Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tunisian Queen Lace Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

In my last post, I shared a simple Tunisian crochet technique with you. Today’s stitch expands on regular Tunisian crochet. It is similar to purling when you knit in that you keep the yarn in front of your stitches before making the actual stitch. I’m including two different pictures to show you exactly what I mean. Begin by creating an initial Tunisian stitch foundation row, casting loops on and off your hook.*

*Variation: If you want to make a Tunisian stitch border, make a few regular Tunisian stitch rows before starting your queen lace stitch.

Foundation Row:
Part 1 – Casting loops onto your hook

Step 1: Make a foundation chain.

Step 2: Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook and draw up a loop. (2 loops on hook)

Step 3: Keeping both loops on hook, insert hook in next chain and repeat, casting loops on your hook to the end of your chain.

Part 2 – Casting loops off of your hook

Step 4: Yarn over and draw through one loop on the hook.

Step 5: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on the hook. Continue (yo, draw through 2 loops on the hook) until you have only 1 loop left on your hook.

Queen Lace Stitch
Step 1/second row: Keep your yarn in front of your stitches. There are 2 ways to do this. Choose the most comfortable for you.

a. Yarn over, insert hook in stitch desired, yarn over, pull up a loop.

b. Hold yarn straight down on your fabric, insert hook in desired stitch, bring yarn back up around hook, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Once you cast on all the stitches in your row, remove them the same way you do for Tunisian stitch. Yarn over, pull through 1 loop on hook at the end of the row, yarn over, pull through 2 loops at a time until you have only 1 loop left on your hook.

Mix Tunisian and Queen Lace stitches to make different patterns. Use doily thread to make belts, string or rope to make door mats, fine knitting yarn to make lacy shawls. If you combine a large hook with a finer thread, you’ll create a more open work pattern, whereas if you use a heavy yarn with an average or smaller size hook, you’ll create a warm sturdy fabric.

It is important to keep your stitch count accurate. Do this by making sure you cast on the same amount of loops as you cast off. I often count intermittently, while I am casting on all my loops – then counting as I cast them off to make sure I don’t miss any stitches.

This is particularly important when I am working with fine thread and a larger hook. There are other variations to Tunisian crochet which I will show you as this blog progresses. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy learning and experimenting with the two I’ve already displayed.

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