Hi everyone, Saar has invited me to start some discussions about Tunisian Crochet.
I’ve been designing Tunisian Crochet items for a couple of years now (you can see most of them on my Ribblr store). My focus is on size inclusive wearables using techniques accessible to just about everyone.
Are there any people here interested in Tunisian Crochet that don’t know where to start?
My top tips:
Start with a small project like a washcloth/square/scarf/swatch
use big yarn that isn’t ‘splitty’ - I recommend all beginners start with 8 ply yarn (dk) and a 6mm hook
you don’t need to buy fancy hooks to get started. A 30cm or 12" rigid hook is perfect for a beginner who just wants to play with making squares. If you already have standard short crochet hooks, you can use these too - the ones without hand grips.
learn tunisian simple stitch first. If you can master that you can make almost all of my patterns.
practice until it’s feeling comfortable to make the stitches and you’re getting an even tension.
Ok cool. Well, there are a couple of methods. I haven’t done tutorials on them myself because there are already quite a lot around.
There are two main methods and they differ based on whether you’re using a double ended hook or a single ended hook with a cable.
Here’s a tutorial on how to use a double ended hook by my friend Rachel Henri (her blog is fabulous, I recommend all her tutorials). Rachel Henri tutorial
And here is a good tutorial for the magic loop method (single ended cabled hook) on the Stitch Diva website.. This tutorial has been around for years - it’s actually how I learned.
There is a more sophisticated joining method for the magic loop method coined by Rachel Henri called the ‘connecting stitch’. I use this method now - it’s better. The tutorials for this are within some of her patterns.
Kim Guzman has also done several YouTube on in the round as well. But I like the above ones best.
My tip for all of these: start with something small/achievable - just a practice swatch will be fine and go with at least dk yarn and a 6mm hook for ease of working the sts.
Hooks. Well… I can give you a lot of information there.
Firstly - I wouldn’t recommend the cheap bamboo ones with horrid clear inflexible cables. Throw them in the bin… haha
A lot of people like the Denise hooks. I’ve never used them myself but I know they are popular and readily available. I know some people that that’s the only hook they use and they just love them.
I started out with KnitPro Symfonie hooks. I don’t use them much any more but they were great for starting out. What I’m not happy with with these hooks is their inconsistent tips. Even when buying a full set you’ll probably find the tips are all a bit different. I had my husband alter most of mine.
There are lots of commercial brands making hook sets nowadays - more than when I started. I know Pony do some that have had good reviews, there’s the Chiaogoo set (I have this set - they’re good if you like bamboo hooks). Not many places have rigid double ended hooks though - they can be hard to find.
As to high end hooks - CATCH are the best. My favourite anyway. This is my husband’s side hustle. He sells them via Facebook & Instagram
I promise I’m not being biased with these hooks - he has been making hooks about 10 years and has honed and honed them until they’re perfect. He does timber single & double ended and anodised aluminium doubles and cabled hooks. I don’t use any other hooks these days. If I need an odd size, he pops down to the workshop and makes it for me! I’m a bit spoiled there!
If you’re only dabbling, I wouldn’t bother with a full set of expensive hooks - the ChiaoGoo ones cost me over $200AUD. Get yourself either single hooks or a smaller set - I know Denise have some smaller hook sets that look pretty cool. If you’re getting serious and want a full set, I can point you to a page I moderate on Ravelry that has a full hook review of the known ones.
I’ll keep my bamboo ones for practice, but since they hurt my wrists I’ll definitely purchase another set. The end stoppers already are coming off (it’s a plastic bead at the end).
I found the smaller Denise interchangeable hook set you mentioned. It comes with 6.5 mm-15 mm hooks, so I’m thinking to purchase them.
Until I get serious about the craft, I’ll wait to purchase a good expensive set. I waited a year before I purchased my Chiaogoo interchangeable knitting needles set, and it was a great purchase. I really appreciate your help!
Hey Saar, well I don’t find it complicated but I’ve had a lot of people say that it is! But they’re much newer to tc than I am. There are only 3 stitches in it and it’s a small project so with that I’d say yes, it’s basic to do. You just have to concentrate.
That pattern is a good advertisement for the Ribblr charts - for those who are struggling with the counting and keeping track of stitches, the interactive chart will help them a lot.
Saar, I just had a thought bubble… When there is a journal for a pattern, I reckon it would be cool for the thumbnail of the pattern to display a symbol to show that there is a journal for it - without going further into the pattern - like how there is the knitting/crochet/tc symbol underneath IYKWIM
I just did a little Google search but didn’t find anything to answer my question so I was wondering if you might know
Im currently making a Tunisian shawl,
Got up to make a cuppa, came back and can’t for the life of me remember if I was doing a forward pass or return pass
I can’t tell which way
I don’t suppose there is a way to tell unless I make a note? Or maybe it will show up on the next forward pass?