Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Tunisian Education continues...

My first Tunisian pattern completed! This one is the Tunisian short row dish cloth. I added a crocheted scalloped border for pizzazz! You can find the pattern and excellent video tutorial here.

As you can see, this pattern is similar to the knitting one. You create 6 wedges and then slip stitch the last seam to the first seam to form the circle.

Stay tuned for more......

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tunisian Crochet Dishcloths

I have been a little obsessed with the Tunisian Crochet Stitch. I am still waiting for my needles so I used a double hook crochet needles for these. I put an elastic band at one end so that my stitches did not fall off. I practiced the Tunisian Simple Stitch for these dish cloths.

The Tunisian Simple Stitch - Right Side and Wrong Side

Showing both sides..

Not Tunisian, but round and different. This is something I am free-styling. It is a 100% cotton so super absorbent and perfect for your kitchen.

I am trying to figure out how to do the Tunisian Cross stitch but can not find a helpful video anywhere. If anyone knows of any please let me know.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Beauty of Crochet

The beauty of crochet is that it is quick and easy. I made this hat in a day and since then have been making last minute Christmas gifts such as beanies for the young boys in the family.

This hat was my first attempt at making a cloche but I did some decreasing where I should have increased which made the top look more like a fedora. I made a second one and the top is much more rounded and sloped to look like a cloche. I have been reading about all the stitches and practicing how to read a pattern in hopes to not just 'wing it'.

In all my searching I came upon a style of crochet that I absolutely fell in love with. It is called Tunisian crochet aka the afghan stitch and it looks like a cross between crochet and knitting. You use a long crochet hook or you can use a double ended crochet hook. I ordered some needles and can't wait to get them.
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