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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

Centrepiece in Tunisian crochet short rows


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tunisian crochet short rows: Centrepiece

As you probably already know if you follow me, I always like to come up with new, unconventional designs when I plan a new crochet pattern. I sometimes mentioned in the past how Tunisian crochet is often perceived as not as “flexible” and “versatile” as regular crochet, proving this misconception wrong all the time. Well, after learning the short rows’ technique in Tunisian crochet I am even more convinced of this!


I am often inspired in my designs by what I see, around me or online: sometimes it’s a form, sometimes a colour palette, or a particular stitch, that strike me; sometimes I see something knitted and think: “I want to do something similar, but in Tunisian crochet!” Now, I must admit that many of these “ideas” never see the light of day: things do not turn out as they should, they just don’t work or I simply don’t like them. So with my “Cloudbusting” pattern it was more or less the same: I wanted to create something with a repetition of shell-like modules, so at first I thought of mitred squares (which can be done in Tunisian crochet just like in regular crochet and knitting), but I didn’t really like the “square” part of it…so I ended up trying with short rows. If you are following me on Instagram, you have already seen my tests. They looked promising, but I couldn’t come up with a form that made sense. 

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tunisian crochet short rows: first tests

I almost wanted to give up, until I finally found the form that worked for me: a not perfectly symmetrical, but overall round-ish circle. My “Cloudbusting” centrepiece was born, also thanks to my trusted, super talented testers who patiently tried and re-tried this pattern for me.

The wobbly form already explains the name: when I started testing around with modules, the work looked more and more like a growing cloud. The yarn shades I used in my first tests probably contributed to that feeling (not to mention that I am a big Kate Bush fan 😊), so that’s the name I chose for my pattern.

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End of story: if you want to try my new “Cloudbusting” pattern for a lovely centrepiece in Tunisian crochet using the short rows’ technique, you find it HERE (or you can check my other selling sites here).

You’ll be happy to know that I have also uploaded a support video tutorial in my YouTube Channel “HookloopsarahCrochet”, showing the most complicated stages of the pattern. You find it here.

I am really happy with the result and I can’t wait to develop this pattern into something bigger, like a rug, a blanket, or even trying it with different stitches. Stay tuned for future updates! 


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