Monday, December 10, 2012

Tunisian Crochet Project ~ Scarf

 
Happy Monday Everyone!
 
Archie and I are so excited because we have learned a new Craft that we just LOVE!
 
It is a form of crochet called Tunisian Crochet that is a marrying of knitting and crochet all in one!
 
It is so FUN!
 
We learned in our new Tunisian Crochet online class on Craftsy.com that once you  purchase the class, it is yours forever! 
 
The class includes amazing instruction through Video, PDF Lessons, Patterns and help from the instructor!
 
You take it on your own time and can never be behind in the lessons. :)
 
I love Craftsy.com and will show you another project next Monday from the Crochet Embellishments class I just took too! :) 
 
 


 
In addition to the class, I also bought this book on Amazon.com to learn each kind of stitch and use for a printed & bound guide.

It is a great book & is filled with patterns, photos and directions on how to make each stitch.



There are several stitches that you can master and choose to use for your projects.

So far I have learned the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS).

Here are two great blog tutorials that I also found that I think are helpful ...

http://crochetingthedayaway.blogspot.com/2011/10/tunisian-crochet-how-to-basic-tunisian.html

http://thingsbright.com/welcome-to-tunisian-crochet-week/

For my first project in Tunisian Crochet, I made Fred a warm and wonderful scarf.

He just loves it!
 
It was so FUN to learn a new form of crochet that uses a longer hook that you crochet the stitches onto and off of like knitting and also has a structure when you form the stitches that is similar in appearance to knitting. :)

 
Here is a close up of the scarf where I used the Tunisian Simple Stitch for the long brown body part of the scarf and then added a row of crochet bobbles and several rows of single crochet at each end for a neat effect.
 
 
 
This is an example of a Tunisian Hook that is also called an afghan hook.

 
I purchased all the Tunisian hook sizes ~ F through K ~ (also called the Afghan Hook) that I will need for most of my projects on Joann's .com
 
My favorite brand of crochet hooks is Boye so that is what I chose but lots of companies make them in more than just aluminum.  You can get bamboo in these and even larger sizes and they have kits you can get for working Tunisian crochet in the round too.
 
The instructor of the Craftsy.com class, Jennifer Hanson, has a wonderful website called stitchdiva.com that has her original tutorials, classes, yarn, patterns and lots of hooks & supplies that you can purchase too.


To further celebrate my new craft and hooks, I purchased this neat vintage ceramic vase on Etsy.com that is the perfect container to hold and display all of my new hooks. :)

I love shopping on Etsy.com!

You can also find lots of hooks and patterns for Tunisian and traditional crochet & knitting on etsy.com!

Please let me know if you learn or already practice this fabulously fun art form.

I would love to hear all about your projects and favorite places to shop for lots of neat things to use to further learn and enjoy this craft!

I would also love to hear what other new things you have been learning in classes, the kitchen, books, online or in daily life that you enjoy and want to share!

Thanks for taking the time to see what I have been working on in the evenings while relaxing with Fred & R-Chee.

Have a Super day everyone!

xoxox
Melissa & R-Chee

8 comments:

Mitch and Molly said...

Fred's new scarf is beautiful, Melissa! Isn't it so much fun to learn something new!

Judy said...

The stitches look really interesting! I love the combination of colors in Fred's scarf and your use of bobble stitches for the color change. It looks really great!
Hugs to you and yours!

Laura said...

How fun, Melissa! I'm definitely going to give this a try. Thanks for posting that on-line tutorial - looks easy enough to do with a little practice.

Diane said...

Love the new scarf & especially the look of the stitch. It really does look like a knit. Great job, Melissa!

Lisa M Griffin said...

I really, really miss knitting! This makes me want to delve right in again.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Your tunisian scarf is beautiful. Glad you are having so much fun with it!
Lynne x

Aga Gasiniak said...

Lovely scarf and colors. Good luck with Tunisian Crochet.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We think the stitching is beautiful too, and such pretty colors. It's nice to have a variety and new choices for all kinds of new things.
Thank you for sharing your joy with us!
love
tweedles