This instrument, dear readers, is a tunisian crochet hook. And it is awesome.
Tunisian crochet is an interesting variant of crochet which produces a dense, tweedy-textured fabric if worked in a certain way, and a fabric that looks like the right side of a knitted stocking stitch when worked another way. It's often described as a cross between knitting and crochet, as the stitches are worked in rows, rather than one at a time.
|Tunisian crochet coasters, from fringeassociation.com|
The fabric is constructed by pulling a loop of yarn up through each stitch and then working them all off. In knitting terms, it's like casting them all on and then casting them all off every time. It's pretty easy to get the hang of, and very, very addictive once you start.
|Tunisian crochet is mega curly, but there are solutions|
As a newcomer to crochet of the Tunisian variety, I've noticed that my work has a strange (and fairly extreme) tendency to curl up into a cottony tube, rather than staying nice and flat. This, interestingly enough, is due to the thick loops that are formed on the back of the work, which increase the surface area to be much greater than the front of the work. So far, the top two methods for combatting the curl seem to be:
- carefully blocking each piece when it's finished, and
- trying to avoid pulling the stitches too tightly.
An excellent introduction to Tunisian crochet can be found in Sharon Hernes Silverman's Tunisian Crochet book.
Post by Heather.