Friday, December 16, 2011

Tunisian Crochet

This is for the FO Friday over at Tami's blog. I hope that this will keep me on track to finish up some items so that I can post over there. Some really, really talented people are taking part of this.

I tried my hand at some tunisian crochet and decided that I really liked the look of the stitch that is made. It is really cool how this actually works!!
I embarked on a scarf making mission. I thought both my sons would love to have a handmade scarf from mom. I quickly chained 21 and went along my merry way. WELL.....tunisian crochet all on it's own curls up really, really badly. I was so disenchanted, I didn't even take a picture. I googled and found that if you do a row of tunisian purl stitch at the beginning, that should take care of the curling problem. I tried that with 4 chains and it worked like magic. Can you guess the story is not quite done yet? I quickly pulled that out and chained 21 again and went along with just the one purl row. It curled again!! Pulled it out, chained, did 2 rows - no dice - lots of curling. At 4 rows of the purl stitch it pretty much held it's shape and I was pretty happy. Crocheted until it was long enough, did 4 more rows of purl stitch and was done, or so I thought. Now the ends just flipped over. HMMM...I decided to do two rows of single crochet around the entire thing. Magic happened - no curling and no flipping!!
Close up of the stitch detail. Just love the straight up and down stitches!
Started: First part of November
Finished: 12/8/2011
US9 Tunisian Crochet Hook
Yarn: Sensations It's a Wrap
Color: #3 Taupe
Lot: F1021
Chained 21 stitches to begin - 4 rows tunisian purl stitch-regular tunisian stitch for the rest-ended with 4 rows tunisian purl stitch-2 rows of single crochet around the entire scarf.
Dimensions: 66 3/4" X 6 1/2"
These are fingerless mitts. I thought the 11 year old boy would enjoy these.
Chained 26 to start-4 rows tunisian purl stitch-13 rows regular tunisian stitch-4 row tunisian purl stitch. I did not apply the single crochet around the mitts.
Dimensions: 7 1/4" X 6 1/4"
My hand modeling one of the mitts. They feel very comfortable. I hope my son likes them :o)
Scarf #2 for 6 year old son.
Same pattern used
Same hook used
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Paints
Color: 0009 Sticks & Stones
Lot: 55506
Dimensions: 44 1/4" X 6 1/4"
Stitch detail.
Younger son's mitts.
Dimensions: 6 1/2" X 5 3/4"
Now to finish up the mitts for the girls!!!


Stacey (FreshStitches) said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has that experience with Tunisian! I also solved it by single crocheting around :)

Sandy said...

I never liked doing the afghan stitch which is what we called it back in the dark ages before it got renamed to Tunisian. I'm not sure why it got renamed either, must be a reason. Makes everyone think it's new I guess, when in's a very old stitch that kinda went by the way side. I hear ya on the curling...which is reason I gave away my afghan hook long ago. lol But, it's sure making a strong comeback, perhaps I should give it another go round? It's like knitting that you always have to worry about curling. Love the colors, and hope your sons are happy with their gifts.

hakucho said...

I like the look too....makes a nice thick fabric :)