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Etsy Shop now Open!

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Exciting news!!! My Etsy Shop is now open!
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I am currently in the process of adding items to it, namely vintage knitting and crocheting patterns for instant pdf download (so no waiting for the posts, you can get started immediately).

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Come and have a look at what else there is, I’m constantly adding new exciting items.

What are you looking for though? Good quality needles perhaps? Or shiney new yarn? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do about getting it, for an affordable price too 🙂

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Afghan crochet- also known as Tunisian crochet. This is a hybrid mix of both knitting and crochet, and uses a specially styled crochet hook. These hooks are longer than normal, smooth all over and tend to have a stopper at the end to stop your stitches falling off. They can alternatively have a hook at both end, these hooks are normally for circular work.

tunisian hooks

I’m going to show you how to do the basic stitch- the same as used for my robots (which are coming along nicely 🙂 ). This stitch is called TSS, Tunisian simple stitch.

TSS
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This wonderful diagram is taken from a vintage crochet pamphlet.

To start with, make a normal slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches- as you would with standard crochet.

Now work your foundation row, this also counts as your first row.

Row 1 forwardfig 1 Insert hook into the first chain space from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. * Insert hook into next chain space, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat from * across all stitches; making sure to keep all of your stitches on your hook.

Row 1 return: fig 2 Yarn over and pull back through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.

Row 2 forward: Note: The stitch on your hook counts as your first stitch. fig 3 Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar. Repeat from * to end bar. Here you are going to put your hook through the last vertical bar and the stitch directly behind it, yarn over and draw up a loop. fig 4 This creates a firm edge and stops your work from trying to pull to the right.

Firm left hand edge

Row 2 return: Work as row 1 return. (Yarn over and pull through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.)

Repeat row 2 forward and return until you have your desired size. Then create your finished edge.

Finishing edge: Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar and stitch on hook- as though slip stitching. Repeat from * to the end.

Break off yarn.

I hope you have fun trying this lovely new technique 🙂