Today I added a few technical details on key elements about Tunisian crochet. Details indeed, yet they make a difference in understanding the basic principles of Tunisian crochet.
I added documentation on edge stitches, i.e. the first and last stitches of a row. These are special stitches, completely different from all other stitches made in between.
The first loop on hook is not the first stitch you make at the start of a FwdP. This first loop is the loop that remains on hook wen you have completed a full RetP. Technically, this loop is not a simple stitch or any other stitch. It looks the same whatever the stitches you make in between the first and last loop of a FwdP.
The last loop on hook could be picked up under the front vertical bar like a simple stitch, but you would end up with an edge that is not stable enough, that would be distorted after being stretched a few times. It is usually wise to insert the hook under both threads of yarn on the edge of the work.
One last thing to mention today about edge stitches: they do NOT look alike. This is normal. They are created in totally different ways.
Details about what makes a basic stitch
I added a photo to show the details of a Tunisian basic stitch. So far, in the documentation on this website, I mentioned vertical bars, RetP chains, back thread… without showing exactly what these are.
Take the time to watch your work. Closely watch your work. While you are busy with it and after you’ve done a row. Have a close look at how yarn threads intertwine and shape stitches. It is not a waste of time. This will help you in learning how to “read” your crochet work, how to spot what you like and what you want to improve. Take the time to identify what a basic stitch is made of.
Today in my new blog I added a page on Tunisian double crochet stitches, a variation on basic stitches. Here below I show a photo of the Tunisian double crochet simple stitch and, further below, a photo of the extended Tunisian simple stitch.
They look similar but are not quite the same. Do you see the difference?
On this page I show what the main extended Tunisian crochet stitches look like, but also I add a short note on “standard” (understand “non Tunisian”) crochet. Any stitch can be “extended” by adding a chain in the making of this stitch.
I describe these stitches in words and with a video (in French) along with photos to show what the 4 basic stitches look like once extended.
Important note on edge stitches: Because extended stitches are taller than their equivalent basic stitches, it is wise to adapt the height of the edges at the beginning and end of the rows. I also show how to get this little “indented” edge.
Today I published a page to list purl stitches based on the 4 main basic stitches. To be consistent, I added a photo to illustrate each stitch listed, but to be honest, the sky is grey and I have no light today… So the photos are not tremendous. I’ll change them later in spring.
The Tunisian purl simple stitch is the best known of purl stitches. So well known that it is often just called “purl stitch” without any reference to the kind of basic stitch that is supposed to be “purled”. I think that when a variation of a stitch does not mention what kind of basic stitch it is worked upon, then by default we should understand simple. That’s just my assumption.
Personally I do not find purl knit and full stitches particularly beautiful. Used in combination with other stitches, they are useful to keep in mind. They are a bit lacy without being very lacy. Stretchy and flexible.
The purl stitch that I like best is the purl reverse stitch. Go to the page on purl stitches and have a look at the photo at the bottom of the page. I compare the purl reverse stitch with the twisted up stitch. Make a sample, give it a try and alternate these 2 stitches one after the other. You’ll get a nice reversible fabric, ideal for a scarf.