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"Queen of spades" cropped cardigan in Tunisian Crochet

THE MAKING OF A LOVELY CARDIGAN IN TUNISIAN CROCHET In the last little while, as you may have noticed, I have been working on an ambitious project: the creation of a Tunisian crochet garment, using a leaf motif (or "spades", as I preferred to call it) already seen in some wonderful knitting projects. First, I thought about replicating the spade pattern in Tunisian crochet, which was not difficult, as I have created similar patterns before - you can find them, for example, in these projects of mine: Leaf it On Shawl , Leaf it On Scarf , Leaf it On Cowl .  Leaf it On Scarf Next, I thought it best to make a garment that had a simple workmanship, i.e. worked flat, and not in the round, to avoid, at least initially, over-complicating the design. A cardigan, therefore, was the best choice. Next, I chose a yarn that I liked and opted for a fine multicoloured yarn. This was the result: "QUEEN OF SPADES" - THE CAL! I liked the finished garment very much, and so did you, whic

New Pattern: Japanese knot Bag in Tunisian crochet "ten-stitch"

New Tunisian crochet pattern for Japanese knot Bag made with "ten-stitch-blanket" technique

My crochet pattern for a Japanese knot bag in Tunisian crochet is finally ready! To create it, I used one of the most difficult crochet techniques around: the ten-stitch-pattern usually used for blankets. My goal with this tutorial was to create an easy guide, easy explained and with many pictures included in order to make it understandable for everyone, since I personally struggled A LOT with the few instructions I could find on the internet. 

japanese knot bag pattern tunisian crochet
                             japanese knot bag pattern tunisian crochet
japanese knot bag pattern tunisian crochet
                   japanese knot bag pattern tunisian crochet

To create this bag I used a beautiful self-striping yarn in blue-azure-turquoise-green shades by a small Italian yarn company called Tessiland. It is very similar to the Drops Delight series, if you have that in mind. Anyway, the quality is very good, it is mainly premium acrylic and, also thanks to the stiffness of the Tunisian stitch itself, it is ideal for a small bag, because it does not give in or deform too easily. Of course you can use this design to create whatever you want: pillow covers, clothing tops or even the famous blanket that gives its name to this technique. 

So if you want to challenge yourselves, try it out and create your own handbag with my Hookloops DIY written instructions, you can find the pattern here: PATTERN for Japanese knot bag by Hookloopsarah on Etsy. All my patterns are written tutorials in English including many pictures clearly explaining every step of the process. I use US standard terminology and abbreviations.

If you like working spirals in Tunisian crochet, take a look at my much appreciated crochet spiral, too: CROCHET SPIRAL PATTERN


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