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

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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Counting stitches

Before you start a Tunisian crochet project, ideally you make a swatch to count how many stitches you have per the measurement indicated in the pattern. However, counting stitches is not as easy as it may seem at first glance. In the sample below, how many Tunisian simple stitches do you count?

How many Tunisian simple stitches in one row?
How many Tunisian simple stitches in one row?
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How to defeat curling in Tunisian crochet

A Tunisian crochet work will always tend to curl. And curling can be severe if the fabric is dense. It’s a pure mechanical thing with weight and tension not evenly spread over the crochet work. Curling occurs when there is more fabric on one side of the work (usually but not always the back side of work).

Curling in Tunisian crochet
Curling in Tunisian crochet

The good news is there are a few things that can be done to fight against curling. You should take several aspects of your work into consideration and, ideally, combine several techniques to minimize curling.

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