Why is Nikki putting up this little swatch she whipped up?
What’s so special about it?
I want you to take a good look at it.
Look really closely.
Some of those stitches may look like knit stitches, and some you maybe can’t quite put your finger on, and oh, wait a minute, she’s got a crochet hook pictured…a crochet hook?
Yes, that’s right. This swatch is completely crocheted. I know…it’s too good to be true.
Here’s how this all came about.
While indulging a few weeks ago in my weakness (craft magazines) at my local book store, this cover caught my eye. You know I love the look of Entrelac, so I gave it a second glance. Then, when I realized I was looking at a Interweave’s Crochet magazine, I gave it a third and fourth glance. I picked it up, started reading through, and was instantly curious about all their referrals to “Tunisian Crochet.” I hadn’t ever heard of it, but loved the look of it. It’s a cross between knitting and crochet. It gives you the intricate stitch options of knitting, and the ease of only using one needle, like crochet. I went home, did a little online research, and to blatantly use a really bad pun…I was hooked!
So, I’ve got some project ideas in the works. They will hopefully be up within the next few weeks. Until then, I’m assigning some homework. First, get yourself a Tunisian crochet hook. It’s longer than a traditional hook and has a stopper at the end, like a knitting needle. They are a little hard to find. Your local chain craft store will have a limited supply, in probably only one or two sizes. That was enough to get me started. (If you’re having trouble finding them, this form of crochet is sometimes referred to as “Afghan Crochet.” That may help someone find what you are looking for.) Second, check out these great video tutorials by Brianna at The Crochet Side. They are super easy to follow and will help you learn the basics.
Let me know how it goes. Feel free to ask me any questions. I am learning this along with you, so if I don’t have the answers, I will help you find someone who does.
Nikki, In Stitches
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