Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Tunisian Bobbles



Tunisian Bobble Stitch produces a fabric that looks equally good on both sides. 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. For the sample here, I worked each row in a different colour.

You will need:
Yarn in various colours – I used ColourSpun Kid Mohair available from www.colourspun.com
1 x 8mm Tunisian hook

Notes

1. 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.
2. The 1st stitch of every cast on row is always worked into the 2nd vertical bar of the previous cast on row (your final loop of the previous cast off row is in the 1st vertical bar)
3. Every piece of Tunisian crochet starts with a crochet foundation chain, followed by a foundation row. This is always the same.
Foundation Row
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.
4. Unless stated differently in the pattern, the closing/cast off part of every row is the same – see the instructions above for cast off
5. The final row of your work will be a cast on row worked in the same stitch as the piece you have made, (for this sample it will be in TKS) but instead of keeping each loop on the hook it will be drawn through the previous loop, leaving only 1 loop on the hook after each stitch is worked.
Final Row
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 1 loop on hook.
6. TKS Tunisian Knit Stitch
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 for each TKS
7. TDS Tunisian Double Stitch
Wrap the yarn over 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, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops on hook
8. TBS Tunisian Bobble Stitch
Work 3 TDS into the same vertical bar, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 3 loops on hook


Instructions
Start with a crochet foundation chain of a multiple of 4 + 5 chain
Work a foundation row
Row 1: TKS; TBS; (3TKS; TBS) to last 2 stitches, 2TKS; close.
Row 2: TKS to end; close
Row 3: (3TKS; TBS) to last 4 stitches, 4TKS; close
Row 4: TKS to end; close
Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern.
End with final row.

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