Tunisian crochet is one of my favorite crochet techniques, so I’m so excited to kick off the first week of the New Year, New Skill crochet-a-long by featuring four different Tunisian crochet patterns! (If you’re just hearing about the CAL, you can find more details and a regularly updated schedule here.)
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Week 1: Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet projects generally require a specialized hook (sometimes called an Afghan hook) with a stopper on one end. As you can imagine, these hooks are available in a variety of lengths and materials. You can see just a few (ahem) from my collection in the picture below. My favorite Tunisian crochet hooks are the plastic ones made by Denise Interchangeables (shown at the far right), which can also be configured as double-ended hooks or standard crochet hooks.
Why do you need the stopper? Well, unlike most other crochet techniques, Tunisian crochet stitches are kept on the hook, kind of like knitting stitches. If you don’t have a Tunisian crochet hook (and can’t get your hands on one over the next week), you can also wrap a rubber band tightly on the end of your hook or use a knitting point protector as a temporary stopper.
How to join the New Year, New Skill CAL
- Get the full schedule here. You can join in by crocheting the patterns as you have time.
- Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #calcentralcrochet on all social media.
- If you’d like to chat with other crocheters, join our Facebook or Ravelry groups.
- Each week, our featured designers will be available to answer questions in our groups and to share some of their other work with you.
- By the end of the CAL you’ll have up to 26 beautiful projects and will have learned or mastered 7 different skills.
New Year, New Skill Week 1 Patterns
Choose one (or more) of these patterns to help you learn or master Tunisian crochet!
- Tunisian Extended Knit Scarf with video tutorial by Underground Crafter (that’s me!).
- Tunisian Mock Cables Scarf with video tutorial by Kim Guzman. (Note: This project is made in strips so it doesn’t require a specialized hook.)
- Simply Elegant Arm Corset by Creative Threads by Leah.
- Dragonfly and Mosaic Dragonfly Graph Hat by Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts.