Finding Free Patterns - Tunisian Crochet

A BUN IN THE MOUTH by Iamablever  A blue, crocheted face on a stool cover with a hamburger bun placed in the mouth
A BUN IN THE MOUTH by Iamablever A blue, crocheted face on a stool cover with a hamburger bun placed in the mouth | Source

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet, also known as Afghan stitch or Shepherd’s Knitting, is an ancient needlecraft. The French first called it Tunisian Crochet but there is no evidence of any specific Tunisian connection. Its origins are lost in the mists of time. Its modern incarnation occurred in Victorian times, when it became popular but faded into obscurity in the early twentieth century only reappearing from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, when fashion called it forth from the shadows.

There is evidence of a resurgence of Tunisian Crochet in the late 1960's through to the mid to late 1980's. After that, Tunisian Crochet has made steady progress towards achieving the same popularity as knitting and classic crochet. One factor holding Tunisian Crochet back is the trepidation of publishers to buy more complex project patterns that use Tunisian Crochet; that is slowly changing as crocheters discover its adaptability and versatility. Tunisian Crochet has features associated with both knitting and crochet, but is also different to both.

Tunisian Crochet Hooks and Tutorials

Tunisian or Afghan hooks are a little different to normal crochet hooks, long like a knitting needle with a knob on one end and a hook on the other. Tunisian hooks range from the standard metal or plastic to the specialist wood and bamboo. The internet provides many tutorials for those wanting to explore the Tunisian or Afghan technique.

Tunisian Crochet Patterns and Crochet Directory Sites

There are many free Tunisian crochet patterns available on the internet. Crochet pattern directory sites save crocheters time by displaying links to free patterns in one place. Crochet Pattern Central (CPC) is an easily navigable directory site. Links to free patterns at CPC show the diversity of Tunisian crochet, there is everything from shawls to Afghans, bags and hats. The beautiful Peacock Afghan would make a stunning centrepiece for any bedroom. The one skein Tunisian Scarf would make an ideal beginners project, as would the Tunisian dishcloth. The Tunisian Rib stitch cardigan is an ideal man’s sweater, but would also suit women. The beautiful Tunisian pillows would grace any sofa. The chainmail cowl would be warm and cozy on cold winter days.

Look On Blogs For Tunisian Crochet Patterns

Tunisian crochet inspires many crocheters and designers, who offer free patterns on their websites. Panda Jewel’s blog has the Snuggly Mitts Tunisian crochet pattern, useful fingerless mittens for anyone’s winter wardrobe and plain enough for men too. Knit Denise has several tutorials for different Tunisian stitches and links to free patterns. Stitch Diva also has tutorials for Tunisian stitches. Crochet spot has two neck warmer patterns. The textured Apple dishcloth at Hooked on Needles would make an excellent gift.

Tunisian Crochet Patterns At Crochet Communities

Ravelry’s huge selection of patterns amply illustrates Tunisian crochet’s versatility. The Rainbow Tunisian jacket is surely a style statement. The Tunisian Mario cushion would brighten any computer games addict’s bedroom. The Tunisian Bricks Afghan would be a great scrap yarn project. Some imaginative charts give scope for picture Afghans, pillows and sweaters. The stained glass orchid purse makes an unusual accessory, but the orchid could be adapted for other crochet projects. Look out for the extra-ordinary Broadway Panel Afghan and the charming Embellished Flower Motif Shawl. Ravelry has scarves, hats, jackets, dishcloths, wall hangings, Afghans, belts and so much more. Ravelry also features tutorials in various Tunisian stitches.

The Beginning Of An Amazing Journey

Crocheters can do some exciting and interesting things with Tunisian crochet. Its diversity and versatility is truly amazing. There are some truly innovative and imaginative free Tunisian crochet patterns, which will inspire you on your crochet journey.

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Mercia Collins 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Penelope Jean

have you tried searching for it on the web? The other thing to do is to ask in one of the big crochet community forums, Crochetville might be a good one!!

Penelope Jean 4 years ago

I am looking for an afghan stitch pattern from an old Time-Life creative series book. It is a popcorn and leaf pattern that is made in long strips and the stitched together. I started it 30 years ago , lost the pattern and want to finish it PLEASE HELP!

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Mercia Collins 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

In the USA, it is called Afghan stitch. Thank-you team Leader

Team Leader 4 years ago

Hello Mercia, I have never heard of Tunisian Crochetbefore and was glad I foud you on the HubHopper. Thansk 'Your Team Leader'

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Mercia Collins 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank-you MWilliams, It is a great technique, I discovered it some years ago.

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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

I found your article to be very interesting and well written. I had heard of Tunisian crochet, but didn't know much about it. I plan to read up on it further. Thank you for sharing.

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