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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

Turtleneck Sweater in Tunisian Crochet "Heather"

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest project: "Heather", an original turtleneck sweater made in two colours in Tunisian crochet. This delightful turtleneck sweater is worked top-down and in the round, using basic Tunisian rib stitches in a raglan yoke. The neckline and sleeves are worked in a 3x2 classic ribbing, while front and back are in “brioche” ribbing. On the front only of the sweater, a sinuous, “leafy” faux cable design is created through simple increasing and decreasing.

tunisian crochet raglan sweater

I found the inspiration for this original sweater in earlier projects of mine, such as my "Ireland" and "Lifelines" poncho capes (the pattern for the latter can be found for FREE on Hobbii), and in Malabrigo's fantastic Arroyo yarn, a hand-dyed 5 ply merino wool yarn in the sport category. I used this yarn, in colour Sur, as primary colour, while as secondary colour I used a simple off-white (in this case, Chuck by Tessiland). As I wrote above, for the neck and sleeves I used a classic ribbing stitch, which looks very similar to knitting, while for the front and back of the piece I used the tss+tws rib stitch, which creates a wonderful "brioche" effect. Finally, just to make sure we didn't miss anything, on the front of the sweater I added an elaborate faux cable design, achieved through simple increases and decreases.

tunisian crochet raglan sweater


Here's a little info for you regarding the pattern itself:


The sweater is available in sizes XS S (M L) XL 2XL 3XL


The sizes refer to following measurements:

tunisian crochet raglan sweater


10 cm x 10 cm (4” x 4”) = 20 sts x 18 rows (worked in Tunisian Rib Stitch2, i.e. "brioche" Tunisian rib stitch)


To meet gauge I used following yarn and tools:

Malabrigo Arroyo, col. Sur, 3 (4) 5 5 skeins

100% merinos yarn
100 g (3.2 oz) = ca. 306 mt (334 yds)

I purchased it here:

Tessiland Chuck, col. "Panna" (off-white), 2 (3) 4 5 balls

100% acrylic
100 g (3.2 oz) = ca. 400 mt (437 yds)


I used a double-pointed Tunisian crochet hook 4 mm (8, G6), either straight (long or short) or circular (2 Tunisian crochet hooks joined by a cable), and various stitch markers.


I know how you feel, but hey, don't let it get you down! Not only have I added a short introduction to the Tunisian technique to the pattern, with explanations on how to work in the round, how to make increases and decreases and how to close the work, but there are also many links to my video tutorials showing the techniques and stitches used. Finally, I am personally always happy to help with any doubts you may have about the pattern itself or the work. All good reasons, I think, to give it a chance. If you would like to try your hand at this project, you can find the pattern here: Etsy, Ravelry, LoveCrafts.

tunisian crochet raglan sweater




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