Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Alternating Tunisian Crochet with Single Crochet 103112


by M.J.Joachim
Combining Tunisian crochet stitches with traditional crochet stitches is a neat thing to do for a variety of reasons. Intricate designs can be developed within your projects; all-over fabrics acquire delicate details, which make them stand out all the more.

Today’s post is a system of sequences, if you will. In the first sequence, you will alternate between Tunisian knit and Tunisian pearl stitches. Single crochet stitches are used for the second sequence. Then a row of dc Tunisian crochet knit stitches, after which you’ll repeat the single crochet sequence, followed by the Tunisian knit and pearl sequence.

Alternating Tunisian Crochet with Single Crochet 103112

You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, when making traditional Tunisian crochet stitches. However, you will be turning your piece, when making traditional crochet stitches.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
Begin by making a traditional Tunisian foundation row, using as many stitches as you need or want.  Follow Steps 1 – 6 for pattern instructions, completing fabric using the desired finishing technique, or leaving unfinished to join to other pieces, when ready.
Step 1:  Cast on loops sequentially like this: (Tunisian knit stitch, Tunisian knit pearl stitch) across row, alternating every other stitch – tkn, tknp, tkn, tknp, tkn, tknp etc.
{Cast off loops until you have 1 loop left on your hook. (See above)}
Step 2:  Chain 1; make 1 single crochet through each of the vertical bars across the row, following Tunisian crochet simple stitch (TSS) guidelines in Basic Information Tutorial linked above. Turn.

Step 3:  Chain 1, single crochet in each stitch across row.

Step 4:  Chain 2, double crochet Tunisian knit stitch to cast on loops across row. Note:  Insert hook directly into sc stitch desired.
>>>Yarn over
>>>Insert hook in stitch
>>>Yarn over, draw up a loop
>>>Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook


{Cast off loops until you have 1 loop left on your hook. (See above)}
Step 5:  Repeat Steps 2 and 3
Step 6:  Cast on through each single crochet stitch, as you did in Step 1, alternating between Tunisian knit and Tunisian knit pearl stitches.

{Cast off loops until you have 1 loop left on your hook. (See above)}
Repeat Steps 1 – 6 for pattern.
Step 7:  Use desired finishing technique to complete project.
That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Cross Stitch Tutorial


by M. J. Joachim
Tunisian crochet cross stitches create a range of interesting fabrics. Using traditional Tunisian crochet stitches, and a cross-stitch technique, you can easily make some positively gorgeous projects, using very little time and effort. Please keep in mind, larger stitches tend to widen the fabric respectively.
Today’s post uses Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) for the base. This is where you insert only through the vertical bar.
Cross Stitch Crochet Technique
Step 1:  Skip first stitch, insert hook in following stitch
Step 2:  Cross back over stitch just made, and insert hook in the stitch you missed
(In other words, your stitch is an “X” >>> Step 1:  / and Step 2:  \, working over the next 2 stitches in your pattern.)
These fabric cross-stitch diagrams help illustrate the point. They are from Wikipedia Commons, and are public domain graphs.
 

You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
Tunisian Simple Stitch>>> Insert hook only through the vertical bar, yarn over and cast on a loop
Traditional Tunisian Simple Stitch Cross Stitch:  Notice how this stitch creates a very closely woven overall effect.

Tunisian Simple Stitch Double Crochet Cross Stitch:  Notice how this stitch has a lacier appearance. You can see how to make Tunisian Double Crochet stitches in my TunisianDouble Crochet Knit Stitch post. Simply follow the same procedure, using Tunisian Simple Stitch, instead of Tunisian Knit Stitch.

Tunisian Simple Stitch Triple Crochet Cross Stitch:  Notice how this stitch develops twists in its rows, similar to a cable stitch. Learn how to make TSSTriple Crochet here.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Basic Information


by M. J. Joachim

Tunisian stitch patterns almost always begin with a foundation chain.

Loops are cast onto an afghan hook. However, other hooks may be used, depending on your project.

Loops are cast off, first one for the edge (in most patterns), then two at a time, until 1 loop is left on the hook.

Vertical bars present themselves in the fabric. Notice gold yarn under vertical bars.

Horizontal bars (representative of the base chain) also present themselves. Notice green yarn, woven around horizontal (or base) bars.

Tunisian simple stitch cast on by working under the vertical bar only.

Tunisian knit stitch is cast on by passing through the vertical and base bar simultaneously.

Tunisian base stitch is cast on by inserting hook under horizontal base bar only.

Variations for patterns are created when yarn is passed in front of (pearl) or behind fabric, and when chain stitches are added, to create a lacy effect. Variations are also made when different basic Tunisian stitches are combined to make interesting patterns, or when traditional crochet stitches are interspersed with Tunisian crochet stitches.

Complete Tunisian crochet projects by making single crochet stitches across the last row, or by (slip stitching) to cast off loops, as explained here.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tunisian Crochet 10 Panels 102712


by M. J. Joachim
Today’s Tunisian pattern is very easy to make. All you need to do is the math – which is in multiples of 10. Using the Tunisian Simple Stitch, and alternating between regular and pearl stitches, you can create a sizable project that looks absolutely gorgeous, with minimal effort. Incidentally, this is a fabulous pattern to make a quick winter hat!
Creative Notice: I’m not sure if this has ever been done before. I don’t own a Tunisian stitch book and haven’t searched to see if it’s online. Please respect all copyright for this pattern. Thank you.
Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
Tunisian Simple Stitch>>> Insert hook only through the vertical bar, yarn over and cast on a loop

Tunisian Simple Pearl Stitch>>> Place yarn directly over hook, insert through vertical bar, place yarn under hook, yarn over and cast on loop

Note: Tunisian Simple Stitch is different from the Tunisian knit stitch, in that you are only working with the vertical bars, as opposed to inserting hook through both vertical and horizontal bars, on your fabric.

Tunisian 10 Panels Instruction

Foundation: Make a multiple of 10 stitches, and a traditional Tunisian foundation row, casting on loops from each of your chain stitches, then casting off (1 loop, then 2 loops) until you have 1 loop left on your hook.

Note:  The first loop on your hook counts as 1, so when you work your first panel, you will only cast on 9 more loops.
Step 1:  Cast on 9 loops Tunisian Simple Stitch
Step 2:  Cast on 10 loops Tunisian Simple Pearl Stitch
Step 3:  Cast on 10 loops Tunisian Simple Stitch
[Repeat Steps 2 and 3 across row. Be sure to cast on in very last stitch in row to keep edges even.]
Step 4:  Cast off loops. (see above)
Repeat Steps 1 – 4 for pattern
That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Finishing Techniques



by M. J. Joachim

One of the most common ways to finish Tunisian crochet projects is to single crochet across the top. I’ve used this method quite a bit, and it works perfectly well, creating a neatly woven edge. 

However, there is another way. For those familiar with knitting, this might be an “aha” moment. 



Step 1:  Insert hook in stitch as if to cast on a loop


Step 2:  Yarn over, draw through all loops on hook, so that only 1 loop remains on your hook
[Repeat Steps 1 and 2 across row]
Note:  You can use whatever Tunisian stitch you used in your project, to maintain consistency in your pattern. You might also choose to use any other Tunisian stitch you’d like, allowing your edge to be a distinct part of your piece.
That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tunisian Basketweave Pattern 102212


by M. J. Joachim
The Tunisian basketweave pattern results when you alternate standard Tunisian knit stitches with Tunisian pearl stitches. Tunisian knit stitches work by casting on loops when the yarn is at the back of the fabric being made, while Tunisian pearl stitches bring the yarn to the front of the fabric, before casting loops onto the hook. Working in blocks of 4, you can create a simple basketweave fabric very quickly and easily.
Creative Notice: I’m not sure if this has ever been done before. I don’t own a Tunisian stitch book and haven’t searched to see if it’s online. Please respect all copyright for this pattern. Thank you.
Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
Individual Stitch Instruction
Tunisian Knit Stitch>>> insert hook through next vertical and horizontal bar, yarn over, cast on loop

Tunisian Pearl Stitch>>> place yarn directly over hook, insert hook through next vertical and horizontal bar (just like Tunisian knit stitch), place yarn under hook, yarn over and cast on loop


Note:  Work pattern in blocks of 4 stitches and 4 rows each.

Tunisian Basketweave Pattern 102212 Instructions

Foundation:  (multiple of 4 chains) Make a traditional Tunisian foundation row >>> Chain (length desired); cast on loops; cast off loops
Step 1:  (beginning of row) Cast on Tunisian knit stitch in 1st three stitches
Step 2:  Cast on Tunisian pearl stitch in next 4 stitches
Step 3:  Cast on Tunisian knit stitch in next 4 stitches
[Repeat Steps 2 and 3 across row]
Step 4:  Cast off loops (see above)
[Repeat Steps 1 – 4 three more times]

Step 5:  (beginning of row) Cast on Tunisian pearl stitch in next 3 stitches
Step 6:  Cast on Tunisian knit stitch in next 4 stitches
Step 7:  Cast on Tunisian pearl stitch in next 4 stitches
[Repeat Steps 6 and 7 across row]

Step 8:  Cast off loops
[Repeat Steps 5 – 8 three more times]
Repeat Steps 1 – 8 for pattern
That’s all for now, good peopleJ Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Diagonal Tunisian Crochet Stitch Pattern 101712


by M. J. Joachim
I’ve been working diligently on a few fairly large projects lately. In between, I’ve been fiddling around with different combinations of Tunisian crochet stitches, and writing them down in a notebook. I was fairly certain this one pattern was magnificent – until I tried to replicate it, that is. Somehow, as you progress with the pattern, the stitch count (skips or adds), take your pick, and you end up with a much more abstract fabric that really looks like more of a mess, than a beautiful design made with your stitches.
Thankfully, I have a few patterns already written down in my notebook. After re-testing the one for today’s tutorial, I discovered how pretty it really is. Because I used variegated yarn the first time, it was difficult to see the diagonal lines, but when you use a solid color, they show up quite nicely.
Creative Notice: I’m not sure if this has ever been done before. I don’t own a Tunisian stitch book and haven’t searched to see if it’s online. Please respect all copyright for this pattern. Thank you.
Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
*The catch for this pattern is alternating the beginning of each new cast on row. The first time, you will begin with a Tunisian knit stitch; the second time, you will skip the 1st vertical bar and begin by inserting your hook in the horizontal bar following it.
You might think of it as pairs of rows to make this easier:
Row A: Tunisian knit stitch first, then horizontal bar
Row B: Cast off
Row C:  Horizontal bar stitch first, then Tunisian knit stitch
Row B:  Cast off

Stitch Tutorial
Foundation:  Make a traditional Tunisian foundation row >>> Chain (length desired); cast on loops; cast off loops
Step 1:  Make Tunisian knit stitch by inserting hook through 1st vertical and horizontal bars, and cast on a loop


Step 2:  Skip next vertical bar, insert hook in next horizontal bar and cast on a loop; make Tunisian knit stitch through vertical and horizontal bar directly following horizontal bar you just casted on a loop from, casting on loops respectively as you work, alternating stitches through horizontal bar and Tunisian knit stitches across row



*Note:  Be sure to cast on from last stitch in previous row, to keep your edges even.
[Repeat Step 2 across row]

Step 3:  Cast off loops (see above) – cast off 1 loop, then 2 loops at a time
Step 4:  Skip next vertical bar, and cast on loop from horizontal bar behind it.


Step 5:  Tunisian knit stitch through vertical and horizontal bar directly following horizontal bar you just casted on a loop from, casting on loops respectively as you work, and alternating stitches like you did in Step 2


[Repeat Step 5 across row]

Step 6: Cast off loops

Repeat Steps 2 – 6 for pattern

That’s all for now, good peopleJ Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Newborn Baby Hat Crochet Pattern 101512


by M. J. Joachim
If ever there is a great way to use up scraps of yarn, I’d say making baby bonnets is a fabulous way to do it! And since much of this month is focused on Tunisian crochet, I’ve come up with an original baby hat pattern, which alternates traditional crochet stitches with Tunisian crochet stitches. Naturally, all copyright rules apply. However, as I’m sure you know, I absolutely love it when you link to Lots of Crochet Stitches Blog and share my posts through social networking, email etc.J
Before I list the instructions, I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank Glory Lennon, for sharing her beautiful Mobius Shawl Pattern. What a neat idea to take a simple netting stitch and turn it into something as creative as her gorgeous shawl!

Newborn Baby Hat 101512 Instructions

Use Hook Size J
Step 1:  Chain 6; make a ring by slip stitching into the 1st chain
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st double crochet), make 23 more dc in center of ring

Step 3:  Join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc
Step 4:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); make 1 dc in each of the next 5 dc

Step 5:  Double crochet Tunisian Simple Stitch over the next 6 stitches
>>>Yarn over, insert hook in desired stitch
>>>Yarn over, draw up a loop
>>>Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook


Step 6:  Cast off loops:  Yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook; yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook until only 1 loop remains on hook
Step 7:  Inserting hook through the vertical and horizontal bar of each stitch, single crochet in each of the next 5 stitches; single crochet 1 more time in the last stitch of the previous Tunisian row.



Step 8:  Double crochet in next 6 stitches
Step 9:  Repeat Steps 5 – 7; join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc


Step 10:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 5 stitches, chain 2
Step 11:  Skip next stitch, repeat Steps 5 – 7 over next 6 single crochet stitches; chain 2


Step 12:  Double crochet in next 6 stitches, chain 2
Step 13:  Repeat Step 11 one more time; join with a slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc
Continue Steps 4 – 13, consistently adding 1 more chain in each corner for each respective round, making 3 more rounds this way.


Step 14:  Chain 1, single crochet in same space; single crochet in each stitch around
Step 15:  Join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet; finish off and weave in loose ends.
Note:  Single crochet in each stitch of chain loops, just like you do for foundation chains.


That’s all for now, good peopleJ Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.
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