Returning to Tunisian Crochet

So, hey, I’m not dead.  But outside adventures aren’t something I think to write down here, so it’s taken until this chilly, pouring-down-rain weekend for me to post again.  Hum.

Anyway, it’s been a marvelous week for crocheting.  I’ve been mostly knitting for the past four years, except to teach beginner crochet at library events.  I’m tired of knitting.  I’m tired of teaching people slip knots (the necessary first step of crocheting).  But Tunisian crochet–ahhhhh, yes, Tunisian crochet is a thing I am not tired of.

I’m particularly not tired of it because it occurred to me that I could do a knit cast on for it, which is much easier than working into a long chain and hoping I manage not to twist it.  So there are benefits to returning to crochet after some years of knitting!  (It’s also occurred to me that I could use Tunisian crochet to bind off a knitting project at the end.  Given how awful my last bind off was, this revelation could prove very useful when/if I return to knitting.)

I’ve been working my way through the stitches in this Tunisian Sampler Scarf.  I’ve also been trying out cabling in Tunisian crochet, per this post.  My cables were disappointing, though.  Maybe if I did them in cotton they’d really stand out, but in the very soft acrylic I sacrificed to playing around, they were mushy and hard to see.  (No photos because it’s dark right now and I’m lazy.)

In the end, I decided that I really like the Tunisian simple stitch, so I started using actual wool and I was going to stick with just the simple stitch, but then I did that whole thing where I was like, “But hey, I could combine this with a slanted fabric stitch!”  So here’s the first few rows of that:

Three rows of Tunisian simple stitch followed by one row of Tunisian slanted fabric stitch.

And that was fine, and all.  Cooler than just simple stitch, because there’s that nice little twist every few rows.  But then I was like, “Hey… I could shift the twist from the slanted fabric stitch over so it connects neighboring columns, every few rows.  That would be cool.”  So here’s that:

A fancier combination of simple stitch and slanted fabric stitch, where I shift the slanted fabric stitch over every few rows for a nifty, interlocking effect.

And yes, that motif is old hat.  Everyone and their brother cables in that pattern.  But I’ve never done it Tunisian crochet, before, that I remember.  I quite like it.  It’s easier to see than the columns-with-a-twist, for some reason.  Must be psychological, because it’s not like there’s any extra stitch definition or anything.  Still–cool.  So that’s the stitch pattern I’m using for this project, because why not?

I want to work up to making this.  Just look at it.  Look at all those perfect, lovely, crisp stitches, combined so that they make each other look superb.

When would I wear this shawl, you ask?  Yeah, well… you know… ummm… I’d find a time, ok?  Maybe it could just live in my office or something.  My office is always cold.

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