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Celebrate National Crochet Month by Learning Tunisian!

March 4th, 2013

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It’s National Crochet Month, and I’m going to be highlighting some advanced crochet techniques on the blog every Monday in March. Today, I wanted to take a look at some great patterns that utilize the afghan stitch or Tunisian crochet. If you’ve never heard of Tunisian crochet before, you might be surprised by the technique. Like knitting, you’ll keep all of your stitches on your hook at once while doing Tunisian crochet, which is why you’ll generally use a longer hook that’s specific to this style. It looks like a hybrid knitting needle and crochet hook, with a long shaft, an end-cap on one end and a hook on the other. The simple Tunisian stitch creates a sturdy, dimensional canvas that’s perfect for embroidery or crocheting on top. To learn more about Tunisian crochet, check out the About.com guide.

Once you’re ready to get started, you can try your hand at some small, simple projects, like cuffs or a headband crocheted in Bonbons, or you can dive in to an entrelac afghan or sampler stitch throw in the beautiful colorways of Vanna’s Choice to practice all of your newly-learned stitches.

cuffs headband tote
Tunisian Crochet Cuffs Tunisian Crochet Headband Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Tote

entrelac throw  popart
Crochet Entrelac Throw Tunisian Sampler Stitch Throw Pop-Art Afghan

Have you practiced any Tunisian crochet? What’s your favorite advanced crochet technique?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579061560 Patti Kalina

    Would really like to see/find a good pattern for entrelac in the round. I’ve been looking for a long time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kim.bedwell.7 Kim Bedwell

      you tube has one just type it in and it will show you. I have done it years ago and they are beautiful

  • DZCrafter

    I find it funny that Tunisian is getting so popular. When my grandmother taught me to crochet over 50 years ago, the first thing I learned was the ‘afghan’ stitch. I only found out a few years ago it is called Tunisian! I love the stitch and love the new patterns that are coming out using it.

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  • Susan

    Yes, everything old is new again, but that’s a good thing! Each generation should learn from the one before so they can pass it on to the next. It only “seems new” to the ones who have yet to learn. I am so glad that the younger generation is excited to learn the things my grandmother taught me. When my daughters are ready to learn, I will be passing these skills onto them.

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