Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Tunisian Knit Stitch





Tunisian Knit Stitch produces a fabric that looks very much like knitted stocking stitch but the finished fabric is much thicker, it’s no wonder that so many people consider Tunisian a cross between knitting and crochet. It is worked on a Tunisian/Afghan hook which looks like a knitting needle with a hook instead of a point on the one end and a stopper on the other. These hooks come in different sizes for use with different yarn weights. Each row of Tunisian crochet is worked in 2 parts – a cast on row and a cast off row and unlike other forms of crochet, the work is never turned so you will always have the same side facing you. Just like knitted stocking stitch, Tunisian knit stitch fabric will roll and will need to be blocked when completed.

You will need:
ColourSpun Yarn of your choice – available from www.colourspun.com
1 x Tunisian hook to suit your yarn

Instructions
Start with a crochet foundation chain
Row 1:
Cast on row: Insert hook into the second chain from the hook, *wrap the yarn (from back to front) over the hook and pull through leaving the new loop on the hook; insert the hook into the next chain* repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.
Row 2:
Cast on row: Insert the hook from front to back between the strands the second vertical bar of the previous row, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook; *insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook * repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.

Repeat row 2 - (for however many rows you need) then work a row of single crochet to end off.

Darn in ends.

Tunisian knit stitch is ideal for any project that required a thick fabric – cushions, handbags etc.


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