Double Crochet & Tunisian Crochet
I love tunisian crochet and I’ve wanted to learn tunisian crochet in the round, but I never sat down to puzzle it out. I almost bought some wooden double ended crochet hooks, but several reviews of them stated they broke when doing anything larger than a scarf. I really don’t want to deal with new tools breaking so I put off my purchase. Then my Winter 2010 Interweave Crochet magazine showed up very late. It showed up two days before the Spring 2011 copy. And what did I find in the Winter 2010 edition? A sweater that incorporated some tunisian in the round. What luck! There is a page in the magazine that explains how it is done.
I have my Denise Interchangeable crochet hooks, but I never bought extra hooks so I could have the same size on both ends. But all of a sudden that didn’t seem to matter. I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I figured if I just made a small bag then having two sizes of hook wouldn’t matter. After all, I wouldn’t really have a gauge to follow.
I dug through my stash and found some fun cotton/silk skeins. I bought these skeins in a sale bin when I went exploring some yarn stores with my mother and sister. I purchased them with the intention of having fun and playing. I love trying new things with crochet, and I haven’t done that in so long. So with the perfect blue and yellow skeins, I sat down and worked out tunisian in the round.
I started out believing I would make a drawstring bag. I made a double crochet circular base and planned to make the side of the bag in the new tunisian technique with my lopsided double ended crochet hooks. I’m still not sure what happened. Once I finished the base circle, I began the tunisian stitch and I did not do any increases, but somehow the sides of the bag were not forming. What I ended up with was a very large tunisian plate! It looked like it would make an interesting placemat, but I decided to frog it and start again.
Tunisian in the Round Bag
My second attempt, I thought I should just stick to the new technique and add a base at a later time. This worked out. Now I was making a proper “tube,” which would be the sides of my bag. I toyed with the idea of a circular base and a drawstring for the top, but in the end, I decided to make the bag a little flatter.
Tunisian Simple Stitch Base
The base is an odd rectangle that I somehow managed to make using tunisian simple stitch. I’m not sure I could duplicate the way I did that, and I’m not sure I would care too. I stitched it to the base rather than sewing it on afterward, and that proved a little cumbersome. I almost feel like frogging the base and just stitching the bottom closed. The top is just a standard flap. I bound off half the stitches and then switched to standard flat tunisian simple stitch to form the flap. The half of the stitches I bound off seem to curl a bit. I should probably go back and add a crab stitch along those stitches to tame the curl a bit.
Bag Inside Out
I was going to line the bag, but I haven’t yet because I discovered I really like the bag inside out. I will most likely end up adding a lining and having the “front” be the outer part of the bag, but for now I’m still enjoying the idea of using the bag inside out. I might also add a handle and button closure later.
What do you think? Inside out or not?