My last WIP (at the moment) I have to show you is just BEAUTIFUL! Basically, sometime around Christmas I was getting near the end of all my present projects – not completely as I finished my last gift on Christmas Eve! – but I wanted to try something different, so decided to give Tunisian Crochet a try.
I saw a gorgeous shawl on the front cover of Simply Crochet Issue 25 and knew that I had to give it a go. I mean look at that shawl! Isn’t it gorgeous!
The pattern asked for 4-ply yarn and said I could use a standard crochet hook (as long as it didn’t have a wide handle) – I had both of these so I got started straight away.
The pattern used Tunisian Knit Stitch, but a quick Google found the Tunisian Simple Stitch, which looked very pretty and as it had simple in the name how hard could it be? The Crochet Crowd (a page I follow on Facebook) are great with everything Crochet and their tutorial for the Tunisian Simple Stitch on YouTube was so easy to follow. But I’m not sure if it was the cotton I was using, the standard sized hook or because using a different stitch than stated, but my tension was way off and it wasn’t looking how I wanted it to at all. I wasn’t happy and put the project aside.
But I still loved the shawl and decided that I had to give it another go. I used a different yarn and I ordered some Tunisian Crochet hooks, so hopefully, armed with the right tools, this will work much better than attempt number one.
The yarn I’m using now is an amazing 4-ply variegated yarn that I found at Yarndale last year (disappointed that I can’t go this year, but I’ll be somewhere far better – a wedding YAY). It’s called Kunstgarn by Hjertegarn and the colour is Number 7 berries. When I bought it, I had no idea what it would become – I just knew that it was pretty! Unfortunately I only bought one ball, but hopefully the variegated aspect of the yarn will hide any obvious differences between dye lots.
I googled the correct stitch this time too – Tunisian Knit Stitch – and found loads of tutorials on YouTube. Perfect! And so, armed with the correct stitch and the correct materials, I restarted.
What a difference preparation makes, this attempt is going much better than before – the tension is better and the colours are divine. Only problem is my gauge is still waaaay off (no change there then) and so I had to work out how long the pattern repeat was and make sure there would be enough stitches for it. I think I’ve got it right. Every project brings with it a new challenge!
What challenges have you had to overcome in your crochet projects? Let me know below 🙂