Today I get to take my very first crochet class. I have never taken a crochet class before,. I have learned everything except chain stitch and single crochet on my own. So, this is going to be exciting for me.
I will be heading to my new BFF local yarn shop, The Local Needle at 9:00am. Why is it my BFF yarn shop? I’ll tell you.
- They have several crochet projects hanging around the shop.
- They have several crochet pattern books.
- They have someone there who will teach a crocheting class just for the sake of crochet, and not for “you’ll need to learn crochet, to place trims on your knitting.”
- They don’t mind if you crochet at their knitting night. Some shops won’t allow me to crochet during their knitting nights and they don’t have crocheting nights. This is a biggie for me.
- And the number one reason is: The owner, Joan, is awesome to work with. She is easy to talk to. She gives good advice. Her mail order side of the business is superb! And she doesn’t say anything about my endless dribble in emails. 😀
Back to the purpose of this post. I will be learning to make a Tunisian Shawl. I don’t have a picture of it or a pattern page. This is a personal pattern of the teacher. Anyhoo, part of the requirements for taking this class was that I needed to know the basic Tunisian Crochet stitch. So…. I have been practicing.
Here is my very first project in Tunisian. It is a washcloth. The center is off, because well, I messed up. It still works well at washing dishes. 🙂
I had to watch this YouTube clip to start the process of Tunisian. Once I could see where to put the hook, I didn’t have any problems.
I was thinking that the simple stitch, used to make the washcloth, was not enough for me to know. So I got out my very old The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery book, dated 1979 and looked up new stitches. I used a very ugly orange colored yarn, to practice my stitching.
This first picture is of the test swatch curling. Tunisian projects like to curl…a lot. If this was an actual project, I’d have to block it well.
This next picture is of the whole test piece. The first section, down at the bottom is the basic Tunisian stitch, aka Afghan Stitch. The next section up, is the Knitted Stitch. It uses up a lot of yarn, but looks just like knitting on the front side. Hmmm, I wonder if I can do that at the knitting nights.
After the knitted stitch, I did a few rows of the simple stitch again. Then I tried the Cluster Stitch. I didn’t have enough stitches on the hook to begin with, so the right side is off. Don’t ask me what I did, because I don’t know. 😀 Just look at the lovely cluster stitches on the left side.
Once I was done with the clusters I went back to the simple stitch and then to the Crossed Tunisian Stitch. You can’t see the difference, but there is some. I know I didn’t do something right with that section. I’ll have to practice more.
Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll be posting about my Tunisian Shawl another day, when I have some of it done. 🙂