Monday, April 7, 2014

First run at Tunisian crochet

Front and back comparison
I have dabbled at Tunisian crochet but never found it to my liking with in 4 rows or so.

So what changed my mine, why am I writing up this post?  Simply this, Starlight Tunisian Scarf .

I saw u/SassySSS had worked that pattern up over on r/Chrochet posted some WIP shots of her scarf done up in this pattern with a few tweeks.  I liked the look of it so much so that I went back threw my hooks and decided to try and work it up myself.

I have been hooking this up all weekend when I was at Wizard World Convention, I even talked with a few people who took an interest when they saw me pull it out of my bag on one of my sit down between laps of the con.

The top image shows the front versus the back of the work.  The next image gives a better view of the front of the work.

Working Tunisian Shell row (cast on)
Return Row of the T. Shell(cast off)
For those of you who have not done Tunisian before, its worked a bit like knitting, you need a tunisian or afghan hook like in the images, one that has no thumb rest and a cap at the end to prevent stitches from sliding off the end.  The point to this style hook is because you work a row and as you yo and pull up a loop it gets left on the hook (like with knitting) this is the first part of the row or what I call the cast on part of a row, then you work the return row/cast off row working backwards.  Look at the cast off photo, I simply am doing a - Yo, pull threw two loops- repeat to end.  Onces you find the return your cast on/off is one row of work.

Unlike normal crochet, tuniscian is not worked into the top of a stitch but  threw the middle, normally you would think of this section as the post but its actually more like the top it just has the 2 loops going vertical.

Working Row of TTS (cast on)
This pattern called for 2 stitches, the Tuniscian Shell (TS), and the Tuniscian Twisted Stitch (TTS).  With the twisted stitch, you hold the yarn on the side of the work closest to your body, sort of like when your do the Purle stitch in knitting, to pick up your loop you go threw and grab the veritcal bar farthest from you (see pictuer of WR-TTS CO) by snagging it with the hook so you are twisting the stitch as you pull it forward to do your -YO Pull threw-.  This will creat a little horizontal bar at the base of the stitch in the back, and that wavey bump row on the front of the work.

For the TS, you are working it sort of like unfinished DC Shells, you will start with a *yo on the hook, then go between the 2 vertical stitchs (way easyer then the TTS to explain) yo pull threw, yo and pull threw two loops* (now left with 2 loops on hook) then work the ** two more times in the same vertiacl stitch making sure to leave that last loop on the hook so at the end you would have 4 loops on the hook, then you would sk the next 2 vertical st's and repeat across.

Tuniscian apparently can leave your work looking slanted but a few good tugs and blocking can fix that.  I happen to like the slant in this pattern so when I block to open up the Shells I am going to try and leave it in.

Since I am learning this as I go it seems slow to me, I have roughly just over 3 feet finished since I pulled the hook out on Saturday to knock out a few rows whilst waiting for my Hubby (who is awesome he dropped me off at the door to the convention, and went to park 4 blocks away so I wouldn't have to walk in the windy cold) to get back.  the yarn I am using is one of the Red Heart boutique Unforgettable stuff is so slippery teh labels will not stay on them and I have 3 ball's all in different colorways.

The Convention was a blast, my husband while walking the convention floor looking at all the merchandise actually ran into Eliza Dushku who is one of my favorit actresses (sadly I was off resting my stupid sore feet so I missed it).   We got to have (read hubby payed and wont tell me how much) our picture taken with Matt Smith!!!  Who is actully realy nice, he was doing lots of poses for people who had the forethough to ask and bring props, and he took the time to personly thank every fan who came in to get there photo taken with him.  Also he hugged me I could have just melted then and there he is so sweet.

I also go tot visit my favorit store while at the convention Animeggroll had a booth set up at the contion as well.

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