Trying Tunisian

Indulging in a little browsing after my class at the Sheep Shop in Cambridge, I decided to treat myself to a Tunisian hook so that I could have a go.

Tunisian hooks are similar to a normal crochet but have a long stem or wire attached so that stitches can be held on them like in knitting.

Tunisian fabric is created by picking up a row of stitches which remain on the hook and are then closed off on the return row so at the end of a pass and return you have just one loop on the hook.
Luckily knit pro sell interchangeable Tunisian hooks which I can connect to my existing knit pro cables making it easy and not too expensive to try Tunisian crochet and also to work it flat or in the round if I get to like it. (working in the round involves a hook at either end of the cable)
I had a play around with a variety of different stitches that I had in various stitch dictionaries to create a little sampler and learn the basics. 

I have to say I am quite taken with it. The fabric has a nice drape like knitting, the range of stitches lends itself well to a lot of texture and interesting stitch patterns with different degrees of stretch and thickness. I will definitely be playing more and hope to run a class in the technique soon and maybe write a pattern.
There are some utterly beautiful Tunisian patterns out there. Amy Depew and Aoibhe Ni both specialise in Tunisian patterns and have produced wonderful pieces. My absolute favourite I have seen is Aoibhe’s Venus shawl. Its going on my ‘to make’ list – isn’t it stunning?
image from Aoibe Ni’s Ravelry page
In other news, I have a new pattern out in this month’s Yarnwise with an accompanying article about the process behind the design.
image copyright Tailor Made Publishing
And while we are at it I don’t think I blogged about the design in last month’s yarnwise
image copyright Tailor Made Publishing
I am sooooo looking forward to getting the sample back and wrapping myself up in the lovely soft pea green squidginess! 
I’ll also be in next month with one of my favourite designs so far. A really quick knit you’ll want to wear – watch this space.
Another thing to watch out for is a little project I’m doing in collaboration with Elly of Magpielly.co.uk, it should be released very soon – as soon as I can get some decent light to take the final photographs! Initially it will be available only in kit form from Elly. It makes a nice quick Christmas gift. Full update as soon as it is released.

Comments

  1. says

    I do like Tunisian, and feel that there is so much potential there, especially for openwork and lace. (So many techniques, so little time!) That shawl is stunning. Have you seen Vashti Braha’s Tunisian designs?

    Thanks for sharing the photos of your latest appearances in print – I haven’t seen that magazine here. That scarf does look very snuggly.

  2. says

    That shawl looks like bird feathers to me, beautiful! I didn’t know knitpro did matching tunisian hooks, tempted to give them a go some time

  3. says

    OOoh I’ve been inspired by Amy Depew’s amazing tunisian crochet projects too and have been keen to give it a try, love the the look of the knitpicks hooks, I have the circular needles, so I think I shall be adding the tunisian crochet hooks to my christmas list!
    Also, that scarf looks so so cosy!

  4. says

    I love Tunisian. The fabric it creates is so versatile. Just finishing up a a little pillow cover in a bulky yarn in simple stitch and the texture is fabulous! Give this technique a try if you haven’t.