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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Testing patterns

Did you know that many knitting and crochet patterns are tested before their release? I find this is a crucial step before adding a pattern to my Ravelry shop. What is it about? How does it work? What’s the added value? Well, it depends on the design, the pattern, the designer and the tester. In this article I’m telling you about the main elements I find important in this process.

Testing a Tunisian crochet pattern before its release
The testing phase before releasing a pattern
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20 questions to TC designer Silke Reibeling, aka Haekelreigen

This month, it’s TC designer Silke Reibeling, aka Haekelreigen, who answers the 20 questions I ask to introduce you designers who create Tunisian crochet patterns. Silke has many colorful designs, right in the theme for the TCAL that will soon start in the Tunisian crochet explorers group on Ravelry.

Tunisian crochet designer, Silke Reibeling, aka Haekelreigen
Tunisian crochet designer, Silke Reibeling, aka Haekelreigen
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Au fur et à mesure (Gradually)

My Tunisian crochet pattern, Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), is now available on Ravelry. It is on sale with an automatic discount of 20 % (no code needed) until Sunday, June 30, 2019.

It is a triangular shawl worked sideways, from one angle to the opposite one along the top edge. It is made with basic Tunisian stitches, so if you have basic knowledge of Tunisian crochet, this pattern will give you the chance to play with increases, decreases and color changes.

Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), Tunisian crochet shawl, design Rachel Henri
Au fur et à mesure (Gradually), Tunisian crochet shawl
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