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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