Monday, October 8, 2012

Tunisian Double Crochet Knit Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
I thought I was so clever this weekend, playing with my yarn and deciding to mingle traditional crochet stitches with the Tunisian crochet method. Then my husband said, “You might want to Google these, and see if they’ve been done before.” Considering that crochet is one of the oldest fiber arts in the world, and Tunisian crochet has been around for centuries, it was easy to agree with him.
So while I managed to come up with each of these stitches on my own, without assistance from a book, video or tutorial (I might add), these next few Tunisian crochet stitches (to be posted as individual blog posts following this one), have been made before.

Tunisian Double Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. You will be making a foundation chain, casting on loops and then casting them off your afghan hook. You will be working only on the front side of the fabric, without turning your piece.
Cast on:  Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop
Cast off:  Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated
Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks):  Insert hook through both vertical and horizontal bars of stitch indicated
Foundation:  Make a traditional Tunisian foundation row >>> Chain (length desired); cast on loops; cast off loops
Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
Step 1:  Make double crochet Tunisian knit stitch: yarn over, make tks in first stitch of row (or in stitch indicated)

Step 2:  Yarn over, draw up a loop

Step 3:  Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook

Step 4:  Make double crochet tks in next stitch
[Repeat Steps 2 – 4 across row]

Step 5:  Cast off 1 loop for edge; cast off 2 loops at a time until 1 loop remains on hook
Repeat Steps 1 – 5 for pattern
Note:  Keep the edges straight by completing your last dc tks stitch in the last stitch of the row.
That’s all for now, good peopleJ Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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