This week for our Weekly Wednesday Review we are taking a look at a new book by Michelle Robinson. Michelle has created this beautiful Tunisian Crochet Workshop book which would make anyone want to try out the craft.
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What is Tunisian Crochet:
Tunisian crochet has been around for some time but has often been overlooked as the poor cousin to crochet or knitting. Recently we have seen more and more patterns coming out in Tunisian Crochet and designers are bringing it into the modern age.
Tunisian crochet is often thought of as a combination of knitting and crochet. Producing a unique fabric that brings a look that resembles knitting with the hook motion of crochet. Tunisian crochet is a type of crochet that holds multiple loops on the hook in a style similar to what is done in knitting. It differs from knitting in that it uses a crochet hook, not knitting needles. Tunisian crochet is also commonly known as Afghan Crochet since it was most commonly used to make blankets, although this is not the case anymore.
The tools that you use to work Tunisian crochet are different than what you use in knitting or crochet. You will need to get a Tunisian hook which is long like a knitting needle (and sometimes uses a cord) but has a hook on the end which looks like your traditional crochet hook. Just like knitting needles and crochet hooks these come in many different materials. All of this is discussed inside the book.
About the book:
Michelle has really set up this book to be used by everyone. She breaks things down so that the absolute beginner has a chance of working these beautiful projects. The book is set up that as you work through it, front to back, you will build on your skills and knowledge. When they chose the title of workshop they weren’t kidding. A full class is packed into this book.
All of the projects have been designed to include a broad range of the stitches and techniques shown within the book. This book not only teaches you about Tunisian Crochet and how to complete the stitches but it gives you projects to test your skills and make beautiful finished pieces in the process.
I have a feeling that after you browse through this post and see what is inside the book you will be asking for this book, some Tunisian hooks and yarn to get started!
Starting from the ground up:
Michelle really did a great job of thinking about the beginner in this book. Like I mentioned before this truly is a workshop to teach you all that you need to know about Tunisian Crochet. Starting with the equipment you need, to basic stitches and techniques, to some more detailed stitch patterns and projects.
If you are not a beginner this book can still be a great resource for you. It has everything that you might need all in one location for quick reference when you want to learn a new stitch or just need a refresher for the next project.
What you need to know:
Once again Michelle thought of everything you need to be successful in your first project. She is sure to talk about gauge, working with color, tools needed, how to hold the hook, the anatomy of the stitches, and most importantly how to reach charts.
If you are a chart lover like me it might take a minute to get used to reading a Tunisian chart. They are different from what you have seen in other crochet patterns. Don’t worry they aren’t hard to use, just need to be though of in a slightly different way.
Within the book you will also find photo tutorials on the basic stitches of Tunisian crochet. I really don’t think that she left anything out! Best of all each of the techniques that she includes, like increasing and decreasing, are accompanied by a beautiful pattern.
Tunisian Crochet projects:
Inside the book you will find the following patterns.
- Tassel Pouch
- Entrelac Bag
- Ribbed Cowl
- Simple Scarf
- Herringbone Cushion
- Cherry Poyholder
- Geometric Wall Hanging
- Chevron Cushion
- Pineapple Pincushion
- Ombre Rug
- Honeycomb Pouffe
- Sampler Blanket
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Purchase your copy:
Would I purchase this book, YES! Without a doubt I would pick up a copy of this book. If you are looking to learn about Tunisian Crochet, or to have a great reference about the craft, this would be a great purchase.
Content and photography in this book are top notch! My learning style is to understand why I am doing something, not to just be told to do it. In this book she goes over each step to make sure you understand the background of what you are doing before you do it. If you don’t like all that extra information, don’t worry, you can just skip over those sections.
The only thing that I don’t like about it, which is a complaint I have about most project books particularly reference books, is that it isn’t spiral bound. Spiral bound books allow you to lay them flat while you are working on them.