At Yarndale this year, I picked up a 12mm tunisian crochet hook (double ended for luck) because I had never seen one that large before and was intrigued to see how chunky tunisian crochet would work up.
Finally I got round to using it so I wanted to share my creation. I have written up the pattern I used for anyone wanting to have a pop at Tunisian Crochet simple stitch
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I used the 12mm Tunisian crochet hook I just mentioned. If you are new to tunisian, it’s worth noting that generally you go up at least two hook sizes compared to what you would use for traditional crochet. I wanted something with a nice drape so decided I would work with a chunky weight yarn rather than anything heavier.
It is possible to work tunisian crochet with a traditional inline crochet hook (one that is the same width all the way across) but if you’re working something wider than the hook is long then I would advise trying to attach something to the hook to stop the work falling off the other end.
It may be a good idea to just make a small swatch with a traditional hook to get to grips with the technique before investing in a hook.
If you think you will be making larger items like blankets or clothing then you may want to look at interchangeable Tunisian crochet hooks that you can add cables to.
I intentionally wanted to use up some of my stash with this make, so after digging around in my chunky yarn box, I decided to go with Bergere de France Filomeche. I had 2 and a half 50g balls in grey (Yarn A) and half a 50g ball of yellow (Yarn B) left over from making my beehive beanie hat, which I wear all the time.
But really any chunky weight yarn will work with this pattern. Or any yarn which works with your hook!
This pattern uses the Tunisian Simple stitch which is pretty simple to learn. Instructions for it are given below and in the course of the pattern, so you should be able to follow this even if you’ve not worked Tunisian before.
It takes a little getting used to but this pattern is perfect for practicing and getting your tension right.
As this project is an infinity scarf which doubles over, it will hide a multitude of sins so it’s very forgiving if this is an experiment for you!
The finished scarf, using the instructions below measured 62cm in length and 20cm wide, but you can work a width and length to suit you. Infinity scarves tend to stretch with wear so I like to make them nice and tight to start with to keep me cosy!
Stitches and Abbreviations
- ch = chain
- fp = forward pass
- rp = return pass (yarn over, pull through 1, *yarn over pull through 2 loops; rep from * until you have one loop left on hook
- tss = Tunisian Simple Stitch
- yo = yarn over
Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)
To work the Tunisian simple stitch; *insert your hook underneath the horizontal bar just in front of your hook, yarn over and pull up a loop; repeat from * to the end of your row.
With each stitch you will add another loop to your hook.
Once you get to the end of the row, you work your return pass until you have one loop left on your hook then repeat the process for the next row.
It’s worth noting that Tunisian crochet simple stitch does have a tendency to curl up – this can be blocked out, but once you join each side of the scarf, this shouldn’t be an issue!
- Do not turn your work
- You will work 20 sts in each row but will have 21 loops on your hook at the end of each forward pass
- Keep your tension relaxed!!
Using a 12mm tunisian hook and the grey yarn, ch21
Forward Pass (FP): Insert hook into second chain from hook, yo, pull up a loop, *insert hook into next ch, yo, pull up a loop; rep from * to end (20 sts, 21 loops on hook)
Return Pass (RP): Yo pull through 1 st, yo pull through 2; rep from * until you have 1 loop left on your hook
FP: Work the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) all the way across to the end, (20 sts, 21 loops on hook)
RP: Work your rp as row 1 (1 loop on hook)
Repeat Row 2 for 29 rows, or until you want to start your colour changeS
How to change colours – Tunisian colourwork
There are various ways to change colours with Tunisian crochet, but the way I chose was to change colours at the beginning of the return pass As follows:
At the beginning of your RP, use your new yarn (Yarn B) from the first yarn over and complete your return pass as normal in Yarn B, then continue to work the next forward pass in Yarn B
Yarn A will be waiting for you as the end of the next forward pass so you can cary it up the edge in most cases. Where you work larger blocks of colour I recommend fastening your yarn off in between.
Below I have written out the colour combination I worked. Because the colour change starts in the return pass, one row below can be taken to mean a return pass and a forward pass.
- [1 row in Yarn B, 2 rows in Yarn A] twice
- [1 row in Yarn B, 1 row in Yarn A] twice
- Colour Block of 8 rows in Yarn B (Or in my case until I ran out of Yarn B!)
- Change back to Yarn A to finish the scarf
Continue to work the tss pattern until the scarf reaches desired length, finishing on a forward pass. Do not fasten off.
The normal way to fasten off is to complete the return pass through until you have the one loop left then yarn over and pull through the last loop, or work a row of single crochet instead of a forward pass.
Joining the two ends of the scarf
You can fasten off and stitch the two ends together, but I made up a join as you go technique to attach the two ends to turn it into an infinity scarf.
When working the last return pass, I basically used a traditional crochet join as you go method, working into the horizontal bars of the first forward pass row as follows:
At the start of the last RP, insert the hook into the edge of the first row, yarn over and pull through Row 1 and the first loop on hook, *insert hook under next horizontal bar on row 1, yarn over and pull through bar and next 2 loops on the hook; rep from * until you have one loop left on hook, insert the hook into edge of row 1, yarn over an pull through the remaining loops.
There you have it! I hope you enjoy having a play with Tunisian crochet – it’s certainly reminded me how much fun it is… I see more tunisian works in my future!!
I’d love to see your makes and please do feel free to share this project with your friends or on social using the the share buttons below – let’s spread some Tunisian crochet joy!
How to share your makes
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