A TCAL (Tunisian crochet along) is a good way to crochet together and have fun, meet or make new friends, exchange ideas, share progress on wips, find inspiration. In August, the Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers organizes its first TCAL. The theme is “play with color”. Want to join? Read more about it in this article.Continue reading
Did you know that many knitting and crochet patterns are tested before their release? I find this is a crucial step before adding a pattern to my Ravelry shop. What is it about? How does it work? What’s the added value? Well, it depends on the design, the pattern, the designer and the tester. In this article I’m telling you about the main elements I find important in this process.Continue reading
It is a triangular shawl worked sideways, from one angle to the opposite one along the top edge. It is made with basic Tunisian stitches, so if you have basic knowledge of Tunisian crochet, this pattern will give you the chance to play with increases, decreases and color changes.Continue reading
My Tunisian crochet pattern For intérieur (Deep down) is now available on Ravelry. It is a triangular shawl with a textured motif made with crossed stitches. I would say it is a rhythmic pattern. Do you recognize it? It is the project I used to illustrate my article about a simple blocking method.Continue reading
Today I published a new pattern page on Ravelry: Jardin extraordinaire (Extraordinary garden).
It is a pattern that I designed in collaboration with the Belgian indie dyer Les aiguilles du hérisson. I used her yarn Buisson, 100% cotton, available in multiple colorways, all with natural vegetable dyes. A very soft yarn, that is ideal to work in Tunisian crochet.
My pattern is available for free as part of yarn kits. For the launch, today the 21st of May, get 10% off with the discount code JARDIN10 from the Etsy shop of Les aiguilles du hérisson.
This slightly crescent shawl allows for multiple arrangements in colors display. There are 2 types of kits available:
- multi-color yarns, as in my first project in garance (pink)
- solid color yarns, as in my second project in grey and gold
The pattern includes a schematic, detailed instructions and a photo tutorial. Even though this is Tunisian crochet, there is no need for a special hook. A “standard” hook (without ergonomic grip) on which you can hold a maximum of 10 loops will do.
Go and visit the Etsy shop of Les Aiguilles du hérisson. Find the colorways in yarn Buisson that you like best.
As announced in the previous post, right now I’m busy reviewing the patterns I published on Ravelry. By chronological order, from the oldest to the newest. Here is a status on what has been done so far. I’m not finished yet, but I’m progressing, little by little.Continue reading
A short message today to warn those who have purchased my patterns on Ravelry: I’m reviewing my patterns (essentially the lay out) and, in the coming days, you’ll receive an update notification in your Ravelry library for the patterns you have purchased.
Why do I review my patterns?
I started to publish patterns on Ravelry 3 years ago. Even if instructions are correct (and I take this opportunity to warmly thank my testers for their dedication and support in my work), my editorial style has evolved over time.
Some patterns will have slight updates. But the oldest patterns will be subject to a more thorough review. For example, one of my first patterns, Le bois des rêves.
In the beginning I only wanted to review the graph, but then, while I was at it, I thought I would change a few more things. And since I’m busy with this review, I thought I could as well review the other patterns. Let’s call it a sanity check.
Does it really matter?
The big advantage of Ravelry (well, one of the big advantages) is the access to an electronic library, a place where you can save all the patterns you like. The key word here is “electronic”. It means that you have access to the latest version of the patterns you saved in your library. Forget about errata. The Ravelry library will always give you the latest update of the patterns you saved there. Isn’t it great?
Not long ago I joined the Tunisian crochet explorers group on Ravelry. The aim is to explore different aspect of Tunisian crochet together, no matter where we are in this world. This group counts already several discussion threads. One of which is about conversion of knitting patterns into Tunisian crochet. But I actively participate to another discussion about gauge. An experiment launched by Abbey from Australia.Continue reading
Ravelry is a website about yarn crafts, and more specifically about knitting and crochet. If you don’t know Ravelry yet, I strongly encourage you to join it. It’s free and you have access to a gold mine of information in different languages about projects done by people all around the world, patterns (free or to purchase) and yarns.
Ravelry is also a place to join discussion groups. By definition, a group is a number of people gathering around something they have in common. The interest shared by the group can take endless forms. On Ravelry you’ll find groups per geographical area or per interests, other than yarn crafts specifically, on a wide variety of themes such as literature, movies, food, gardening… Today I’ll tell you about 2 groups with an interest for Tunisian crochet.
The French speaking group Crochet tunisien
Ravelry is an American site and many groups have English as a default language. For those who would like to exchange in French, see the group Crochet tunisien. It’s a French speaking group with the objective to create a space on Ravelry for those who would like to share their experience about Tunisian crochet in French and find out more about other French speakers passionate about it.
A group has discussion threads. But also shared projects. Members of a group can decide to share their latest projects with the group and I find that feature particularly interesting to discover new projects I would not come across otherwise. You want to share your Tunisian crochet projects with French speakers? Do it with this group.
It’s also in this group that I have my patterns tested in French. If you want to participate to a test on a Tunisian crochet pattern in French, here is where you’ll find mine. I also have my patterns tested in English. I’ll come back on this topic later on. If you wish to test your own Tunisian crochet patterns in French, feel free to launch your requests in this group. It is open to all. It’s not my group. It’s a French speaking group about Tunisian crochet.
The group Tunisian crochet explorers
A new group has just been created. It is called Tunisian crochet explorers. I like the word “explorers”. It implies discoveries and adventures. Which is just right for Tunisian crochet, a technique that has so much more to offer than what is usually presented in books or websites.
By default, this group has English as the main language, but it is open to other languages. Should you feel more at ease to express yourself in a language known by another member, go ahead. The aim of the group is to present Tunisian crochet in all its diversities across the world, without any cultural boundaries, and to share innovative techniques to go beyond what is known in a given country.
The founders of the group are from different countries and have different designing styles, yet they are united by their common passion for Tunisian crochet and their wish to share ressources and knowledge in a constructive spirit. Yet the group is not limited to the designs of the founders. On the contrary. The aim is to explore together all the fields that Tunisian crochet has to offer. The approach is collective and inclusive.
This weekend is a bit hectic for me. I even had to cancel my visit to the Kaléidoscope shop and skip my participation to the Cup of yarn, a knitting club organized in the shop in Brussels, to my regret. A hectic weekend.
But since I took up the challenge to post something every single day of March on my new blog, today I added a link to my patterns on Ravelry in the site menu. A small thing, but something all the same.
If you don’t know Ravelry, I strongly encourage you to join. It’s free and you’ll find a gold mine of information in different languages on patterns, yarns, projects shared by passionate users all around the world, discussion threads in forums and a personal notebook where you can log your own projects. Because a passion is best when shared. I’ll never repeat that enough.
Ravelry was founded in the US, but the interface is available in different languages. The translation work is done by volunteers. See how motivated users are about Ravelry!
If you know Ravelry, tell me what you think about it. I post my patterns and projects on this site, I exchange messages in discussion threads in different groups. But above all I get to know tremendous people! What do you like about Ravelry?