Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tri: Double-Ended Tunisian Crochet

by Yuliya Tkacheva
MsWeaver

I am itching to tell you about my new design!

Tri is a three-stripe cowl worked with three skeins of three gorgeous colours from the Malabrigo Worsted palette. I wanted to be this Autumn’s “besty” and picked the colours to match the yellow leaves (Frank Ochre), the clear blue sky (Jewel Blue) and the hazy blue morning fog (Polar Morn). This eye-catching combination will liven any of my outfits, while keeping me in harmony with the natural colours around.


I wanted to be able to wear it loose around the neck or with an extra wrap to keep my throat warm. With size K 10½/6.5mm hook the resultant fabric is quite dense, but so cosy! It is also quite tight on my neck, just the way I like it.


Working with a double-ended crochet hook is a lot of fun and opens up so many possibilities for colour creativity! The forward pass is worked with one strand of yarn and one end of the crochet hook, and the return pass is worked with a different strand and the opposite end of the hook. You can stick with the same colour for both the forward and the return pass or opt for two contrasting colours, or even a gradient of contrast colours to create a one of a kind accessory for this autumn.

This design is a great illustration of a certain peculiarity of Tunisian crochet: the row/round is not defined until you have worked into it in the following row/round. This is a very important thing to keep in mind when changing colours to preserve the stitch pattern integrity, since you actually change the colour before you change the stitch. If it doesn't make sense right now, it will after you work the pattern, since the design takes this peculiarity into account.


The pattern is now live on Ravelry and will soon be added to my Etsy and Love Crochet shops. As always, there is a special money-off coupon for the Cup of Stitches insiders on Ravelry.

Hope you have fun with this pattern!

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