Tunisian Crochet Adventure

By Rachel Choi – 21 Comments

Today I learned some Tunisian crochet!!!

I’ve heard great things about how wonderful it is to crochet Tunisian crochet and I got around to trying it for the first time. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. It reminds me of knitting since I have to leave loops on the hook when I work back and forth. For those who aren’t big fans of knitting like me, no worries it is definitely better than knitting and still faster, hehe.

I started my first crochet piece in Tunisian crochet, which is a neck warmer. I’ll post it as soon as I’m done. But first I have to run to the store and find a nice pair of buttons to match. I’ll also add a nice tutorial for Tunisian crochet to go along with it for anyone who hasn’t tried it yet. I’m so happy, because now I can make patterns using Tunisian crochet! Woohoo!

Any Tunisian crocheters out there? What do you like to make in Tunisian crochet?

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  1. Sheila in UK says:

    Hi Rachel – so glad you’ve discovered Tunisian. I am an addict. I make hats, shawls, bags, cushions, jackets – you name it – in Tunisian. I particularly like Tunisian entrelac. It looks so beautiful. Made a lovely baby blanket and put it inside a pillow case (in Tunisian too) so that when the blanket isn’t needed, it filled the pillow case for the baby to lie on. I put a panel of entrelac on the pillow case. Doing Tunisian with 2 colours of yarn is also beautiful. I could go on! Getting to be a “rambler” like you!!!

    • Rachel says:

      WooHoo, we can learn together Em! I haven’t done any increasing or decreasing either. But soon I’ll get around to trying it 🙂

      Sheila, you have done a lot! I love the pillow blanket idea! How does entrelac work? I was looking for a tutorial online and didn’t find anything good yet. Do the squares all work together so that you don’t have to sew them together? I did some 3 color Tunisian and it is soo pretty, I love how it has that all weaved together look. By the way, you are becoming a professional rambler, lol.

  2. em says:

    Hey, I just learned basic tunisian crochet too! All I can do at the moment are things that you don’t increase or decrease, but I’m working on it. Good luck with yours ( can’t wait to see the neck warmer 🙂 )

  3. sarah says:

    I love using my tunisian hook, although Ive not found anything online to teach more than the basic stitch. I don’t know how to inc or dec either. I like the material that it makes. Ive pretty much abandoned it as I couldnt find any patterns or stitches for it 🙁

  4. em says:

    Hey rachel, I have this really really old book. Well, old for me. I picked it up at a rummage sale ages ago. It has tunisian crochet in it. Would you want me to send you the page with it? It has stitches and such- and how to increase and decrease. ( I dug it out when I read your post) The only thing is that it looks kind of old (50’s 60’s, something like that) but then, it’s just stitches, and you can do what you will with them

  5. Michelle says:

    I am so happy to hear that you are learning Tunisian crochet. I have not tried that yet. I have always wanted to try it though. I look forward to some tutorials on here later!

    I cannot wait to see your neckwarmer later!

  6. Harold says:

    I learned the stitch like you did. I tried it and found that it was really and not as hard as I thought. I haven’t done a project with it yet, but am planning on trying it. I love and look forward to seeing what you come up with. Never have done a hat or anything like that though.

  7. Vims says:

    oh I am addicted to tunisian crochet too! would be waiting to see what you come up with!

  8. Rachel says:

    Awesome! i’m so glad that other people are into Tunisian too!

    As for the book instructions Em, you can scan and email it to me if it is not too much trouble, but it’s ok if ya don’t I’ll keep hunting around. I’ve always wanted one of those books with hundreds of crochet sttiches in it! Maybe I’ll get one of those 🙂

    Sarah, what kind of Tunisian hook do you have? I haven’t bought mine yet, I just starting using my regular hooks to make small stuff lol.

    Welp, I can’t wait to do more Tunisian crochet and write that tutorial so that everyone else can learn too!

  9. sarah says:

    um its just a 5mm tunisian hook I think 😀
    Its fab for me as I tent to stitch a bit too loose but using that still makes a nice flat panel with no gaps. Good for cross stitching and I made a wallet using it but thats all so far

    • Rachel says:

      Cool Sarah!

      I just came back from Michael’s and they didn’t have any Tunisian hooks 🙁 I guess I have to order one online. I think I’m going to get a 5mm too!

  10. sarah says:

    mine was about £1.50 ($3?) for an aluminium one on ebay. gotta love that ebay 😀

  11. Sheila in UK says:

    Back again Rachel! Entrelac tunisian is done in diamond shapes that are joined together – you create the line as you go along, so you don’t have to stitch them together. The next line up is then worked on to the one you have just created. It’s very easy. The book I recommend which showed the method really clearly is called “Easy Tunisian Entrelac”. Might be worth while investing in a copy! Here’s to rambling – with a crochet hook! Cheers, Sheila. XX

  12. Dottie says:

    Never Tried Tunisian Crochet Before. Hope You Give Directions When You Post, I’d Like To Try It, Since I Can’t Knit, But I Wanna Learn That Also
    Dottie In Va

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Dottie!

      I plan to put some great instructions, but if they end up not making any sense to you, do let me know! And I will try and make them better 🙂

  13. Nekeisha says:

    I have done graph-ghans, bags, afghans, a jacket, a baby hat and sweater, dishcloth, kitchen towel, potholder, a wall hanging. I love tunisian crochet.

    • Rachel says:

      That is awesome Nekeisha! You sure have been busy. It’s great to know that you can make so much with Tunisian crochet. I love it too!

    • Brenda Jones says:

      Hi Nekeshia I am trying to do my first graph afghan with tunisian stitch and have done two passes and my stitches are way too loose how do I corrcet thsi? Mine looks like loose loops and i guess I have made mine way too loose. So frustrating thought I was doing it right then find out is is way too loose. If you can give me any tips or tricks to help me out I sure would appreciate it.


  14. DCMerkle says:

    Tunisian all the way, baby! I discovered it over the Fall last year and I am loving it! I’ve made a scarf in tunisian and then because it leaves you with a pattern that is like the backing for cross stitch, I cross stitched snowflakes over it. I wish I had a camera so I could show it to you, but trust me, it really came out nice!


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