A clickable list of resources for my 2016 Tunisian Eyelet Meshes class: patterns for designs shown, books mentioned, & articles recommended in class. Also, inspiration for new Tunisian eyelet variations. Click an image to enlarge it.
Story of the Tunisian Wicker Stitch (an eyelet mesh) featured in the Weightless Wrap:
A clickable list of resources for my 2016 Steeked Tunisian Crochet Laceclass: patterns for designs shown, books mentioned, & articles recommended in class. Also, fashion inspiration for taking this topic in expressive new directions. Click an image to enlarge it.
In Flickr, a search for “steeked” brought up over 600 knit-based images; “steeked” + “tunisian” brought up zero aside from my own images.
The “Fun Fast Fashions” Part!
The full title of this class is Steek (Cut) Tunisian Crochet Lace for Fun, Fast Fashions. I felt the need to differentiate this topic from steeking knit fair isle sweaters and other existing reasons for steeks. Three strong fashion trends converge in this 3-hour class: Clean net lace, graphic/linear texture, and fringe. I’ve created a Pinterest board for each trend:
I could find nothing in books about steeking Tunisian crochet, even though it is so fun, easy, and versatile! (If you know of a source, please leave a comment.) Below are a few books that include some extended stitch patterns.
2000 (1991), Rebecca Jones: Tricot Crochet The Complete Book, Lacis Pubs., Berkeley CA. ISBN 978-1-891656-28-6.
Offers three interesting variations of the Tunisian extended stitch net I used for Mesmer: “Open Mesh”, “Josephine Stitch”, and “Point de Chantilly”.
The author states, “This makes a very open stitch which grows very quickly. It’s a good stitch to use with a long-fibre mohair for scarfs and stoles.”
2004, Angela “ARNie” Grabowski: Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet, LoneStar Abilene Pubg LLC, TX. ISBN 978-0-974972-55-8
The author shows several swatches of extended Tunisian stitches! See pages 34-43.
2004, Carolyn Christmas and Dorris Brooks: 101 Easy Tunisian StitchesTM, Annies Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-931171-74-8
2008: Tunisian Crochet Patterns 100, Nihon Amimono Bunka Kyo-kai, Japan ISBN 978-4-529-04484-4
2009, Kim Guzman: Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches, Annie’s Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-59635-264-3
This clickable list of Tunisian crochet lace resources is mainly to aid students of my classes in exploring more about Tunisian lace crochet at their leisure. The links below represent the extra information that doesn’t fit into a standard three-hour class. Some are the names of designers, books, other types of crochet lace, etc., that I may have mentioned in a class.
I created this resource list for my students & others to explore the Five Peaks Tunisian crochet shawl, and similar start-in-a-corner, edge-as-you-go L-shaped wraps. (If you have not yet taken any of my Tunisian crochet classes, I hope someday I’ll meet you in one of them!) This extra information didn’t fit into a standard three-hour class. Some items are names of designers, books, etc., that I may have mentioned in class.
Below I also include a complete list of my downloadable patterns for Tunisian crochet shawls and accessories. In classes I show a huge amount of published and unpublished crochet designs. They illustrate what we learn in class, and what can happen when we take it further. — Vashti Braha
The “Five Peaks Tunisian Crochet Shawl” Class Resources
The Five Peaks Tunisian Crochet Shawl design in the news & around the ‘net
Standards in Tunisian crochet pattern writing are less developed than those for other crochet patterns. I hadn’t noticed this until I began publishing my own Tunisian crochet patterns. When I write a non-Tunisian crochet pattern, I check with the industry’s official yarnstandards.com site and usually find everything I need, from yarn weight descriptions to skill levels and crochet stitch symbols. The important thing about this is that I feel confident that other professional crochet designers are using the same site as they write their patterns too. This helps all crocheters.
When writing a Tunisian crochet pattern, however, there is no widely known and accepted standard list of Tunisian stitch symbols, or skill levels. Sure, a Tunisian pattern that requires no shaping is rated easier than one that does need shaping. It gets pretty fuzzy which Tunisian stitches worked into which stitch loops are more intermediate or advanced than other stitches. Ask ten Tunisian crocheters and you could get ten different answers.
Example, pictured: the Five Peaks Wrap pattern was rated Easy when it appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine. It is 90% Tunisian Simple Stitch (the beginner’s stitch), and in most of the rows, you do the same thing over and over. However, this bias-crocheted L-shaped wrap is such a different experience of Tunisian crochet that in retrospect, it should probably have been rated Intermediate.
I’m also finding out as I teach Tunisian crochet classes that the best way to arrange the sections of a Tunisian crochet pattern, and write certain things, differ from what works for non-Tunisian crochet patterns. Unless the only thing going on is Tunisian simple stitch, crocheters struggle much more if the list of Tunisian pattern abbreviations is on a separate page. (It requires one to flip back and forth between pattern and abbreviations list.) It also seems to be easier to forget at least one of the five rules, or default pattern conventions, below. (I don’t think these have been widely available to crocheters.)
The Five Rules of Tunisian Crochet Patterns
How many of these do you always remember, even if they’re not explicitly stated in an Intermediate-level Tunisian crochet pattern?
Each complete row consists of two steps: a Forward Pass (when you put loops on the hook) and a Return Pass (when you work the loops off of the hook).
The single loop on the hook at the beginning of every Forward Pass counts as the first stitch of the new row. You do not chain to begin a new row. (Unless specifically instructed to, such as for taller stitches.) You also do not work into the very first stitch along that beginning edge of the row (Unless you wish to increase stitches.)
The last stitch at the other edge of the Forward Pass is worked into two edge loops, not just one. It results in a nicer finished edge. Also, work this last stitch more loosely to match the beginning edge stitch, which naturally and unavoidably loosens as you complete the row.
At minimum, a Tunisian stitch has a front vertical bar, a back vertical bar, and 3 horizontal bars at the top of the 2 vertical bars. (Taller and compound stitches will have more stitch loops.) Imagine what this means: you can work into not only 1 of 5 different loops of a stitch, but any combination of these 5…or into the space between two stitches…time for me to go swatch some ideas.