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Tunisian Crochet Stitches

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Tunisian crochet bridges the gap between crochet and knitting. You should test it out with this list of tunisian crochet stitches we've put together. #TunisianCrochet #TunisianCrochetStitches #CrochetForBeginners

I often see the argument of crochet vs. knit. People have very strong opinions on which craft they’re loyal to. But what if you didn’t have to choose? Tunisian crochet is a great skill for knitters and crocheters alike.

It’s often seen as a crossover between crochet and knitting, making it easy to learn for both parties. If you’re a knitter who wants to learn crochet for beginners,the tunisian technique is perfect for you. And vice versa if you want to learn to knit.

The crochet needles used in tunisian crochet are very similar to knitting needles. Tunisian crochet actually requires a specific tunisian crochet hook that is longer than a regular hook. It looks like a knitting needle with a hook at the end instead of a point.

If you’re looking to practice Tunisian crochet, a good set of hooks is necessary. This set of Bamboo Tunisian hooks are incredible and interchangeable – check it out here. Bamboo has a tighter grip on yarn so you won’t drop your stitches and these hooks are lightweight, making them great for crochet.

I think tunisian crochet is a skill everyone should learn. That’s why I’ve put together a list of all the tunisian crochet stitches you should test out.  With a good set of hooks and all these tutorials, you’ll master the technique in no time.

These are the basic crochet stitches you’ll need to work on tunisian crochet patterns. It’s all easy enough with a bit of determination and patience. See for yourself…

Tunisian Simple Stitch

Working on crochet stitch patterns in tunisian crochet can be daunting. By starting with the tunisian simple stitch (also known as the afghan stitch), you can focus on mastering the crochet basics. It’s called simple for a reason. This article will walk you through your crochet cast on, and forming your stitches into a squishy thick fabric.

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Tunisian Knit Stitch

This is called the tunisian knit stitch because the fabric created looks like the knit stockinette stitch. This tutorial even has crochet instructions on how to hold a tunisian hook. Just in case you’ve never done it before. Knowing how to hold your tunisian crochet hook properly will help you succeed in the long run.

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Tunisian Purl Stitch

This stitch rounds out the basic crochet stitches you need to learn in tunisian crochet. Similar to knitting this stitch forms little purled bumps on the surface of the fabric. It’s definitely a stitch that blurs the line between crochet vs. knit.

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Tunisian Full Stitch

This is also known as the afghan stitch. It’s a slight variation on the tunisian simple stitch. You work between the vertical bars instead of behind them.  A lot of tunisian crochet stitches overlap in techniques. This is one of the many to do so.

Via Linda Dean

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Tunisian Woven Stitch

This stitch is actually a combination of two types of crochet stitches on this list. An alternating row of the tunisian knit stitch and the full stitch. I would learn how to tunisian crochet those stitches first before trying this one. Luckily this tutorial has a crochet stitch chart if you’re anxious to get started.

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Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

The honeycomb stitch is gorgeous and full of texture. It looks like a hive of honeycombs made from soft yarn. It’s also great if you’re looking for easy things to crochet. This stitch is deceptively simple compared to how it looks.

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Tunisian Smock Stitch

This tutorial is great if you’re learning how to tunisian crochet. Many people want to learn tunisian crochet stitch patterns. Especially the smock stitch. Luckily you have this easy and detailed tutorial taught by talented TL Yarn Crafts.

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Tunisian Crochet Gobelin Stitch

This crochet stitch tutorial comes from this crochet scarf pattern. It’s smooth and elegant. It’s one of the most polished stitches out of the types of crochet stitches on this list.

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Tunisian Reverse Stitch

This stitch looks similar to the purl stitch you learned earlier. It’s common in a lot of tunisian crochet patterns. As long as you stick to your crochet basics, you’ll use this stitch.

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Tunisian Ocean Stitch

If you’re looking for unique crochet stitches, this one is really special. The stitch is textural and has been described as a series of shells or undulating waves. I would definitely add this to my list of things to crochet. It is one of a kind.

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Twisted Tunisian Simple Stitch

Unique crochet stitches like this can be intimidating. Luckily there’s clear crochet instructions and a video tutorial on how to make this stitch. Just take a deep breath and remember it’s only a variation of the easy peasy simple stitch. You’ll get it in no time.

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Tunisian crochet is an art and bridges the gap between crochet and knitting. I feel lucky to know this amazing skill and I hope you’ll take time to learn it too. There are so many amazing tunisian crochet patterns out there. And with this list of tutorials you can conquer them one by one.

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Crochet vs Knitting

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Crochet vs Knitting - How do you know which craft is best for you? How do you decide if you learn to crochet or learn to knit? This post is here to help you figure out which to start with. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Crochet vs. Knitting

When getting into needlework, there are so many options to choose from. Two of the most popular options (and the two that cause the most indecision) are crochet and knitting. How do you know which craft is best for you? How do you decide if you learn to crochet or learn to knit?

This post is here to help you figure out which to start with. I’ll talk about the differences in crochet vs. knit, and share their similarities and benefits. I’ll even talk to you about what you need to get started and share some of my favorite simple patterns, crochet and knitting patterns included. By the end of it, you’ll be ready to learn how to crochet or learn knitting for beginners.

Benefits and Similarities
Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits.

To start, crocheting and knitting are relatively inexpensive hobbies as a beginner. You can find loads of easy knitting patterns online. Same for crochet patterns. Then all you need to start is a set of needles for casting on knitting. And for crochet for beginners, you need a crochet hook. Grab a pair of scissors and some simple yarn, and you’re set. This makes it an easy hobby to enjoy for all ages.

Another benefit is how relaxing many find the two crafts. Relaxation can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. That’s what makes beginner crochet and knitting an excellent treatment for anxiety and panic attacks. It’s also great brain stimulation which helps us as we grow older. When you learn how to knit or learn how to crochet, it requires hand eye coordination and some math skills. So, you can see how beneficial this is for our brains.

Once you learn how to read one type of pattern, you can usually pick up how to read the other easily. This is because many of the abbreviations and pattern formats are similar. You can also make the same types of projects, whether knitted or crocheted. If you invest your time in learning how to crochet for beginners, you’ll probably have an easier time learning how to knit for beginners later on. And vice versa.

The most important similarity between the two, is that they both require patience and determination. You have to be gentle with yourself when learning and be prepared to make mistakes. You also have to dedicate time to working on your projects in order to complete them. It can be a lot of work, but the finished projects for crochet and knit alike, are worth it.

While these similarities bind the two crafts, there are also important differences that will determine which craft is right for you.

Determining Which One is For You: Crochet vs. Knit

A side by side comparison between knit and crochet. Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

There are several key differences between crochet and knitting. And these differences are what will make one a better fit for you over the other. To start, the above stitch pictures show how different crochet stitches look from knit stitches. Knit stitches look like little V’s or straight lines. While basic crochet stitches like single crochet, have a knotted look.  

I first learned knitting when I was in college. It was easy to pick up, and I loved how logical it was. But one thing I struggled with was how much time the projects took. You see, knit stitches are smaller than crochet, so knit projects work up slower. When I crocheted for the first time, one of the things I preferred was how much faster I could complete projects.

If you asked me which one is my favorite, knitting vs crochet, I couldn’t tell you. There are pros and cons to each craft.  You might decide you love both for different reasons (and you probably will). But I’m hoping that by sharing these differences with you, you can better choose the one you will enjoy the most. At the end of the day though, it comes down to personal preference.

Choose Crochet if…

  • You like projects that have bigger stitches and work up faster
  • You’re afraid of making a mistake and want an easy fix
  • You like being more creative and loose with your patterns
  • You like holding your work and yarn in one hand, and your hook in the other
  • You like having one set of tools that works for every project
  • You like to save money on equipment

Choose Knitting if…

  • You like logic and straightforward directions
  • You want to make mostly garments and fashion projects
  • You have patience for longer, relaxing projects
  • You have dexterity and like working with both hands at once
  • You like having an assortment of tools for different projects
  • You like using slightly less yarn

What You’ll Need to Get Started Crocheting or Knitting

For crochet, you’ll need a crochet hook (I recommend size H for beginners), some simple worsted weight yarn, and a pair of scissors. You’ll also need a crochet stitch guide if you’re starting out and an easy pattern.  

Crochet tools Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

For knitting, you’ll need a pair of knitting needles (size 11 for beginners, straight or circular depending on your pattern), some simple worsted weight yarn and scissors. All knitting uses knit stitches and purl stitches. So once you master those, you’re set until you need to learn how to cast off at the end. But you can worry about that when you get there!

Knitting Tools Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

If you’re still having trouble deciding between the two, you could try learning tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet is seen as a blend of both knitting and crochet. It creates a thick squishy fabric, and could help you learn knitting and crochet down the line. For this technique, you’ll need yarn, scissors and a tunisian hook, along with some stitch markers.

Tunsian crochet tools. Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Projects and Getting Started

Now that you’ve got all the pros and cons, you can make an informed decision about which method is right for you. Below are a series of crochet and knit patterns for beginners. Pick your favorite and start learning a new skill today. Both methods are equally tranquil and fun. You can’t go wrong.

To learn how to read patterns and abbreviations, check out this post.

Crochet Patterns

Reusable Face Scrubbies

Reusable Face Scrubbies - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Elizabeth Stitch Boot Cuffs

Elizabeth Stitch Crochet Boot Cuffs - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Washcloth Set

Crochet Washcloth Set - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Cozy Fall Headband

Cozy Fall Crochet Headband - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Easy Peasy Messy Bun Hat

Messy Bun Crochet Hat - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Easy Infinity Scarf

Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Knit Patterns

Chunky Knit Pillow

Chunky Knit Pillow - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Tegan Baby Hat with Top Knot

Tegan Baby Knit Hat with Top Knot - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Basic Knit Hat

Basic Knit Hat - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Knit Coffee Cozy

Knit Coffee Cozy - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet

Newbie Headband

Newbie Knit Headband - Crochet and knitting are crafts that use knitting yarn and stitchwork to create garments and other projects. And both methods have loads of benefits. #crochet #knitting #knittingvscrochet
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Crochet iPhone Case – Quick and Easy Pattern

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Quick and easy iPhone case.

Quick and easy iPhone case.

Crochet iPhone Case – Lately I’ve been feeling a burning desire to start crocheting again (I think it was around Christmas the last time I picked up a hook).  At this time of year it’s not like we need scarves, cowls or beanies so I wasn’t sure what I should make but then I saw some really cute iPhone cases on Pinterest and thought that would be a great project to get me back in the crocheting game again. I looked at a few patterns and in the end, just sort of came up with my own design.  It’s ridiculously easy and quick – it took me about an hour and I’m a pretty slow crocheter. Even beginners can handle this fun project.

Materials:

  • Thick yarn (I used Bernat Roving) in 1 or 2 colors
  • Crochet hook 1 size smaller than recommended on yarn packaging (I used 5.5mm or US 9)
  • Button of your choice
  • Thread
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Your phone (to make sure the fit is what you want)

This case will have a more structured feel and appearance if you keep the tension on this firm and tight and consistent throughout the project.

sl st = slip stitch

sc = single crochet

ch = chain

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

Keep in mind I’m a novice pattern maker so I hope this all makes sense.

Instructions:

  1. Make a slip knot and then chain 6 to 8 chain stitches (ch) together. Remember to keep the tension pretty tight.  Basically you want to have the chain be the same width of your phone when the chain is stretched firmly.  If you want the case to have a snug fit, (ch) 6 but if you want it a little more loose and roomy then (ch) 7 or 8 stitches. 
  2. Round 2. Not turning your work, (sc) in the second chain from the end (the same end your hook is) and continue this in every stitch back across the entire row. 2 (sc) in the last stitch.
  3. Round 3. With your work still facing you, turn around the corner so that you’re now working into your original chain and still working right to left, 2 (sc) in first stitch then (sc) the rest of the stitches in the row except 2(sc) in the last stitch. Repeat this for as many rows you need until you have you have achieved the correct width to fit the bottom of you phone (probably about 3-5 rows total depending on how snug or roomy you want your cover).  Keep your phone handy to test and make sure the fit is good.
  4. Round 4, 5 or 6 onward. 1 (sc) in each stitch for each row until you’re near the top of your phone.
  5. Second last row. Here you can either keep your yarn colour the same or add your second colour. Starting at one side of the case, do one more row of (sc) and then at the end of that row change to 1 (sl st) in each stitch.  When you reach the exact middle of your case, (ch) 30 stitches so that you have a long chain and then do 1 (sl st) in the stitch that your chain originated in so that the chain becomes a loop that will go over the button.  Then carry on around the rest of the row until you’re back where you started. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends with your darning needle.
  6. Put your phone in the case and pull the chained loop over.  Mark where the end of your loop falls, centered on the case, and then stitch your button on in that exact spot.

You could use this pattern for any phone or tablet, just increase a number of stitches at the beginning to accommodate for the extra width. These would make great gifts too.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

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