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Techniques, tips and hints to make beautiful projects in Tunisian crochet

Tunisian rib stitch

I’m adding a new stitch pattern to my collection of Tunisian crochet stitches on this website: the Tunisian rib stitch. It has many different names in English. What matters to remember is that this is a combination of 2 stitches: the Tunisian simple stitch and the twisted up stitch.

Tunisian rib stitch
Tunisian rib stitch, a combination of 2 stitches

I added a video in French at the end of this article. I show how to make this rib stitch with a single-ended hook in one color. And how to make it with a double-ended hook in 2 different colors. Read this article to find out more about key elements.

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Short return passes in Tunisian crochet

A “full” row in Tunisian crochet is made of 2 parts: a forward pass and a return pass. This means that you can create short rows in Tunisian crochet by “shortening” either or both types of passes.

In this article I give you details about short return passes only. See my other article to find out more about short forward passes.

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Short forward passes in Tunisian crochet

A “full” row in Tunisian crochet is made of 2 parts: a forward pass (FwdP) and a return pass (RetP). So a short row in Tunisian crochet can be a short forward and/or return pass. It all depends on the shape you want to create.

In this article, I’m showing you 4 different types of short forward passes. Short return passes are presented in a different article to keep documentation as structured as possible. There is so much to say about short rows.

4 ways to make short FwdP in Tunisian crochet
4 ways to make short FwdP in Tunisian crochet
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Double increase, simple and twisted, in Tunisian crochet

There are many different ways to make increases in Tunisian crochet. Following a question from Stasia in the Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers, I decided to share here how to make a double increase using 2 different Tunisian stitches picked up in the same stitch from the previous row. It’s just one way to increase the number of stitches in a row made in Tunisian knit stitches. Bear in mind that variations are endless.

Double increase in Tunisian crochet in the middle of a row
Double increase in Tunisian crochet in the middle of a row

I created a photo tutorial to show you step by step how to make the type of increases shown in the photo here above. I also posted a video on my YouTube channel. Mind you: this video is in French. The link is available at the end of this article.

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Felting Tunisian crochet

I usually take care NOT to felt my Tunisian crochet projects. Most of the time, I hand wash my wool items. Yet felting is not a bad thing to avoid at all cost. It can turn a project into something really nice. I have made a small felting experiment with one of my latest Tunisian crochet beanie patterns, Décagone. And in this article I’m sharing with you all the details about it.

Felting Tunisian crochet
Felting Tunisian crochet
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Tunisian crochet glossary

It is tricky to make a Tunisian crochet glossary. Why? Because Tunisian crochet terminology is not as standard as for regular crochet or knitting. This is a bit problematic in the sense that the same stitch can have different names, and different stitches can be called by the same name.

Nonetheless, here below you’ll find a list of common terms and abbreviations in Tunisian crochet, in French and in English.

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How to adjust a top down yoke

There is no such thing as standard body shapes. We are all unique. Even if a pattern for a garment provides explanations for several sizes, the indicated measurements will never exactly match with all existing body shapes. Even our posture has an impact on how a garment fits. And then we should take ease into account: some prefer to wear clothes tight around their body, others only go for large, comfortable clothes. Hence the need to adjust garments. It’s fairly easy to do with a top down construction.

Céleste, my Tunisian crochet top down garment
Tunisien crochet top down Céleste – work in progress – checking the yoke adjustment
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Tunisian crochet in colors

One of the great things about Tunisian crochet is that changing colors can be done in multiple ways and give really interesting effects: stripes, mixed colors, motifs, fair isle… In this article, I show you a few things that can be done with Tunisian colorwork techniques. With these few tips I hope you will explore the endless possibilities that changing colors in Tunisian crochet has to offer.

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Simple wet blocking

Mise en forme ou blocage pour un ouvrage avec une belle finition
An easy blocking technique for a good finishing touch

Blocking is a very important step in the making of a knitting or crochet project. The blocking techniques will be different depending on the type of fibre used in the project (wool, linen, cotton, synthetic yarn) and the type of project (blanket made of different squares, shawl, pullover, beanie), but in all cases blocking will help giving a nice finishing touch. Don’t underestimate the power of blocking.

In this article I present a very simple technique (I believe the most basic one) to block a project made of wool.

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