Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet Book Review

 

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Publisher: Stackpole Books

Author: Brenda Bourg

Number of Pages: 102 pages

Number of Projects: 16 patterns

Types of Projects: Cowls, sweaters, headbands, cuffs, afghans and more.

Difficulty: Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced with a very good mix of each level.

Yarn Used: #3 & #4

First Impression: This is a great alternative to those who love look of knitting, but don’t know how to knit.

My Favorite Project Pick: Elisha Afghan

Elisha Afghan - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewElisha Afghan

Review: There is something about the look of knitting that I love. Don’t you agree? But, if you’re like me and you don’t know how to knit, this is a great alternative!

Tech Review: ***Because the focus of my blog is now more behind-the-scenes, pattern based, I have decided to have my reviews come from that perspective. I love tech editing and want to start adding that perspective as well.***  

The book contains actual photographs of the stitch steps, which I love. This is so much help to anyone knew to this technique. There are also sections on substituting yarn, reading charts, carrying colors, tension, and so much more. In addition to the actual photos they also included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well blocking tips and more.

If you’re unsure of these patterns because of all the color changes, let me assure you that you’ll be in good hands. Brenda has a color graph for each and every pattern in the book. Whether you’re a visual/chart crocheter, or new to Tunisian, you will definitely benefit from the added bonus.

My favorite part of the “extras” in this book is actually the color wheel. There is an actual color wheel as well as tips on how to pick colors for working fair isle patterns.  I’ve never seen this done and I thought it was an excellent addition to the overall concept of the book.

Annabel Bag - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewAnnabel Bag

Emily Headband - Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet book reviewEmily Headband

Brenda put a lot of time into the fair isle designs of these projects. If you love Tunisian, or are just a fan of knitting and want to give Tunisian a try, there are an array of projects for you to choose from. I showed you just a few of my favorites. You can find more info about Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet here.

**Toni was the winner of the giveaway.**

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own. 
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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL Links

My Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL is one of my most read and pinned series of posts. The project was a way to learn Tunisian crochet, or even explore some new Tunisian stitches you’ve never tried before. It continues to be wildly popular – thank you Pinterest! But there is one question that seems to be asked more than any other and that is, “Where can I find all the sampler scarf posts?” I’m not sure why, but randomly my site won’t give you all the posts when you do a “Tunisian” search, so I thought I would put them all in one handy spot to save you time.

 

Tunisian Sampler Scarf

Here is a list of all the tutorials. Just click on each link to take you to that post.

CAL Intro

Part 1 – Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)

Part 2 – Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)

Part 3 – Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks)

Part 4 – Basketweave 

Part 5 – Tunisian Double Stitch (tds)

Part 6 – Puff Stitch

Part 7 – Openwork Pattern

Part 8 – Slanted Fabric Pattern

Part 9 – Berry Stitch

Part 10 – Net Stitch

Part 11 – Honecomb Stitch Pattern

Part 12 – Lattice Pattern

Finishing Row – sc bind off

I hope this will save you some time. As always, if you have any questions please let me know.

Happy Crocheting!

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Tunisian Shawls Book Review

tunisian shawlsTunisian Shawls

Publisher: Leisure Arts

Number of Pages: 50 pages

Number of Projects: 8 shawls

Types of Projects: Tunisian shawls. From casual to fancy, there is something for everyone.

Difficulty: Projects range from easy to intermediate.

Yarn Used: #3, #4, & #5

First Impression: This book is worth the investment!

Favorite Project: Cables & Heart Shawl

cable wrapCables & Heart

Review: While there are a small number of projects I would make almost every single one. Shawls are multi-functional and can be dressy, casual, useful, and practical and designer Sharon Silverman has included a little bit of every style. I’m sure there is more than one wrap that you would make in this book. Leisure Arts has included general information (gauge, terms, abbreviations), as well as stitch help and photos.

Bonus: There are video links to stitch tutorials for the patterns. I believe this is an invaluable tool for those who are new to tunisian and are visual learners.

silver shimmerSilver Shimmer

popover wedgesPopover Wedges

I’ve only shown you a few of my favorites. You can click on any of the photos, or the link under the cover photo, to go to Leisure Arts website and see the rest of the projects.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Tunisian Crochet Today Book Review

Tunisian Crochet Today, published by Martingale, is all about projects for you and your home. It features everything from blankets and pillows to a market bag and a purse.

Tunisian Crochet Today

There is a step-by-step of all the Tunisian stitches right at the front of the book, which makes it easy to find.

tunisian pillow

It even has a section on finishing techniques to help you get your project looking as good as possible to the very end.

tunisian market bag

With 35 pages and 7 projects, there should be something for just about anyone in this book.

tunisian afghan

If you’re new to Tunisian crochet this is a great book to get you started.

***Disclaimer – I was provided a free copy of this ebook in exchange for a review. However, all opinions and observations are my own.***

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Tunisian Crochet for Baby – Book Review

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of Tunisian crochet. I’m not sure whether it’s because I love the look of knit but don’t know how to use needles, or if it’s because it is just a totally different look, feel, and fabric but still made with a hook. Either way, I was super excited to be given a copy of Sharon Silverman‘s new book Tunisian Crochet for Baby to review, which will also include a giveaway courtesy of Stackpole Books.

Tunisian Crochet for Baby

The first thing I noticed was the book draws you in with the great photos of the projects. (My first couple times through all I did was look at the pictures.) There are 16 projects in the book, but some projects have more than one pattern to them. (Ex: the christening set has the dress, bonnet, and booties but it is 1 project.)

Tunisian Crochet for Baby CheckerboardCheckerboard Blanket

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Sharon SilvermanWashcloths and Nursery Box

All the patterns have symbols charts if you prefer that to reading a pattern. In addition to those there are color photographs of unique or unusual stitches which are actually right in with the pattern and not in the back of the book. (From someone who likes visuals, this was an excellent idea in my opinion.)

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Cocoon HatCocoon and Hat Set

Tunisian Crochet for Baby Harlequin Harlequin Blanket

When you get to the back of the book there is a techniques section which is all color. Yay! (I love color photos.) I reviews basic crochet stitches (for the beginner) and then gets into the Tunisian stitches, color changes, how to read the crochet charts, and more.  

There are many more that I loved, but I don’t want to spoil all the surprises. Head to Stackpole Books and look through the preview. I would love to know which is your favorite.

Happy Crocheting!

 *Disclaimer* – This book was provided to me for a review, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Tunisian SC Bind Off

When going a tunisian project you need to do a finishing row, otherwise will have gaps in your between your stitches and your work may look like this…….

Here is how to do a sc bind off.  (for those that know how to crochet it is similar to a regular sc)

1)  insert hook behind next vertical bar

2)  yo, pull up a loop 

3)  yo, pull through both loops on hook  repeat

4)  insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

Tunisian SC Bind OffTunisian SC Bind Off

Fasten off.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL – Finishing Row

When going a tunisian project you need to do a finishing row, otherwise will have gaps in your between your stitches and your work may look like this…….

We’re going to be using a sc bind off to finish the scarf.  (for those that know how to crochet it is similar to a regular sc)

Finishing row:  skip 1st vertical bar, * insert hook behind next vertical bar (see fig.1), yo, pull up a loop (see fig.2), yo, pull through both loops on hook (see fig.3), repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

Fig.1 – insert hook behind next vertical bar

Fig.2 – yo, pull up a loop

Fig.3 – yo, pull through both loops on hook

Tunisian SC Bind OffTunisian SC Bind Off

Fasten off.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL – Part 12

This is going to be the last section of the CAL.  If you’d like the scarf to be longer you can just repeat any/all of the sections we’ve done.  I will do a separate post on how to end your tunisian project.  When you are done you will probably want to block your scarf so that all sections are exactly the same width.

Here is a lattice pattern, which is made by crossing two stitches.  I really like the look of this, and think it would make a great project on its own.

 

Section 12 –  Lattice Pattern

 

TSS = insert hook behind next vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop (for tutorial see section 1 of scarf)

 

Row 127:  skip 1st vertical bar, * TSS in next vertical bar, repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Row 128:  skip 1st vertical bar, * skip next vertical bar, draw up a loop in next vertical bar (see fig.1), draw up a loop in skipped vertical bar (see fig.2), repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch (see fig.3). (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Tunisian Lattice StitchFig.1 – skip next vertical bar, pull up a loop in next vertical bar

Fig.2 – pull up a loop in skipped vertical bar

Row 129 – 139:  Repeat Row 128.

 Tunisian Lattice StitchFig.3 – all loop on hook

Happy Crocheting!

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL – Part 11

The tunisian honeycomb stitch is a combination of TSS & TPS stitches alternatively worked across the row.

 

Section 11 –  Honeycomb Stitch

 

TSS = insert hook behind next vertical bar, yo, pull up a loop (section 1 of scarf)

TPS = move yarn in front of hook, insert hook behind next vertical bar, move yarn to back of hook, yo, pull up a loop (section 2 of scarf)

 

Row 115:  skip 1st two vertical bars, * TSS in next st, TPS in next st, repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch (see fig.1). (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Row 116:  skip 1st vertical bar, * TPS in TSS of previous row, TSS in TPS of previous row, repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Row 117:  skip 1st vertical bar, * TSS in TPS of previous row, TPS in TSS of previous row, repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Row 118 – 126:  Repeat Row 116 & 117.

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tunisian Purl Stitch – TPS

The tunisian purl stitch (TPS) it is also known as just the purl stitch. If you compare it to the knit purl stitch they look very similar.

1)  skip 1st vertical bar (directly below loop on hook), * bring yarn in front of work/hook,

2)  working behind yarn insert hook under next vertical bar,

3)  wrap yarn to back of hook,

4)  yo,

 

5)  pull up a loop,

6)  repeat from * across to last bar, insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.


Tunisian Purl Stitch - TPS

 

Happy Crocheting!

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Tunisian Simple Stitch – TSS

Here is a photo tutorial to work the tunisian simple stitch (TSS).  Here are a few other names it is also known by.

  • TSS – tunisian simple stitch
  • afghan simple stitch
  • tunisian basic stitch

Chain any number of desired stitches

1)  crochet in back ridge of beginning ch (see fig.1),

Fig.1 – Back Ridge of chain, “V” is on bottom of hook

2)  insert hk in 2nd ch from hook,

3)  yo, pull up a loop,

4)  *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across leaving all loops on hook

Fig.2 – all loops on hook

5)  To complete row 1: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across.

6)  skip 1st vertical bar (directly below loop on hook), * insert hook under next vertical bar (see fig.3)

Fig.3 – insert under vertical bar

7)  yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last bar,

8.)  insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (see fig.4)

Fig. 4 – insert hook through both loops of last stitch

9)  To complete row 2: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until there is 1 loop left.

end of row


Tunisian Simple Stitch - TSSFinished TSS

Happy Crocheting!

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL – Part 10

The tunisian net stitch is worked between stitches, as opposed to most of the stitches which are worked with the vertical bar.

 

Section 10 –  Net Stitch
(also known as the Tunisian full stitch)

 

TSS = insert hook between next 2 vertical bars, yo, pull up a loop

Row 100:  skip 1st two vertical bars (see fig.1), * TSS in space between 2nd & 3rd vertical bars inserting hook from front to back (see fig.2), yo, pull up a loop (see fig.3), * insert hook between next 2 vertical bars, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (see fig.4) (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Fig.1 – skip these 2 vertical bars

Fig.2 – insert hook from front to back, between 2nd & 3rd sts

Fig. 3 – yo, pull up a loop

Tunisian Net StitchFig.4 – all loops on hook

Row 101:  skip 1st vertical bar, * TSS in space between 1st & 2nd vertical bars inserting hook from front to back (see fig.5), * TSS between next 2 sts, repeat from * across to last sp, skip last sp, insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (see fig.6) (20 loops on hook)

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.

Fig.5 – insert hook between 1st & 2nd vertical bars

Tunisian Net Stitch TutorialFig. 6 – all loops on hook

Row 102 – 114:  Repeat Row 100 & 101.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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