Sunday, August 7, 2011

Something New

Since I bought my first couple Tunisian hooks last weekend, I've decided to try my hand at Tunisian Crochet.  So far I am LOVING it!  It is very different and my hands are still very clumsy at these stitches, but I'm getting it slowly.  I'm sure after a bit of practice I'll zip through it like regular crochet.  And I seem to pick up on different techniques rather quickly, so I'm not worried.

So far I've learned the Simple Stitch, Purl Stitch and Knit Stitch.  I am still strugging getting the Purl Stitch right since it's very backwards to start with.  "Yarn Under" is blowing my mind, LOL.    Here's my tiny swatch of all 3:

It's not the best photo and my swatch was small, but you can see the stitches there.  I'm impressed with a) how much it looks like knitting, and b) just how DENSE these stitches are!  It's so THICK!!  Awesome for warm winter projects.  Dear lord an Afghan done in these stitches would weight a hundred pounds and be the warmest thing ever!

I was forewarned by many people and tutorials that you need to stitch very loosely.  I'm well aware I'm a tight crocheter, so this is a bit of a challenge to let my yarn be a little looser.  But I'm getting it!

Someone in one of my Rav groups shared a pattern that is just gorgeous for beginner Tunisian.  I've been aching to make it and now that I know the stitches, I'm going to give it a whirl!  :)

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