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!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mental Vacation: Cabo Verde

by Lena Fedotova (ravliki on Ravelry)

Yesterday I published Cabo Verde, the second pattern of my Mental Vacation collection.


This eye-catching wrap is worked in Tunisian crochet entrelac, a simple and relaxing technique. It does not require any special Tunisian hook, because you don't work with more than 7 stitches at a time, and you can place all of them on your regular crochet hook. It is as enjoyable to make as The Nile, particularly since the rows become shorter and shorter towards the end (I think almost everyone loses some of their enthusiasm once the project crosses the equator, but not with this shawl! You don't get a chance to become bored!).

The construction of Cabo Verde is different from The Nile. The Nile starts from the top and is worked in horizontal rows down to the bottom edge. This shawl is worked sideways starting from a corner with a base row of triangles along one side of the shawl, which results in diagonal stripes.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mental Vacation: The Nile

by ravliki (Lena Fedotova)

It is hard not to fall in love with Tunisian crochet entrelac. Simple, addictive and spectacular! Each row is only a few stitches long and you can place all of them on a regular crochet hook. Each element is fast and easy to complete, which gives you a pleasant feeling of accomplishment, and working element after element relaxes your mind. A true Mental Vacation!

This is the name of my new collection of Tunisian crochet entrelac designs, and I have just released the first pattern.


The Nile is worked in two-row color stripes side to side with the front side always facing up. It is crocheted from the top down, and the gradually decreasing rows make the process faster and faster as you get closer to the end.