Learning Tunisian Crochet

Recently, I had a lull between knitting projects. I couldn’t quite decide what to work on next. My Ravelry queue had about 30 choices, but the choices just made me more indecisive. So instead, I decided to investigate the excitement around Tunisian Crochet.

I gathered some scrap yarn and a hook and settled in front of my computer. I figured out the mechanics in about 10 minutes. If you know the basics of crochet, Tunisian Crochet isn’t that far off. The difference is you work the piece from right to left and DON’T turn the work.

I chose to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which to an inexperienced eye looks just like knitting. You can notice a slight difference in the back of the swatch. The look and weight of the garment is slightly thicker than knitting.

I ended up really liking the final look of the stitch. However, in order to make anything larger than a swatch I will need to invest in an Afghan hook (super long crochet hook). I don’t know if there will be much Tunisian Crochet in my future, but it was fun to try it out.

Have you tried Tunisian Crochet? What did you think about it?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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Flower Power

Headbands are a great spring transition accessory. They keep your ears warm on those nippy days and are a fashionable way to hide a bad hair day 😉. Headbands make for great stashbusters as they use around 30-40 grams of yarn.They also are great gifts for kids, teens, and co-workers. 

Flowers are a easy way to adore a basic knitted band. I generally crochet them, but I also like to experiment with I-cords. Here are some of my original headbands listed in my Etsy shop.

Are you a headband fan?

Until Next Time,

-Whit- 

Hooked On You

229e3f58d0e4965aeb5f7d397e0ce85cCrochet has really been holding my interest lately. There is something about the predictable rhythm on looping and hooking that has really got me well…hooked.😊 This past weekend was free admission at the Asian Art Museum. Since it was raining like crazy, it was the perfect afternoon activity. The museum was holding a celebration for its 50th Anniversary. We saw some live music, beautiful pieces of art, and best of all there were crafting stations! 

 Since I was with my fiance and future in-laws I resisted the urge to spend all my time making crafts. However, when we got to the Japanese section and there was a pile of fabric and crochet hooks, I couldn’t resist. 

After I trim the ends I think this would make a great wrap headband. 

I also got 10 more rows done on Poppy’s Afghan.  

I ran out of cream colored yarn so I am transitioning the the stripe pattern to grey and maroon. I am not sure how I feel about the texture/ color scheme. I can’t quite put my finger on what is looking off. I think this WIP is going to go into hibernation for a little bit until I can form a better crochet plan. 

   

Sock, Sock…Blanket!

Fiber has been flying in the House of Whit. I have 1.5 Anastasia Socks completed. Why only 1.5 you may ask? I ran out of yarn…#rookiemistake. This really annoys me. I recently made a pair of socks with the same yarn and gauge and had more than enough left over.

Guess I will need to buy another skein only to use ~ 1/4 of it.😒 I guess there are bigger problems in the world.

In the mean time, I started another pair socks. I am using up the scraps of my Valley Yarn Huntington in Sea Gull and Bluestone. The toes, heels, and cuffs will  be accented in the Bluestone.
 Last, but not least, I am plugging away at my crochet blanket. I have decided it will be a gift for my grandfather’s birthday.

One in hibernation, one on the needles, and one on the hook. Not a bad line up for the week.

What are you making this Wednesday?

High Fiber Diet

I love knitting, but I occasionally fancy other fiber-based crafts. This week, I began spinning some of the roving I bought last weekend. Spinning has become more enjoyable now that I have practiced a bunch. With that being said, I am still not spectacular. I am having trouble with keeping the spin in the fiber consistent. Some parts are tight and uniform and others are fat and fluffy😟.

I am off to a not so shabby start, but there is certainly room for improvement.

I also began a crochet blanket to try and use up some of my old acrylic yarn. I am on a quest to be rid of 50% of my undesired yarn by July. It is just taking up too much space for no reason.

Hopefully, I can reach my goal. Here is to finding my old yarn a new home.

Christmas Crafts: Part 2

So this weekend I had all of these plans. I was going to make a bunch of Christmas crafts, finish some knitting projects, and whip up some cookies. Well the only thing I finished was making these cute little cork caroler ornaments. It’s a good thing I did as my little tree was looking a little sad. I only had two ornaments and a tree topper.

Well what do you need to replicate the cork carolers? A crochet hook, scrap yarn, a Sharpie, and some corks ( I used champange corks).

First, I crocheted some little hats. I basically trial and errored this. I made a chain of about 15 stitches and measured it around the larger part of the cork. Once it looked like it fit, I crocheted in the round for a few rows. Then I began decreasing to get a stocking cap look.


After the hats I began the scarves. I used the same format as the hats, but I didn’t decrease any of the stitches. The white scarf was created with 3 double chain stitches in back and forth rows till the piece was about 5 inches. After dressing my carolers, I drew on their faces.

Aren’t they cute? I need to add some floral wire or some cord to suspend them from the branches of my Christmas tree. I think floral wire will be best as I can anchor the ends into the cork. This was a great weekend craft as it was a great way to use materials that the average crafter probably has lying around. Enjoy!