Tunisian crochet is a yarn craft that combines crochet and knitting to make something that looks a little like both – and a bit like weaving too! The fabric is typically a little thicker than normal crocheted fabric, and it’s worked from one side only. To make Tunisian crochet stitches, you use a long straight crochet hook with a stopper on the end. Or you could call it a long knitting needle with hook on the end! Once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s a little bit faster than crochet and about twice as fast as knitting.
I have only played with this technique a little bit, but I’m fascinated by the process. Craftsy offers an Online Tunisian Crochet Class, or you can learn by watching youtube! Here are a series of youtube videos I found from Kim Guzman, who’s known for her amazing Tunisian crochet patterns.
Looks pretty fun, right? Like any new skill it’ll take practice to master, but I think it will be worth it! There are lots of Tunisian crochet patterns available, and to help get you excited about this technique, here are links to 10 great free ones!
10 Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns
- Super Duper Kitchen Sponges on Hook Candy (perfect first Tunisian pattern!)
- Pax by Aoibhe Ni, a Ravelry download
- Birchbark Slippers by Sue PerezMr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness
- Kylie Hat by Stefanie Bold, a Ravelry download
- Tunisian Mitered Throw by Darla J. Fanton, on Red Heart
- Tunisian Ripple Scarf by Elisa Purnell, a Ravelry download
- Tokyo Vest by Doris Chan, on Tahki Stacy Charles
- Tunisian Wingspan by Amy Depew, a Ravelry download
- Entrelac in the Round by Buggy, on My Life in Knots
- Double Spiral Afghan by Margaret Zellner, a Ravelry download
Many of these designers have several great free Tunisian crochet patterns, so be sure to poke around their patterns and sites a bit too. I’m endlessly amazed by what can be done with a simple hook and bit of string! I hope these videos and patterns have inspired you too!
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