April 24, 2011

What is Tunisian Crochet?

Tunisian crochet is needlework done with a crochet hook that is longer than normal, more like a knitting needle with the curved hook on the end.  It is worked with only the one needle like regular crochet, but you work each stitch across the row, leaving all stitches on the hook like knitting, until you get to the end of the row and work them off, two at a time, similar to the DC (double crochet).

There are many stitches that can be worked in Tunisian crochet, but the basic stitch is often called the afghan stitch.  It looks more like knitting, but results in a thicker piece since you work back and forth on the same row.

I found these instructions to be very clear in how to perform the basic Tunisian crochet (afghan) stitch.  The larger hook used leaves a much more open and lacy appearance, but a smaller hook will look more like knitting, like the piece shown here.

Have you ever done a Tunisian crochet or afghan stitch project?  I think I had an afghan hook years ago when I first learned to crochet as a kid and did a scarf or some other small piece, but haven't thought about it since then.

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ladydragonfly said...

My Mom dabbled in Tunisian Crochet and I have her hook now. Maybe I should give it a try. I'll have to follow the links to see if I can remember how she did it. I know I used to watch her and she said it was call an afghan stitch. Thanks for the post. Good memories for me. :)

Theresa Wiza said...

I think Camel crochet uses the same type of needle and hook. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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