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  • Preview: Aery Faery Lacy Tunisian Crochet Scarf


    I’m looking over the photos I’ve taken so far of my newest Tunisian crochet design. Lately, the weather here has created some moody lighting. Have a look at these!

    Aery Faery Lacy Tunisian Crochet Scarf End

    My first filet-like Tunisian crochet lace in opalescent mohair and silk.

    I’m calling it Aery-Faery because it is faerie-like and diaphanous, like fairy wings. I’ve crocheted most of it while watching the first season of Once Upon a Time. In fact, I’m pretty sure the idea for this design first came to me while watching the show.

    Aery Faery Lacy Tunisian Crochet Scarf/Stole

    Scarf shown draped like a stole. It’s very stretchy!

    The yarn is divine for a lacy Tunisian crochet scarf.

    It’s Artyarns Silk Mohair Glitter; a strand of Lurex is plied with the silk and mohair. It’s particularly fine and smooth. The dyeing is gorgeous. You can’t tell from some of the photos, but it’s the subtle colors of a milky opal. The colors shift like they do in an opal, too.

    The Aery-Faery pattern draft is done. I’m testing a variation tonight and have the final proofreading to do before sending it off for tech editing and testing.

     

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    • November 16th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    Not Tunisian Crochet Stitches: a Converted Filet Swatch


    This is the first of 3 blog posts on the release of a new Tunisian crochet pattern. The 2nd is here and the third is here.

    I used no Tunisian crochet stitches for the swatch on the left only.

    Instead, I used single crochet, double crochets, and chains. (US abbreviations: sc, dc, and ch. Outside of the US: dc, tr, ch). The chs and dcs create lacy open spaces in the style of filet crochet. I alternated each filet row with a row of sc. Not traditional for filet crochet, but it does follow filet logic. (This is one reason I wanted to swatch it; see this newsletter issue about a similar experiment.)

    Not Tunisian crochet stitches vs Tunisian crochet (filet-style Aeroette Scarf)

    No Tunisian crochet stitches at left, converted from the Tunisian crochet Aeroette scarf at right.

    The sc rows give the spaces thicker top and bottom “walls” around the spaces. This matches the thicker side “walls” created by the dc pairs.

    This stitch pattern is converted from the Warm Aeroette Scarf on the right, which is 100% Tunisian crochet stitches. I was curious to see how much these two would differ in looks, surface texture, and drape.

    Single Crochets versus Tunisian Crochet Stitches

    The first thing I notice about the left swatch is the single crochets. Specifically, the backs of them. They’re raised, bumpy, and have a distinctive look. To me they emphasize a horizontal grain of the left swatch.

    Unlike the rows of Tunisian crochet stitches on the right, I turned after every row of the left swatch. We’re looking at the right side of a dc row alternated with a wrong side of a sc row. The bumpy sc backs also cause the dc rows to recede a bit. This adds to the effect of the sc rows standing out, almost ridge-like.

    This effect is mostly absent from the Tunisian swatch on the right. Its surface is uniformly flatter. Tunisian crochet stitches do have their own horizontal texture. They get it from the return passes – that second part of a complete Tunisian row when you crochet the loops off of the hook. In this pattern, the return pass textures are no more raised than the vertical stitch textures created during the forward passes.

    Differences I’m Not Seeing

    I expected to see a difference in how the yarn’s color changes look, but I don’t really. Maybe the swatch on the left needs to be much bigger. I also expected the Tunisian one to drape more. Perhaps it doesn’t because this is wool, and the hook size is smaller than I usually use for lacy Tunisian crochet stitches. I used a G-7 (4.5 mm) hook. For the non-Tunisian swatch I used a G-6 (4 mm) crochet hook.

    The Warm Aeroette Scarf on the right is the next pattern I’ll be adding to the shop. I’ll announce it in my newsletter. You can also track its project page in Ravelry.

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    • October 26th, 2014 by Vashti Braha

    Tunisian Crochet Lace Scarf Pattern Preview


    Fresh off the hook: Warm Aeroette Lace Scarf. I’m writing up the pattern now. Just uploaded these photos (click them to enlarge). My goal was to take the popular Aero Tunisian Wrap design, which is crocheted in fine silk, and make a warm wool version.

    Aeroette meets two more goals of mine. The second goal was to do a stepping-stone version of Aero. Originally, Aeroette was going to be a Tunisian crochet lace scarf pattern for a class.

    It’s a simpler combination of Tunisian crochet stitches that are put together like filet crochet lace, the same way as Aero. This makes it a great way to understand a more dramatic filet-like Tunisian crochet lace scarf pattern. Like, Aero. The Ennis Wrap, also.

    The third goal was to take the start-in-one-corner Aero, and make it a rectangle instead of a triangle. Both Aero and Ennis are “P2P” (crocheted point to point.) I love making P2P Tunisian crochet lace shawls! You increase steadily along one edge, then decrease steadily to end up at the far corner of the triangle.

    The rectangular Aeroette is a similar crocheting experience. You start at the first of four corners (instead of three). Steadily increase, and then decrease, like with Aero and Ennis. End up at the final fourth corner.

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    • October 15th, 2014 by Vashti Braha


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