Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tunisian Headbands

 Here are some more Tunisian projects. I made these headbands using Tunisian crochet stitches in the round with a double ended crochet hook and two different colors so you can really see the effect of the different stitches.

 This one is the honeycomb stitch. This is the same stitch that I used to make the blue scarf in the previous post. It is made by alternating Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) and Tunisian Purl Stitch.

  The next one is made using a Tunisian Rib Stitch. You make this pattern by alternating TSS and Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch. To make the twisted one you enter your hook into the vertical bar from the opposite direction as you would normally do with TSS. This pushes the two stitches together making vertical rows as you can see  below.

  My last headband is made using a Tunisian Cross Stitch. To make this pattern you skip the first bar, work a TSS in the next one then come back to the first bar and work a TSS, doing this for every pair of stitches. This crosses the stitches as you can see below.

  I didn't know there were so many different things you can do with Tunisian Crochet. I'm still experimenting and learning new stitches.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Scarves

  Lately I've been experimenting with Tunisian crochet. The first complete project I finished using a Tunisian stitch was this sparkly scarf. The pattern is called "Scarfaroo" from the book, Crochet Lace Innovations by Doris Chan . It has a pocket on one side to conveniently stash small objects with a couple snaps to close it up. The other side is supposed to have fringe according to the pattern, but I ran out of yarn at that point. I used Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Yarn". The drape of this scarf is really nice. I need to buy this book. I borrowed the book from the library a long time ago and never got around to posting a picture.

  The second project is from Annie's Crafts. It is called Honeycomb Scarf, made with the honeycomb stitch. If you know how to do tunisian simple stitch and tunisian purl stitch, this will be a breeze. You just alternate simple stitch and purl all the way across each row. As I got used to doing the pattern, my stitches got a little more loose and the "honeycomb" was easier to see. I used Lion Brand's Hometown USA yarn. It's super bulky and I think I used a size K or L hook. I would suggest using a bigger hook for this yarn. It is kind of stiff, really thick, and super warm.