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Au fur et à mesure (Gradually)

My Tunisian crochet pattern, Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), is now available on Ravelry. Get an automatic discount of 20 % (no code needed) until Sunday, June 30, 2019.

This new Tunisian crochet pattern 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.

Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), Tunisian crochet shawl, design Rachel Henri
Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), Tunisian crochet shawl
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Jardin extraordinaire (Extraordinary garden)

Today I published a new pattern page on Ravelry: Jardin extraordinaire (Extraordinary garden).

Jardin extraordinaire, Tunisian crochet pattern with yarn Buisson by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, Tunisian crochet pattern with yarn Buisson by Les aiguilles du hérisson

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:

Jardin extraordinaire, multi-color yarns Buisson, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in multi-color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les Aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in solid color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson
Jardin extraordinaire, in solid color yarns, vegetable dyes by Les aiguilles du hérisson

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.

Updates of my patterns on Ravelry

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.

Le bois des rêves, one of my first published Tunisian crochet patterns

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?

Experiment on gauge

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.

Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers
Tunisian crochet experiment on gauge
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Discussion groups on Ravelry

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.

Groupe Crochet tunisien sur Ravelry
Groupe Crochet tunisien sur Ravelry

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.

Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers
Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers

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.

My patterns on Ravelry

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.

My patterns on Ravelry
My patterns on Ravelry


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?