Testers wanted for a Tunisian crochet shrug

For these past weeks I have worked on a pattern for a Tunisian crochet shrug. I found it hard to find the right yarn that would best make my idea real. But I have come across the perfect yarn for it : Ulysse from De Rerum Natura. Taking notes and working out a pattern, that’s one thing. Publish a pattern in different sizes, that’s a completely different story. So, who wants to test this shrug to support me?

Tunisian crochet shrug in yarn Ulysse from De Rerum Natura
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About yarn substitution

A knitting or crochet pattern usually recommends a specific type of yarn. But you will not always have this exact yarn type in your stash or it may not be available at your LYS. Don’t give up on your project. Try yarn substitution.

Yarn substitution
Yarn substitution

In this article I share a few important elements to take into account when substituting yarn. It goes beyond matching gauge.

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20 questions to Hayley J Robinson, Tunisian crochet designer

This month, it’s Hayley Joanne Robinson who accepted to answer the 20 questions I ask to Tunisian crochet designers. If you follow me, you have seen the Fair Isle scarf I made in March base on the original design by Hayley. And in the TCAL that just started in the Tunisian crochet explorers group on Ravelry, I opted for the Flip Side shawl, one of her latest designs.

Hayley Joanne Robinson, Tunisian crochet designer
Hayley Joanne Robinson, Tunisian crochet designer
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Triskelion Yarn

Do you bring souvenirs from your travels? I do. I buy yarn whenever I travel abroad. Sometimes hand spun yarn. Often hand dyed by indie dyers. Or when I visit a yarn mill. Special souvenirs that bring back memories of my travels whenever I use them for my Tunisian crochet projects.

For some time now I’ve been following the beautiful work of Triskelion Yarn, an indie dyer from Wales. The yarns he dyes are generally British-sourced, with a few exceptions. In short, when I had planned to go to the Edin Yarn Fest last March, Triskelion Yarn was on top of my wish list!

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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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TCAL Play with color

A TCAL (Tunisian crochet along) is a good way to crochet together and have fun, meet or make new friends, exchange ideas, share progress on wips, find inspiration. In August, the Ravelry group Tunisian crochet explorers organizes its first TCAL. The theme is “play with color”. Want to join? Read more about it in this article.

TCAL Tunisian crochet explorers
TCAL Play with color, with the Tunisian crochet explorers group
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