We love Tunisian crochet. And we’ve heard that you, Stitch This! readers, do too. Even if you haven’t cast on yet, we know that there’s a good chance you want to. It’s no secret that Tunisian crochet is the hot new commodity, and we like to think our very own Tunisian expert, Sheryl Thies, played an important role in bringing it back to the forefront of fiber arts. Her book Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet was released a couple of years ago and is still one of our best sellers. Sheryl inspired many to pick up the hook with her gorgeous patterns and beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet how-to.
To celebrate how far Tunisian crochet has come, we’re having a big celebration here on the blog—and you’re invited! We’re hosting a giveaway for a prize bundle that includes two finished projects plus a copy of Sheryl’s book, Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet. The book includes thirteen beautiful Tunisian crochet patterns for beginners and easy how-to instructions for those of you who’ve never picked up a Tunisian crochet hook before.
Along with the book, the winner will receive a set of two crocheted place mats and three coasters, as well as a beautiful scarf (all pictured above), crocheted by technical editor Ursula Reikes from patterns included in the book. We asked Ursula about crocheting projects from Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet, and here’s what she had to say:
“The instructions that Sheryl provided are very clear. Her attention to detail is great! I like working Tunisian crochet because it goes quickly and doesn’t look or feel bulky. It’s easy to count your stitches and see where you are in the project. And the results look more like they’ve been knitted than crocheted.”
Maybe you’re wondering, what is a Tunisian crochet hook? If so you’re in luck, because we have an excerpt from Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet about the tools you’ll need for Tunisian crochet. And to round out our celebration, we also have a sneak peek at Tunisian Crochet Encore, Sheryl’s sequel that’s due out in March. We’re excited about this follow-up to Sheryl’s first book. It has brand-new patterns, additional tips, and even more reasons to love Tunisian crochet.
So enjoy this excerpt and sneak peek, and be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway for the prize package: a free copy of Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet by Sheryl Thies and two beautifully crocheted projects from the book, crocheted by talented technical editor Ursula. We’ll choose a winner on Thursday, February 28, and notify you by email if you’ve won!
What Is a Tunisian Crochet Hook?
Notice the similarities between the regular crochet hooks and the Tunisian crochet hook shown below. Both hooks have a tip and a throat. The Tunisian crochet hook is much longer, and there is no thumb grip. A button-type stopper on the end keeps the stitches from sliding off the back end.
Standard crochet hooks
Tunisian crochet hook with long handle
Some Tunisian crochet hooks have a wire cable or extender to hold the stitches. This is particularly helpful when working a piece with a lot of stitches, such as an afghan. The length of the extension needs to be long enough to hold all the stitches. Generally, the length of the resulting piece can be up to three times the length of the extension.
Tunisian crochet hook with cable and stopper
Sets of interchangeable crochet-hook kits are now available and offer a range of hook sizes and cable lengths, making the kits particularly versatile.
Interchangeable crochet hooks
The kits are capable of accommodating small as well as large projects. While the extension cord needs to be long enough to accommodate all the stitches, a cord that is too long tends to annoyingly flap and dangle when not holding stitches. To configure a hook for a specific project, select the hook size and desired cord length and snap them together, place the stopper on the end, and you’re ready to begin. If partway through the project you add a considerable number of stitches or decide you would prefer to give the stitches more room, you can easily attach a longer cord. As the project progresses and fewer stitches need to be accommodated, or if you find the length of the cord irritating, select a shorter cord and attach it. The hooks, without the extension cord, can also be used for regular crochet, eliminating the need to purchase both regular crochet hooks and Tunisian crochet hooks.
Hooks come in different sizes and are labeled with either a number, letter, and/or metric measurement. Relying on the metric measurement (the actual millimeter size of the hook) is the most reliable measure since, depending on the manufacturer and the country in which the hook was manufactured, the number and/or letter may vary. Each pattern suggests the size of hook to use in number, letter, and metric size. But remember, you should work a gauge swatch and adjust the hook size if necessary. In general, the thicker the yarn, the larger the hook. A yarn label usually states a suggested hook size, but that relates to regular crochet. Because of the dense nature of Tunisian crochet stitches, a hook several sizes larger than what you would use for regular crochet is recommended.
Are you ready to start crocheting? Take a look at this sneak peek of Sheryl’s upcoming book, Tunisian Crochet Encore, for more inspiration. Be sure to add the book to your wish list at ShopMartingale and sign up to be notified by email when the book is released.
Which of the projects from Tunisian Crochet Encore are you most excited about?
Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win the prize package consisting of a free copy of Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet and two completed projects from the book! We’ll pick a winner on Thursday, February 28, and notify you by email if you’ve won.
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Martha, who writes:
“I find all the designs interesting. I would love to see the ‘modern’ way Tunisian is done. Years ago I learned the afghan stitch (self-taught, my first attempt looked like stockinette stitch, until I learned the correct method). Now, it looks like there is so much more that I’ve missed. And I love the extensions for the hooks. I wish I had one years ago.”
Martha, we’ll email you about your free book, and the free finished projects too. Congratulations!