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

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.

A magic ring to start working in the round with a double-ended hook
A magic ring to start working in the round with a double-ended 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.

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Tunisian purl simple stitch, 2 different ways

In this article, I show you 2 different ways to make a Tunisian purl simple stitch. With photos and a video (in French).

The first technique is rather conventional: you pull up a loop with a yarn over. I prefer the second technique (because I find it faster): you pull up a loop with a yarn under.

Tunisian purl simple stitches, with yarn over (on the left) and yarn under (on the right)

The question is: which one do you prefer?

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Yarn over and yarn under in Tunisian crochet

In Tunisian crochet we often see that stitches are made with a yarn over (often abbreviated yo). However yarn can be grabbed and pulled through in different ways. In this article I show the difference between a yarn over and a yarn under in Tunisian crochet.

Tunisian simple stitches made with yarn overs (right) and yarn unders (left)
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Slip knot cast on

There are several ways to cast on stitches in Tunisian crochet. I use different methods depending on the type of projects I work on. In this article, I show you how I do the slip knot cast on.

slip knot cast on
Slip knot cast on

Traditionally we start a Tunisian crochet project with chains. But there are many other different ways to start a Tunisian crochet work. What matters is that you create loops on your hook to create a foundation row. See the different types of foundation rows I have documented so far on my website page called: “Foundation rows and cast on techniques“.

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Edge stitches at the end of the forward pass

Edge stitches at the end of forward passes in Tunisian crochet: there is more than just one way to make them...
Edge stitches at the end of forward passes in Tunisian crochet: there is more than just one way to make them…

Edge stitches are the first and last stitches of a row and shape the right and left borders of a crocheted project. They are different from the other stitches within a row. Not only do they look different but also they are made in a different way. That’s particularly true in Tunisian crochet.

In this article, you’ll find 4 different edge stitches to make at the end of forward passes. The edge stitch at the start of forward passes will be presented in a future article.

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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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