How to make symmetrical decreases leaning to the left and to the right in Tunisian crochet? In this article, I’m showing you a technique with the Tunisian simple stitch as the main stitch for the sample. And I explain why symmetry with the simple stitch is not an easy thing to create. Keep in mind there are other options with other Tunisian stitches.Continue reading
Reverse yarn over increase
A reverse yarn over increase is less common (less conventional?) than a yarn over increase. In short, you make a yarn over the other way round. Make sure you don’t mix them. There is no right or wrong way of doing a yarn over. It’s just different.
A reverse yarn over increase is made between 2 Tunisian stitches. For the sample in this article, I used the Tunisian simple stitch. But you can use any other stitches.
To make a reverse yo, move the yarn under the hook to the front, then over the hook from front to back.
Without getting into technical details, in short, a reverse yarn over creates a loop on your hook that is oriented differently compared to a simple yarn over. This creates a different visual.
Here above, I placed a reverse yarn over systematically before the increase in the previous row.
If placed systematically after the increase of the previous row, the reverse yarn over looks completely different. The return pass chain is much more visible. And, on the right of this gap, the vertical bars of the Tunisian simple stitch and the inverse yarn over increase are closer to each other compared to the other stitches in the row.
Reverse yarn over increase in video
Yarn over increase
I think that the easiest type of increase in Tunisian crochet is the yarn over increase. You simply make a yarn over in between 2 stitches and you consider this yarn over as a new stitch. I used the Tunisian simple stitch for the sample here. But it works with any type of stitch.
To make a yarn over, wrap the working yarn around your hook, from back to front, over the hook. At the start, the working yarn is at the back of the hook. After the yarn over increase, the working yarn is back at its initial place.
You can make this yarn over increase anywhere you want in a row. In the photo below, I first made a yarn over increase systematically before each yarn over increase from the previous row. Then I made a yarn over increase always after each yarn over increase from the previous row.
Yarn over increase in video
Seam along a final row in Tunisian crochet
Find out how to make a seam along the final row of a Tunisian crochet project. This seam is almost invisible when used in a project made with the Tunisian simple stitch.
In the photo tutorial and the video I have used a white yarn to make the seam. No need to use a different yarn. Keep the same thread as for the rest of your work. The white yarn here is just to highlight the contrast with the final row made with the blue yarn.Continue reading
Simple connecting stitch
There are different types of connecting stitches in Tunisian crochet. The basic principle is always the same: you “connect” the end of a row to any other part of your project.
In this article, I show you how to make a simple connecting stitch that works well with the Tunisian simple stitch (hence the name “simple”). It allows you to join the end to the beginning of a row.
Kind reminder: English is not my mother tongue. I opted for “connecting stitch” but you can call it “joining stitch” or anything else. As you wish.Continue reading
Tunisian crochet beanies and curling edge
Tunisian crochet will always tend to curl. It’s mechanical. Yet there are several techniques to prevent edges from rolling. In this article I share my tips to fight against curling edges when making Tunisian crochet beanies.
You can make Tunisian crochet beanies in several different ways. So you won’t fight curling the same way in all cases. It all depends on the construction type of your beanie, whether you start it from the top or the bottom.Continue reading
Free pattern la Quadrature du cercle
La Quadrature du cercle (Squaring the circle) is a free pattern I designed to make a square in the round with a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook. Hence the name…
I created this free pattern in the frame of the “Tunisian blanket CAL” organized by KnitterKnotter, alias Arunima, in 2021. It’s a Tcal during which several Tunisian crochet designers all around the world publish instructions to make squares in Tunisian crochet throughout the year. At the end of the year all these squares are meant to be seamed together to make a big blanket. For more details about the Tcal, follow KnitterKnotter. She’s the host centralising all patterns created by the participating designers.Continue reading
Tunisian rib stitch in 2 colors worked flat
In this article I’m sharing the technique to make the Tunisian rib stitch in 2 colors but worked flat (not in the round).Continue reading
TC beanie Somme toute
I’ve published a new pattern: Somme toute (Altogether). The pattern is available on Ravelry and Payhip. It’s a beanie worked in the round with a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook.
Not sure how this works? You’ll find details about how to use a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook to work in the round on my website. In this article, I tell you about my pattern Somme toute.Continue reading
Magic ring and double-ended hook
In this article, I share a video (in French) in which I show how to make a magic ring and start working in a round with a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook.
I use this technique mainly for top down beanies and hats. They are easy to make from the top of the crown. This technique allows to make a wide variety of shapes depending on where you place increases and decreases and which stitches you use. You can also use it to make a series of shapes that you join to make a blanket. You have endless possibilities.Continue reading