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Way back in about 2000, I sold three books to Annie’s Attic. Have you seen the huge numbers of knit/purl dishcloths which display pictures, kind of like filet only in a monochromatic textured way instead of through lace. I had seen them and I discovered a way to do the same thing in Tunisian crochet.
If we’re being honest, it was quite by accident. I was just learning Tunisian crochet and I was trying to do the traditional purl stitch with the yarn in the front. It was awkward and I was certain I was doing it incorrectly. So, I was getting frustrated with that blasted purl stitch and I was just messing around and created a different stitch. I liked it much better. It gave the effect I wanted and was easier to do.
I used Red Heart Soft for all of these blankets. The colors are so lovely and muted but not necessarily the typical pastel you find for babies.
At the time, this stitch wasn’t in any current publications with Annie’s. I knew that I was on to something when I was sitting across the table from the two Annie’s execs and they asked “How did you do that?” Three books were born out of this happy accident.
These days, you’ll know this stitch as the Tunisian Reverse Stitch, of course. But, in the wee beginning of the Tunisian crochet revolution, it was an unknown. The publisher decided to call it purl and that’s what is in the book but anyone who has done Tunisian crochet will already know that it’s actually the Reverse Stitch.
This book has been out of print for over a decade so it was fun to see that it’s been reprinted and put back into circulation at Annie’s. You can find it here.
This one with the hearts is a favorite. I love the outline of the hearts and the seed stitch in the center. I created that by accident as well! It was almost 20 years ago and there weren’t many resources. Almost everything I did was by accident. I think that was why it was so fun. I knew I was breaking new ground and everything was new. That saying about “there’s nothing new under the sun” doesn’t really apply to Tunisian crochet.
This lattice is another favorite. It’s just so classic. All of these could so easily be mistaken for knitting. You’ll fool everyone!
Here’s another one with the seed stitch in the center. Don’t you just love that effect?
When you’re making these afghans, try to maintain a loose tension. Tunisian crochet just works better in a loose tension. You accomplish this by adjusting your hook size, as necessary. The “purl bumps” of the Reverse Stitch will be more pronounced when you use a bigger hook. Experiment with different hooks for the look you want.
These blankets are quite large. They’re not your typical little baby size. They’re more of a toddler or baby bed size. Your gift will be able to be used for many years and these are so classic that they would make perfect throws as well. For instance, I see absolutely no reason why the lattice wouldn’t work for a sofa throw.