Tunisian Crochet is fun and quick.
Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet-Learn How with 13 Projects by Sheryl Thies
Published by: Martingale & Company in 2011.
Format: Paperback and E-book (Kindle)
Learn the Afghan Stitch
Want to learn a new/old craft. Then, this is a great resource book for you. This book is full of excellent tutorials and 13 gorgeous projects. Note: There is no obvious link to the country Tunisia.
What is Tunisian Crochet?
Tunisian crochet is a generations-old needlework technique that today’s crocheters–and knitters–are rediscovering. Also known as an afghan stitch, this versatile technique is worked on a long needle with a crochet hook at each end.
What is in the Book
Read a brief history of Tunisian crochet and find out why it’s experiencing such a resurgence
This book has excellent illustrations. In particular, it has the best drawing of the last stitch in the forward pass that I have been able to find. Because knowing exactly how to create the final stitch in the forward pass ensures that your left edge is smooth and neat, I feel this is a fundamental technique.
The Tunisian/Afghan Hook
The author starts off discussing the parts and characteristics of the hooks.
- The hook is longer than a regular crochet hook and has a stopper at one end.
- Some hooks have a wire cable or extender to hold stitches. This is good for hooking afghans.
- Interchangeable sets.
Tutorials in the Book
Next, she has expert tutorials on the mechanics. Again, her illustrations are top notch. Also, there is a chart for troubleshooting common problems.
For instance, her tutorials cover the following techniques:
- The Foundation
- Changing Colors
- Bind Off
- Yarn Over (YO)
- Changing Color
The 13 projects are for all skill levels. Furthermore, they include women’s garments and accessories, as well as home accents.
I especially like that the author encourages the student to visit their local yarn store ( LYS) for assistance in selecting the correct yarn for the projects.
Techniques for an Attractive Finish
After the projects, there is a chapter on Techniques for an Attractive Finish.
I recommend you grab this book while it is still available. I don’t think you will regret your purchase. Unfortunately, like most publications, there is an errata sheet.
Since I wrote this review, a new copy of the paperback version is no longer being published. The E-book is still available.
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