by M. J. Joachim
I’ve been working diligently on a few fairly large projects lately. In between, I’ve been fiddling around with different combinations of Tunisian crochet stitches, and writing them down in a notebook. I was fairly certain this one pattern was magnificent – until I tried to replicate it, that is. Somehow, as you progress with the pattern, the stitch count (skips or adds), take your pick, and you end up with a much more abstract fabric that really looks like more of a mess, than a beautiful design made with your stitches.
Thankfully, I have a few patterns already written down in my notebook. After re-testing the one for today’s tutorial, I discovered how pretty it really is. Because I used variegated yarn the first time, it was difficult to see the diagonal lines, but when you use a solid color, they show up quite nicely.
Creative Notice: I’m not sure if this has ever been done before. I don’t own a Tunisian stitch book and haven’t searched to see if it’s online. Please respect all copyright for this pattern. Thank you.
Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on: Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off: Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
*The catch for this pattern is alternating the beginning of each new cast on row. The first time, you will begin with a Tunisian knit stitch; the second time, you will skip the 1st vertical bar and begin by inserting your hook in the horizontal bar following it.
You might think of it as pairs of rows to make this easier:
Row A: Tunisian knit stitch first, then horizontal bar
Row B: Cast off
Row C: Horizontal bar stitch first, then Tunisian knit stitch
Row B: Cast off
Foundation: Make a traditional Tunisian foundation row >>> Chain (length desired); cast on loops; cast off loops
Step 1: Make Tunisian knit stitch by inserting hook through 1st vertical and horizontal bars, and cast on a loop
Step 2: Skip next vertical bar, insert hook in next horizontal bar and cast on a loop; make Tunisian knit stitch through vertical and horizontal bar directly following horizontal bar you just casted on a loop from, casting on loops respectively as you work, alternating stitches through horizontal bar and Tunisian knit stitches across row
*Note: Be sure to cast on from last stitch in previous row, to keep your edges even.
[Repeat Step 2 across row]
Step 3: Cast off loops (see above) – cast off 1 loop, then 2 loops at a time
Step 4: Skip next vertical bar, and cast on loop from horizontal bar behind it.
Step 5: Tunisian knit stitch through vertical and horizontal bar directly following horizontal bar you just casted on a loop from, casting on loops respectively as you work, and alternating stitches like you did in Step 2
[Repeat Step 5 across row]
Step 6: Cast off loops
Repeat Steps 2 – 6 for pattern
That’s all for now, good peopleJ Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
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