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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


You’ve heard someone talking about it; you’ve seen it mentioned in crafts’ magazines; maybe you’ve even read some articles on the matter. But what exactly is TUNISIAN CROCHET and what is all the hype behind this “long-forgotten” technique with an exotic name everyone seems to be talking about right now?


Tunisian Crochet projects
Some of my projects in Tunisian Crochet

As a (relatively) young crocheter I am often surprised to learn that only few people know what Tunisian crochet is. Many who know how to knit or crochet are “scared away” by this technique, probably because it is not as well known as knitting and crochet, and it is perceived as something “exotic” or obsolete. But what is Tunisian crochet, exactly? Its historical origins are unclear but, in spite of its name, it has probably nothing to do with Tunisia and it cannot be geographically located. Indeed, since its first appearance in England in the middle of the XIX century on specialized women’s magazines, it has been described with many different names (“Princess Frederick William Stitch”, “Crochet à tricoter”, “Tricot écossais”, “Railway knitting”, “Fool’s and Idiot’s stitch”, “German/Russian work” and others ), and only recently (in the 1960s and ‘70s) finally referred to as “Tunisian” or “Afghan crochet” (probably due to the fact that the technique is commonly used to produce blankets, or afghans).

Usually described as a hybrid between crochet and knitting, it is actually a technique of its own, producing a peculiar texture, very dense and sturdy, which cannot be obtained with the above-mentioned, more famous techniques. It is worked using just one hook, like in crochet, but rows are created in forward and return passes, where stitches are cast on and off the hook, just like in knitting. Some patterns and stitches are similar to knitting (the Tunisian Knit Stitch looks almost identical to the Knit Stitch on needles) and crochet (the Tunisian Popcorn Stitch is similar to the crochet Popcorn stitch, so are the Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch and the Tunisian Half Double Crochet Stitch, clearly) and it uses similar terminology and techniques (making chains, binding off, etc.), but the similarities seem to end there.

Another preconception often related to Tunisian crochet is that it is limited and not as flexible as crochet, and that projects made with this technique look rougher and less refined. Nothing farther from the truth! These days Tunisian crochet is gaining a new, well-deserved popularity among crafters. After years of oblivion, the interest and hype after this craft are steadily growing, and many young and creative designers are contributing to its success with modern and original patterns.


I started working in Tunisian crochet almost from the beginning, right after learning regular crochet. I immediately found it very exciting, because it seemed so incredibly easy to learn – especially if you already know how to crochet and/or knit - , and the projects came out beautifully! I created a couple of designs myself that proved quite successful, like my spiral placemat and cushion cover, or wingspan dragon shawl, and many others in all categories.

Tunisian Crochet projects
Tunisian Crochet Spiral

Tunisian Crochet projects
Tunisian Crochet Dragon Shawl

Noticing all the interest and curiosity that Tunisian crochet always generates whenever I post projects done in this technique, I thought – guess what? – to spread my knowledge by making a FREE online course on Tunisian crochet, through posts on basics and stitches on my blog, offering FREE patterns for practicing purposes, and showing the technique on my YouTubeChannel. Sounds interesting? If so, all you have to do is follow me on my blog and social media, and if you want to be sure not to miss any lessons, just subscribe for free to my newsletter (see subscribe form below), informing you on each new lesson. Are you in? Learning Tunisian crochet is easy, especially if you already know how to crochet or knit, but even as a beginner. I promise you hours and hours of fun and creativity with this enjoyable technique.

Tunisian Crochet projects
Tunisian Crochet Potholder in Ocean Stitch



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