Short Row Dishcloths

I'm officially HOOKED! I admit it! I can't get enough of this worsted weight cotton yarn! It feels good to work with. It comes in such pretty solids and variegated combinations. These cloths work up so fast and pretty. They are the perfect take-along project. And they make the perfect little gift for any occasion. Right now I am making some for the high school PTO fundraiser that is coming up next week, but then I will be making more for other fundraisers and gift giving occasions.

Here's what I made last night while sitting through the high school band booster meeting for updating the by-laws...I was glad I had something to keep my hands busy!


Green and Blue Tunisian Short Row DishclothsThe cloth on the left is made with Sugar'n Cream Green Twists yarn which is a 4 ply yarn made up of 2 plies off white, 1 ply very pale mint green, and 1 ply sage green. I love the look of the twist yarns. That is the one I made during last night's very tedious meeting. At least I was productive!


Green and Blue Tunisian Short Row DishclothsThe cloth on the right is made using Sugar'n Cream Country Side Ombre which is a variegated of blue, purple, sage green, and grey. It looks kind of dark, but is really quite striking in person. I like it.

The solid ball of yarn pictured with the two cloths above is Sage Green, which is one of my favorite decorating colors. I am going to make two of the Tunisian Short Row dishcloths out of this color, one to go with the Green Twists and one to go with the Country Side Ombre. Then with the leftovers of each color, I am going to make one of the woven hotpads combining the Green Twists with the Sage Green, and one combining the Country Side Ombre with the Sage Green. So I will have two sets, each with two dishcloths and a woven hotpad. Those should look nice tucked into the kitchen gift baskets for the auction.


Daisy Ombre Tunisian Short Row DishclothThis is the cloth I started working on last week when I had to bring my daughter to get her finger x-rayed. She actually did break it and she must keep it in a simple splint for 4 weeks so it can heal. No time off school or work for her though! She just keeps on plugging away! She even continues to work on her own crochet project each evening and is making great progress on a full size zig-zag afghan that she is making for herself. I'll show pictures of that soon.

You might recognize the yarn I used for this cloth as one of the variegated yarn leftovers I used up when making my first woven hotpad the other day. It's called Daisy Ombre and it is just two colors, bright sunshine yellow with bright white. Very cheerful!

Now I must get busy with my cotton and my crochet hook. It's been about 10 hours since I worked my last stitch, and I do believe I am experiencing the beginnings of withdrawal! As addictions go, I suppose this one is not really SO bad!

Happy Stitching!


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fiesta Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth

This is a busy time of year for school fundraisers, and with my eldest a senior in high school and my middle one in kindergarten, I have quite a few that I am committed to over the next few months. One for the high school is going to be a coffeehouse evening with music, desserts and an extensive silent auction consisting of all kinds of prizes and gift baskets and restaurant certificates and the like. I've been quite taken recently with these cotton dish and face cloths, so I volunteered to make some for the Bed & Bath basket, the Kitchen basket and the New Baby basket. Here's one of my offerings...



Fiesta Tunisian Short Row DishclothYou will recognize this pattern as the Tunisian Short Row dishcloth about which I shared a how-to video not too long ago. The big difference here is of course the color...Wow! Don't you just love the bright cheerful Fiesta cotton that I used on this one?


Fiesta Tunisian Short Row DishclothI think this would make a great face cloth to use first thing in the morning. It would really wake you up!

If you haven't tried Tunisian crochet yet, you can check out the video tutorials here at Hooked On Needles. Then grab a hook and a ball of cotton and give this dishcloth a try. It is fun and easy, and works up very quickly. I made this one in about 2 hours while relaxing in the evening.

This cough is still hanging on, so I have not yet been able to video the Hawaiian granny square, but I've been having fun with my graph paper and will have another Tunisian cotton cloth pattern to share with you shortly. I can do that without talking!

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Stitching!


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Sunday, March 8, 2009

A Little Something for St. Patrick's Day

With a name like mine, I cannot allow the great feast of St. Patrick on March 17th to come and go without offering a little something green to the crocheting world. Here is another chart pattern for a Tunisian Crochet dishcloth or washcloth in the shape of ...


Shamrock Tunisian Crochet Dishclotha shamrock, of course!

This cloth pictured here was crocheted by my daughter Elizabeth just the other day and it is her very first Tunisian Crochet project. Considering her only lesson was about 20 seconds in length, I would say she did a pretty good job. I neglected to inform her that there is a special way to finish a block of Tunisian Crochet by binding off the stitches, so you can see at the top before the border rows where the stitches were not finished off properly. Still, I think the cloth turned out nicely and the 4 rounds of single crochet into the back loops is a fitting border for a pattern like this. The ridge that it makes mimics the vertical bars of the Tunisian Crochet in the body of the cloth.


Shamrock Tunisian Crochet DishclothI love how the Tunisian Purl Stitches rise up above the background to form the design.


Shamrock ChartThese charts could also be used to make blocks in worsted or sport weight yarn. The blocks could then be crocheted or sewn together to form a blanket or afghan. Any type of design chart could be used for this as long as the block size is consistent.

Now you have about a week to stock up on green cotton and stitch up a few of these lucky Irish cloths for all your favorite leprechauns so you can trade them for a pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Stitching!


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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tunisian Crochet Mystery Project

By now you have had a chance to try out some Tunisian Crochet stitches and you've seen the cute little yellow duckie washcloth.

Are you ready for another quick Tunisian Crochet project? Here's one for you, but with a twist...no chart to work from and no picture! It's a Mystery Project!

Tunisian Crochet Mystery Project
With a sporting spirit, some basic supplies and the information you will find below, you can whip up a fun little something which will be both attractive and useful. It will be nice enough to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. It can be used in the bathroom or the kitchen, so choose your yarn color accordingly.

What you will need:
  • 1 ball crochet cotton such as Sugar 'n Cream in a solid color
  • Size K-10 1/2 afghan hook
  • scissors
  • large-eye blunt point darning needle
  • magnetic board or ruler to help keep your place on the pattern (optional)

Stitches to review before beginning:

Pattern:

NOTE: One row consists of the forward half where you pick up the stitches, and the return half where you work the stitches off the hook. Loop left on hook does not count as a stitch. See video tutorials listed above for demonstration if necessary.

Chain 33 to begin.

Row 1-4: Tunisian Knit (K) all 32 stitches.

Row 5: K 4, Tunisian Purl (P) 2, K 7, P 2, K 2, P 2, K 7, P 2, K to end

Row 6: K 4, P 2, K 6, P 8, K 6, P 2, K to end

Row 7: K 12, P 8, K to end

Row 8: K 13, P 6, K to end

Row 9: K 14, P 4, K to end

Row 10: K 9, P 3, K 3, P 2, K 3, P 3, K to end

Row 11: K 9, P 4, K 6, P 4, K to end

Row 12: K 9, P 5, K 4, P 5, K to end

Row 13: K 5, P 2, K 3, P 4, K 4, P 4, K 3, P 2, K to end

Row 14: K 4, P 4, K 3, P 3, K 4, P 3, K 3, P 4, K to end

Row 15: K 4, P 5, K 5, P 4, K 5, P 5, K to end

Row 16: K 5, P 5, K 4, P 4, K 4, P 5, K to end

Row 17: Repeat Row 16
Row 18: Repeat Row 15
Row 19: Repeat Row 14
Row 20: Repeat Row 13
Row 21: Repeat Row 12
Row 22: Repeat Row 11
Row 23: Repeat Row 10
Row 24: Repeat Row 9
Row 25: Repeat Row 8
Row 26: Repeat Row 7
Row 27: Repeat Row 6
Row 28: Repeat Row 5
Rows 29 - 32: K all stitches

Bind off with slip stitch. Work a single crochet border all around, working 3 single crochets into each corner. Join with slip stitch into first single crochet, cut yarn, pull through loop and tighten. Using your darning needle, weave in beginning and ending yarn tails.

Enjoy your new _______! If you would like the chart for this pattern, just send me a picture, or a link to a picture, of your completed ______ along with your email address and I'll email the chart to you.

Happy Stitching!


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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tunisian Crochet Duck Pattern

Who doesn't love a bright yellow rubber duckie? My cousin's upstairs bathroom inspired this next project, and it's a great way to practice your Tunisian crochet skills. Supplies needed are only two: a ball of yellow crochet cotton such as Peaches 'n Cream or Sugar 'n Cream available at such stores as Walmart, Michael's, AC Moore and the like, and a size K-10 1/2 afghan hook available online at Herrschner's or Mary Maxim, or perhaps at your local yarn shop.


Tunisian Crochet Duck ClothHere's my dapper little yellow duckie all ready to give your face, or even your child, a nice scrubbie with all that fabulous texture created by the Tunisian Purl stitches which make up the duck design. Of course, the back of the cloth is all bumpy too because that's just the way the back of Tunisian crochet is! Perfect for a face cloth or a dish cloth, don't you think?



Tunisian Crochet Duck ClothThis finished cloth measures 9 1/2 inches wide by 10 inches long, which includes the border. When I finished the Tunisian crochet body of the cloth, I switched to a regular size K crochet hook and worked a single crochet border all around the cloth, then a simple decorative border of (skip a stitch, 3 single crochets in next stitch, skip a stitch, one single crochet in next stitch) all the way around.

If you would like to make one for yourself, here is the chart which you can click on, then print.

Tunisian Crochet Duck Pattern
At the bottom of the chart, I have included the information for working the project. The beginning chain for this is 33. For each blank square of the chart, you work a Basic Tunisian Knit Stitch and for each X square on the chart, you work a Tunisian Purl Stitch. Remember that each row of Tunisian crochet is made up of the forward half of the row when you pick up all your stitches onto the hook, and the return half of the row where you work the stitches off the hook.

To follow this chart, you would begin at the lower right corner and work 5 rows of Basic Tunisian Knit Stitch. Then you would start the next row by counting how many Knit Stitches you need to work before starting the Purl Stitches. In this case it would be 11 Knit Stitches. Then count the number of X squares, which is 8, and work 8 Purl Stitches, then finish the row with Knit stitches, and work the return half of the row as usual. Continue following the chart upwards and from right to left until you have completed the entire chart. Work your border however you like, and you are finished.

I have designed some other patterns as well, and will be sharing them with you in the coming days and weeks. If you make something from this pattern, please send me a picture. I would love to see it, and maybe share it with my readers!

Happy Stitching!


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Friday, February 27, 2009

Another February Finish and a Crochet Mystery Project?

One Pay It Forward gift is finished and has been added to my list of finishes for the One Project a Month challenge on my sidebar. I'd love to show you a picture of the completed item in its proper context, but I think the person who will receive this reads my website. So you'll have to wait until I send it off and know it has been received before I spill the beans! Sorry.

But here's a consolation prize for you...

Recently you read here about how to work the Tunisian Rib, and I mentioned at the end of that article that I had come up with an interesting way to use that technique. Well, I thought I would make it even more interesting and offer it to you as a mystery project. What do you think of that idea? If there is interest in a Tunisian Crochet Mystery, I would love to present this little project in that format. I will tell you up front that it won't cost you very much money and it could even cost you nothing if you have the supplies on hand. I will also say that it is not a very big project, so it won't take long to finish. If I were to sit down and start it now, I could have it finished in a couple of hours, so maybe plan on a couple of evenings if you are a slow crocheter.

So what do you say? Are you up for a little mystery project using your new skills with Tunisian crochet? Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy Stitching!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Rib Video Tutorial

Time to add another stitch, or maybe technique is a better word, to the Tunisian Crochet library. This time you will see how to work Tunisian Rib. It is worked just the way you might imagine if you already know how to knit ribbing, that is, you work some number of Basic Tunisian Knit stitches and then some number of Tunisian Purl stitches and continue alternating across the row.



In this picture of my sample piece, you can see that I have worked three basic stitches, then 3 purls, 3 basic, 3 purls and I ended with 3 basic stitches. You can work this rib stitch using any number of stitches you like, and they don't have to be the same for basic and purl. For instance, you could work 5 basic, then 2 purl, and alternate like that across the row. Or you could work 4 basic, then 10 purl, and alternate like that across the row. Try different combinations to come up with one that suits your project.

This rib stitch is like a knitted rib in that it alternates knit and purl stitches, however it does not provide any stretch to the fabric like a knitted rib does. So you would want to take that into consideration when planning your project. This stitch offers a nice texture, but no stretch.

Here's a little video showing how to work Tunisian Rib:


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I have come up with a little project that uses this technique in an interesting way and I'll be sharing that with you soon. Can you think of ways to use Tunisian Rib creatively? I'd love to hear them!

Happy Stitching!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Double Stitch Video Tutorial

Here is yet another stitch to add to your Tunisian Crochet repertoire. It's called Tunisian Double Stitch, and I really like it. It's not quite as thick and stiff as Basic Tunisian Crochet, and it has this extra little row of diagonal stitches in between the rows of vertical bars. Here's a sample piece and I have included a quick little video on how to do the stitch so you can try it for yourself.


Tunisian Double Stitch SampleYou can see in between the rows of vertical bars, the little diagonal stitches made by drawing that extra yarn over through each stitch. I like the texture of this stitch and I think the diagonal row adds a little variety to the boxy look of Basic Tunisian.

Here's how to do the Tunisian Double Stitch:


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I hope you find this helpful and enjoy using this new stitch!

Happy Stitching!


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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Learn to Crochet -- Tunisian Crossed Stitch Video Tutorial

Here is another variation of Tunisian Crochet which I think is very pretty. It's called Tunisian Crossed Stitch and when you see the sample below, you will know why. The vertical bars usually made by the stitches of Tunisian Crochet are crossed over each other in pairs across the row. I would have thought this would make a much tighter fabric, but in fact the fabric seems to be softer and looser than Basic Tunisian Crochet. I have also included below a very short video on how to do this stitch.




You can see in the picture that the pairs of stitches form Xs all the way across the row. Another thing I noticed about this stitch is that it seems to pull the edges of the fabric inward, so you would have to account for this when planning a project. I would suggest first making a sample big enough to get a good idea of how many stitches you would get in 4 inches, and compare that to the gauge given for your project. Of course if you are using this stitch for an afghan or baby blanket, the gauge wouldn't be as important.


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I hope you find these videos helpful in learning some new stitches. Please let me know if you use them on a project and how you like them!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth Video Tutorial

Not too long ago, Merry of the darling Noah's Ark Crocheted Blanket fame, contacted me and asked if I could help her with a new project she had found on Ravelry for a Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth. Since I had not yet covered Tunisian crochet here at Hooked On Needles, I used that request as motivation to begin some tutorials on a few of the basic Tunisian stitches before jumping into the dishcloth pattern. I have had such fun with Tunisian Crochet since then and with this dishcloth pattern in particular. I hope you give it a try and see if you like it as much as I do.


Tunisian Short Row DishclothHere are a few pictures of my first dishcloth which I made just to make sure I could do the pattern myself before offering to help anyone else with it. It was pretty easy to pick up the technique and I thought the result was very pretty and different.


Tunisian Short Row DishclothThe six wedges of this pattern are all crocheted in one piece using a method of Tunisian Crochet called Short Row, which means just what is says...short or incomplete rows of Tunisian Crochet. The pattern is an original of Khebhin Gibbons who posted it on Ravelry as a free pattern. I contacted him and asked his permission to include the pattern here to go along with the video, since not everyone has or wants a Ravelry account. He graciously granted permission for me to reproduce his pattern here on my site, so now you can try it too. You can find the pattern after the video at the end of this post. Please make sure you give Khebhin credit for this dishcloth pattern if you share it with anyone else.


Tunisian Short Row DishclothThis is the completed dishcloth that you will see from beginning to end in the following video tutorial. I used a solid color in the video just so the picture wouldn't be quite so busy. It is about 9 inches across the middle so it is a generously sized cloth. It took about 2/3 of a ball of Peaches 'N Cream cotton yarn and I stitched it with a size K or 10 1/2 afghan hook. The single crochet border was worked with the same yarn and a size K regular crochet hook.

Here's the video, which I will warn you is quite lengthy for a tutorial, running just shy of 18 minutes. I tried to cover all the major points of making this pattern so that hopefully even a beginner would be able to crochet it. If you have never done Tunisian Crochet before, you might want to start out with the Tunisian Knit Stitch tutorial so you have a basic understanding of the technique. Also when you watch the video, you might want to click the pause button just after starting the video and allow most of the video to buffer before playing it. This should allow you to watch it without any odd little glitches caused from the buffering.


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Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth

You will need:
1 skein of dishcloth cotton-variegated preferred
size “J” afghan hook
yarn needle

*Note: all return rows are done as follows: Yo, pull through 1 loop on hook. **Yo, pull through two loops on hook. Rep from ** to end.

Chain 15.

First Wedge

Row 1: Pull up a loop in 2nd chain from hook. (2 loops on hook). Work return as shown in notes.

Row 2: Pull up a loop in next vertical bar. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (3 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Row 3: Pull up a loop in each of next 2 vertical bars. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (4 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Row 4: Pull up a loop in each of next 3 vertical bars. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (5 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Continue as established, pulling up a loop in next empty chain st after all vertical bars have been worked until you have worked all the chain sts and you have 15 loops on the hook. Work a return row. (1 loop remaining on hook.)

Wedges 2-6

Work as for Wedge 1, but using vertical bars on previous wedge instead of chain stitches.

After the sixth wedge has been worked off, slip stitch in each vertical bar across. Break yarn and thread yarn needle. With right sides facing, sew or whip stitch edges together. Using tail from original chain, sew center hole closed. Attach yarn to any stitch on outer edge and work 1 round of single crochet around entire edge. (That part is optional). Weave in ends and call it a day!

This Rainbow Tunisian Jacket designed by Dora Ohrenstein is a colorful example of using Tunisian Short Row for shaping a garment. It's a little more ambitious project than the dishcloth, but certainly something to look at and admire. I'm considering adding it to my wish list of projects to do someday!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Purl Stitch

I've been having entirely too much fun with Tunisian Crochet lately. After working up samples for the Tunisian Knit Stitch and the Tunisian Stockinette Stitch, I have moved on to the next logical stitch which is Tunisian Purl.

Just like in knitting, Tunisian Purl calls for the yarn to be held in front of the work for each stitch. Also similar to knitting, Tunisian Purl produces a row of little bumps, but it also retains the characteristic vertical bars of Basic Tunisian Knit Stitch. The fabric produced with Tunisian Purl is much softer than the other stitches we've covered so far, but the back side looks pretty much the same as the others.

It's a very pretty stitch as you can see in the picture...


Tunisian Purl Stitch Close-upThis sample was worked onto the same piece as the Tunisian Stockinette sample which you can see at the bottom of the picture. Just like in knitting, Stockinette produces a vertical columns of 'V' shaped stitches and Purl produces horizontal rows of little bumps between which you can also see the vertical bars just like the Tunisian Knit or Afghan Stitch.

Here's a little video showing how to work Tunisian Purl. I hope you find it helpful.


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Stockinette Stitch

In Tunisian Crochet, there are many variations on the Basic Stitch, also known as Tunisian Knit or Afghan Stitch, which I demonstrated just recently.

The next Tunisian stitch I would like to show you is called Tunisian Stockinette, named so because on the front it resembles knitted stockinette stitch. The back of Tunisian Stockinette looks very much like the back of Tunisian Knit, but Tunisian Stockinette produces a much thicker fabric. It is very easy to work especially if you have already mastered the Tunisian Knit Stitch, since it uses all the same basic techniques.


Tunisian Crochet - Stockinette Stitch SampleHere you can see what Tunisian Stockinette (top of the picture) looks like compared to Tunisian Knit (bottom of the picture). If you were to compare knitted stockinette fabric side by side with Tunisian Stockinette, you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two just by looking at the fronts. But once you handled the fabrics, you would know immediately which one was knitted and which one was crocheted. Knitted stockinette produces a very flat and thin fabric, while the fabric made by Tunisian Stockinette is quite thick and heavy.

Here's a little video showing how to work the Tunisian Stockinette Stitch. I hope you find this helpful.

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There are many more Tunisian stitches to share with you in the near future, but my next article about Tunisian Crochet will feature a pattern that is both quick and fun to do and makes a lovely face or dish cloth. You won't want to miss it!

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Knit Stitch or Afghan Stitch

Tunisian Crochet has been around for a long time and is called by many different names. You may have heard of the Afghan Stitch, or Shepherd's Knitting, or Railroad Knitting. These are all names for the same thing, Tunisian Crochet. I am sure there are many other names for it as well.

It is generally thought to be a cross between knitting and crocheting, as there are many similarities to each. The needle used for Tunisian Crochet looks like a crochet hook on one end and a knitting needle on the other. Only one needle is used at a time as in crochet, but many stitches are held on the needle at one time as in knitting. As in both knitting and crocheting, there is a huge variety of stitches that can be formed using Tunisian Crochet. There is one main difference though, and that is Tunisian Crochet is always worked from the front. The work is never turned. Because of this, Tunisian Crochet always forms a fabric that has a definite front side and back side.

Tunisian Crochet is also prone to curling at the ends so it is highly recommended that pieces be blocked before being stitched together or finished into blankets or garments. This curling is caused by there being generally more bulk of yarn on the back side of the piece than on the front which forces the fabric to curl forward. It is almost always recommended to use a needle two or three times larger than what is suggested for the yarn that is being used. This helps to reduce the curling, but does not eliminate it.

Ok, enough talk about it...let's get down to business!


Crochet hooks for Tunisian Crochet, also known as Afghan HooksThese hooks are what you would use for Tunisian Crochet. The first hook is small, size G, and it has a cable attached to the end, much like circular knitting needles have between the two ends. Notice the red circle which is the stopper at the end so the stitches don't fall off. This hook would accommodate a large number of stitches and would be suitable to use for a one piece blanket.

The extra large light blue hook is a size Q which is gigantic in diameter, but not very long and does not have a stopper at the end. This could be used for Tunisian Crochet when making something narrow such as a scarf, or panels for an afghan that will be stitched together later. This is the needle I used to crochet my very first afghan when I was about 12 years old! Unless the desired effect is very loose and lacy, two strands of yarn would be used with this hook.

The last two hooks are two different sizes of the same type of hook. You can see the stopper at the end just like a knitting needle, and the hook at the other end just like a crochet hook. Also notice that these hooks do not have the little flat part in middle like regular crochet hooks have where you rest your thumb and finger. This is because many stitches are held on the needle at one time and they need to remain consistent in size. The stitches also need to be able to move freely across the needle as in knitting.


Finished Tunisian Crochet or Afghan Stitch BlockThis is a block stitched in Basic Tunisian Crochet, also called the Tunisian Knit Stitch, or the Afghan Stitch. The block is 6 inches square and has already been blocked. You can see that it still wants to curl on the top and bottom of the square.


Tunisian Knit stitch close upThe Tunisian Knit Stitch makes a very pretty design on the front which is a wonderful fabric for working cross stitch into for added color and interest in a piece.


Back of Tunisian Knit blockThe back of the Tunisian Knit Stitch looks very similar to garter stitch in knitting. It is thick and firm and provides a nice hiding place for the wrong side of embroidery stitches that might be worked on the front.


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As mentioned in the video, there are quite a number of different stitches in Tunisian Crochet and the next one I am going to show you is called Tunisian Stockinette. My friend Merry from the Knittinghelp.com forum that I love to read has also asked for some help with a project that calls for Tunisian Short Row. I will be sharing a pattern for a lovely dish cloth that Merry wants to make and a video showing how you can make one yourself using your new skills in Tunisian Crochet.

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