I’m a huge fan of Pinterest and spend hours scanning to see what’s new, what’s pretty, and what I can actually do myself. So when I first saw Tunisian Crochet, I had to try it. It is a beautiful form of crochet, one I never thought I would be able to replicate, but one that I wanted to try nonetheless. And it’s really quite simple.
Tunisian Crochet is a bit of a mix of crochet and knitting, working all the stitches onto the needle in one row, and then crocheting them off in the next. This creates an elegant pattern that lends itself to solid blocks of colour.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to a make a beautiful scarf.
Before you get started, you’ll need a Tunisian hook, which is longer than usual and with a stopper at the end. The needle should be a few sizes bigger than the wool requires – Tunisian crochet pulls in the stitches quite tightly, so a bigger hook is necessary. I like chunky wool, and the one I chose would usually use a size 10 hook, so I went with a size 12 Tunisian hook.
With your chunky wool, make a chain of 16 loops. Turn. Slip the hook into the second chain, yarn over the hook and pull through. Leave the loop on the hook. Slip the hook through the next chain, yarn over and pull through, leaving the loop on the hook. You’ll now have 2 loops on the hook. Repeat to the end of the row, leaving all the loops on the hook. This forms the first half of your first row.
Once you’ve reached the end of the row, don’t turn your work. Take the yarn around the hook and pull through the first loop to make one chain. Take the yarn around the hook and pull through the next two loops. Repeat to the end of the row, until only one loop remains on the hook.
Again, don’t turn the work. You’ll see that the stitch creates horizontal and vertical rows. Leave the loop on hook and pass the hook under the first vertical stitch. Yarn over and pull through, leaving the loop on the hook. Repeat to the end.
Step 2 and 3 form the basis of the stitch, and you simply repeat these stitches.
When you want to change your yarn colour, you’ll do so on the end of a ‘Step 2’ row – when your stitches are coming off the hook. When you get to the last 2 stitches, use the new colour. Pull the over the hook and create your last loop with this new colour. Complete the next row in the new colour.
To make the scarf, I worked 20 rows in grey, 10 in dark blue and 15 in light blue, before changing back to grey for another 25 rows. I then did 15 in light blue and another 20 in dark blue. You can alternate as you choose, doing even rows or blocks of colour.
To cast off, you’ll do so on a ‘Step 2’ row. Yarn over the hook, and pull through both loops, mush as you would for your normal crochet. Don’t leave the loops on the hook. Repeat this until the end of the row. Pull the yarn through the final loop and tie off.