designed by Kim Guzman © Sep. 2016
Technique: Tunisian Crochet
9.5″ across (with trim)
- A: Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle, 100% polyester highly-textured eyelash worsted weight yarn, 174 yds per 3 oz ball, shown in color Lemon
- B: Red Heart Creme de la Creme, 100% combed cotton worsted weight yarn, 125 yds per 2.5 oz ball, shown in Brite Green
- Tunisian Crochet Hook Size: H-5mm (or hook necessary to meet gauge or fabric preference)
- Regular Crochet Hook Size: H-5mm
- Yarn needle (for weaving ends)
15 tss for 13 rows measures 4″.
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I really enjoy working in short rows with Tunisian crochet. I am always trying new ways to perfect the technique and this project will demonstrate another method I’ve come up with.
If you’ve never worked in Tunisian crochet, just know that the last couple of stitches in the row are worked differently than typical Tunisian crochet rows.
If you have worked in Tunisian crochet before, notice that I haven’t made the initial chain-1 when closing the row. This means that the last two stitches of a row will look like a decrease, but you’re not really going to treat those stitches like a decrease. That extra chain-1 caused a little gap that I didn’t really like and this is my experiment to get rid of it. I rather like the way it turned out, but it took me a little bit to train my hands to stop making a chain-1.
Crochet Pattern Instructions
A: With color A and Tunisian hook, ch 15, sk 1 ch, pull up lps in back horizontal bar of each rem ch, close—15 lps on hook.
B: [Yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across—1 lp remains on hook here and throughout.
A: Sk first vertical bar, tss in each vertical bar to “fake 2-st decrease at the end”, tss in first vertical bar of “fake decrease”—14 lps on hook.
B: [Yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across.
Rows 3-13: Rep row 2. On last row, 3 lps on hook before closing.
A: Sk first vertical bar, tss in both vertical bars of “fake decrease”, tss in each unworked 2nd vertical bar of “fake decrease” in rows 13 down to 2 (step down like you’re stepping down stairs)], insert hook in last st of row 1, yo, pull lp through—15 lps on hook, drop color A.
B: With color B, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across.
Rows 15-26: Rep row 2.
Row 27: Rep row 14, changing to color A.
Rows 28-53: Rep rows 2-27.
Rows 54-78: Rep rows 2-26.
Final row: With B, rep row 14, except work slip stitches as for tss instead of just pulling lps through, fasten off. (See bind off video for more clarification, if necessary.)
With yarn needle, seam last row to first row. With regular crochet hook, join B with sl st to any st on outer edge, ch 1, sc in each st around outer edge, sl st to first sc, fasten off. Weave in all ends securely.