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.
In this article I share a few important elements to take into account when substituting yarn. It goes beyond matching gauge.
This month, Padma R accepted to answer the 20 questions I ask to Tunisian crochet designers. Padma does not only publish Tunisian crochet patterns, but also crochet and knitting patterns. Find out more about her and her work in this article.
Previously I had published an article about simple wet blocking for Tunisian crochet shawls. Today I’ll share key elements about blocking with wires and pins. It’s another blocking technique required for some Tunisian crochet projects, typically lace or items with a special shape.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.