Tunisian crochet is one of the most interesting niches of the craft. It uses crochet hooks, but they aren't quite the same as regular crochet hooks. It draws from some of the techniques used in knitting to give you a fabric that's quite different from anything else in crochet.
Basically, if knitting and crochet got married, Tunisian crochet would be their baby. It's a great way to bridge the gap between the two crafts. Or simply to add details to your crochet projects. What you'll discover is that there are entirely new stitches that you need to learn in order to do Tunisian crochet, but if you know regular crochet then it won't be much of a stretch.
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If you already know how to crochet Tunisian Simple Stitch then you can easily make these crochet potholders. They're basically just squares of that basic Tunisian stitch. In the end, you'll add edging that completes the project with a polished touch.
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Similar to the potholders above, you'll use one simple Tunisian crochet stitch to create the body of this project. In this case, you're working with Tunisian knit stitch instead of Tunisian Simple Stitch. You're making a dishcloth instead of a potholder. Like with the potholder, you'll add simple crochet edging to complete the design. If you work both the above pattern and this one then you'll gain a good mastery of the beginner level of Tunisian crochet.
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You can make this crochet square using a regular crochet hook even though you'll work it in Tunisian simple stitch. The small size of the motifs means that you don't need a larger Tunisian crochet hook. Combine strategic color changes to create a pinwheel design. The pattern comes complete with links to video tutorials to help you figure out how it is done.
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You can easily use this free Tunisian crochet pattern to learn the Tunisian simple stitch. You'll also practice a little bit of Tunisian knit stitch. If you're the kind of person who learns best by video then you'll be pleased to know there is a YouTube tutorial that accompanies the written instructions. Like with the pinwheel square above, the project is small enough that you can use a regular crochet hook to complete it.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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This is a crochet pillow pattern that has a basketweave design. It's made using three basic Tunisian crochet stitches: Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch and Tunisian purl stitch. The pattern is challenging enough that you'll feel like you're learning something but also repetitive enough that it becomes relaxing.
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Learn how to make a semi-circular Tunisian crochet shawl with this free pattern. You will learn how to work Tunisian double crochet including how to increase to get the shaping right. This lacy, openwork shawl definitely needs to be blocked in order to get the design right.
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Entrelac is a form of Tunisian crochet that utilizes short rows of Tunisian Simple Stitch to create a textured pattern. This scarf combines that fun stitch with some shaping and a great yarn choice to give you a rich finished scarf.
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If you want to use Tunisian crochet to make something that you can wear then this free crochet cardigan pattern is a great place to start. This pattern uses a combination of Tunisian simple stitch and Tunisian purl stitch. As you may be starting to realize, you can use the basic stitches in this niche of the craft in myriad ways to create different designs. It's just like when you mix single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet in different ways.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Once you have started to get the hang of Tunisian crochet, you'll be able to make this cute t-shirt. It uses a variety of Tunisian stitches including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Purl Stitch, and Tunisian Knit Stitch. You'll also use some special stitches described within the pattern.
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If you aren't sure whether or not you want to commit to a Tunisian crochet project, then you can start small with this clutch purse. The purse itself is worked in slip stitch crochet, which is another great technique to learn. The strawberry stitches dress up the design. Then you use just a little bit of Tunisian simple stitch for joining. This project shows you how a little bit of Tunisian crochet can go a long way in a design.