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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

"Leafy Tunisian" - new Tunisian crochet Designs

Ever since I started knitting and crocheting I have always been absolutely fascinated by the wonderful and intricate designs created using the "brioche" technique. It is not so much or only the possibility of creating double-sided garments that enchants me, but the beauty of the embossed motifs themselves, often inspired by nature, which can be obtained with this technique, especially by combining contrasting colours.

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I have always thought that these wonderful designs could only be obtained through knitting, but since I am a crocheter (and not particularly fond of knitting 😁), I have set aside, despite myself, the "brioche" technique. So when I stumbled upon Juliette Bezold's gorgeous “Fable Cowl” (you can find her and her amazing work on Ravelry) and saw that it was made in Tunisian crochet, imagine my happiness! I immediately recognised the many creative possibilities that opened up to me by using certain Tunisian stitches and by skilfully alternating increases and decreases.

So I started experimenting with different sinuous motifs, using the Tunisian technique and being inspired, at the same time, by different knitted designs obtained through the “brioche” technique. You can find the fruit of my experiments on my Instagram feed and on my YouTube channel “Hookloopsarah Crochet”, where I published the video tutorial of one of the designs I'm most proud of: “Vines”.


Finally, I have posted two Tunisian crochet patterns on my sites. The first, called “Dunes”, is a turtleneck sweater clearly inspired by the work of Juliette Bezold, worked in Tunisian Rib Stitch. Here it is:

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"Dunes" Turtleneck Sweater in Tunisian crochet

The second, published a few days ago, is a neck warmer made by combining the Tunisian Simple stitch and the Tunisian Knit stitch, always using yarns in contrasting colours. I called it "Candlelight":

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"Candlelight" Cowl

In short, now I am totally in love with this technique, which I will call “leafy Tunisian”, for lack of a specific name. What do you think? I hope you like it, because I will continue with my experiments, producing always new intricate, sinuous works. Until next time, then!


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