The New Tunisian Crochet is out!

Rivuline Shawl by Vashti Braha

Rivuline Shawl by Vashti Braha

Shantay Skirt by Doris Chan

Shantay Skirt by Doris Chan

Terra Hat & Mitts by Lily Chin

Terra Hat & Mitts by Lily Chin

Ariadne Throw by Lisa Daehlin

Ariadne Throw by Lisa Daehlin

Marisol Cardigan by Andrea Gracierena

Marisol Cardigan by Andrea Gracierena

Mago Vest by Charles Voth

Mago Vest by Charles Voth

Najmee Rug by Dora Ohrenstein

Najmee Rug by Dora Ohrenstein

Eleanora Booties by Dora Ohrenstein

Eleanora Booties by Dora Ohrenstein

I am pleased and proud to announce the release of my fourth book: The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions, published by Interweave Press this month. It's in the stores and at Amazon right now! And yes, we are doing a giveaway!!!

This may just be the book on Tunisian Crochet you've have been waiting for. It details many techniques, from the most basic to very advanced, including lacy and textured stitches, entrelac, intarsia, cabling, and short rows. The stitch dictionary features thirty individual stitch patterns, each with complete instructions and diagrams. Not only will you find many inspirational swatches, but if you want to upgrade your skills, working through the stitches will take you through a complete course in Tunisian crochet.

In addition, there are fabulous patterns by these wonderful designers: Vashti Braha, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, Lisa Daehlin, Andrea Gracierena, Margaret Hubert, and Charles Voth, and some by me.  Let me point out why these designs are really special!

Vashti Braha has been exploring Tunisian crochet for some time now, and has pioneered various techniques for creating true Tunisian lace. Her gorgeous Rivuline Shawl deserves close study for the subtle ingenuity and innovative stitching. It shows that Tunisian fabric can be as delicate and flowing as one could possibly desire in an elegant shawl..  

Doris Chan's Shantay Skirt features her signature "exploded lace." There's always something interesting going on in Doris' designs, and in this case, rows are worked on the bias to create a curvy, figure flattering shape. Elastic thread at the waistline makes for a functional and adorable wardrobe item. 

Terra Hat and Mitts by Lily Chin is another creative technical feat! Here's Lily's take on her design:

I loved the opportunity to introduce my unique and never-before-seen technique of circular, 2-color tapestry or "jacquard" with the double-ended hook. I came up with this after the shorter 7-inch hook came out and began to experiment with stitches other than the standard Runisian simple stitch. Lo and behold, using Runisian reverse and knit stitches, I got different colors of different textures. Though I debuted this technique in the Interweave Crochet winter 2010 issue, this is the first time it's been featured in a book.

The Ariadne Throw by Lisa Daehlin is a great-looking project that's also a primer on Tunisian stitches -- there are 10 different stitches, some closed, some open, in a variety of color combos. I asked Lisa whether she thought interest in Tunisian would be lasting, and she wrote:

Tunisian (no matter what its "nom du jour") has been around for a long time and I'm sure it will continue to be around for a long time to come. Interest in certain trends come and go. Trend does apply to this a bit in that popularity and promotion clearly can increase exposure and make an impact. There is always interest, however, in certain techniques, and the presence of the internet assures that no matter how obscure or temporarily dormant a trend might be, it is around and will experience natural surges and ebbs.

What a comforting thought!

The Marisol Sweater displays designer Andrea Gracierena's skill in applying knitting techniques to Tunisian crochet. You'll find left and right leaning decreases for raglan shaping, and a beautiful contrasting stitch on the collar and cuffs.  It makes for a stunning cardigan.

Do you like color work? If so, Margaret Hubert's patchwork Sierra Bag could be right up your alley. The technique is a variation on Entrelac, and not hard to do - a really fun project! Margaret's color sense is great, and the finishing details on the bag are excellent as well.

Another knit look design is Charles Voth's Mago Vest, that rare design for men that your DH or BF might actually want to wear!  Check out the cool cables on the front and "twill weave" pattern on the back.  A very cool piece of men's fashion.

My designs include the cover piece, Lorelei Pullover, based on a historic stitch from the 1874 Encyclopedia of Needlework; Najmee Rug, using Tunisian simple stitch and based on a star shape pattern I found in the Ukrainian magazine Duplet; and Eleanora Booties, named after Eleanora Riego de la Branchadiere, and based on her design. Riego was one of the foremost publishers of needlework patterns in the Victorian era, and her method for shaping these booties is totally different from how we shape footwear today. She was a great genius and it was a thrill for me to recreate her design and see her mind at work.

Interweave has done a fine job with photos and graphics. I asked them to visually suggest the country of Tunisia, and they did, with geometric patterns and earthy colors. I think they realized that beautifully! My editors, Kim Werker for text and Karen Manthey for patterns and diagrams, made great contributions to the final product as well.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the designers and contributors to this book.    

If you'd like to win a copy, please post your answer to any one or more of these questions by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, 2/15/13:

1. What do you like about Tunisian Crochet?

2. What new Tunisian techniques do you want to learn?

3. Do you think interest in Tunisian Crochet will continue in the years ahead?

We will select a winner at random and send you the book. Good luck!

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The New Tunisian Crochet

I know that your competition to win a copy of your New Tunisan Crochet book has ended ages ago, here are my answers to your questions in appreciation of your work and sharing your experience with us.

1. What do you like about Tunisian crochet?

I like the texture of Tunisian crochet and that it works up quickly. I like that it is one long hook because I am very clumsy with 2 knitting needles but am agile with a single hook and can achieve results similar to knitting.

2. What new Tunisian techniques do you want to learn?

How to work Tunisian in the round and to experiment more with patterns and textures, including lacy patterns. Like another reader comment, I would love to start with the Ariadne Throw in your New Tunisian Crochet book.

3. Do you think the interest in Tunisian crochet will continue in the years ahead?
Yes. Like crochet and knitting, the possibilities of stitch combinations and patterns are limited to our imaginations.  I am attracted to crochet because it is so broad, there is a lifetime of learning to hold the interest.  I don't think Tunisian crochet has ever gone away in my experience.  I learned it as 'tricot' and 'afghan stitch' years ago but the patterns around me were limited to very square shapes and long narrow strips like throws etc.  and it was hard to source hooks. (I have a couple that I made for myself because I couldn't buy hooks the size I wanted). With new designs and book releases like your New Tunisian crochet, interest is bound to grow.

I am currently working on a set of Tunisian placemats of my own design, combining different colours and textures with increases and decreases to create diagonal elements. 

Tunisian Crochet

What I really like about Tunisian crochet is the ease of different patterns using this method. I fell in love the first time I took a class and made a simple purse. I found that Tunisian crochet doesn't hurt my hands (cramping) like traditional crochet does (have been crocheting for over 45 years now). The crochet group I meet with think I have made wonderful stuff and encourage me to continue looking for different patterns to make stuff with. Sharon Silverman's book was the first book bought sight unseen about Tunisian crochet and altered one of her vest patterns using a different stitch. Since then, I have done several projects using this method. I still crochet, but I love Tunisian crochet better.

Congratulations, Dora!

This looks like a lovely book, rich in patterns and information. I'm very excited to get my hands on a copy! 

THANKS EVERYONE!

Really enjoying everyone's comments.  We have picked a WINNER for the book.  If you'd like to post anyway, please do!  Dora

Tunisian crochet

I'm intimidated by Tunisian crochet since I am a beginner, but I would love to win this book and learn all of the stitches.  Thanks

The New Tunisian Crochet

Love Tunisian.  Learned from Weldons Encyclopedia of Needlework given to me as a gift from my Grandmother in the early fifties.  My latest works have been a vest (western style) for my husband who stretches anything knitted out of shape(he cannot wreck Tunisian), and a lacy shoulder wrap in mohair for my seventeen year old Granddaughter by Kim Guzman.  I am experimenting with using tunisian as a base for a tufted rag rug, similar to ones my Grandmother did with knitting as the base. I hope Crochet Australia orders some of your books in, as then I will be able to buy one.  Buying over the Internet scares me.  Tunisian Crochet will be around for a long time, especially with the innovative designers you have showcased in your book. 

I taught myself Tunisian

I taught myself Tunisian crochet many years ago but never pursued it as a hobby. I am amazed at the beautiful patterns you've pictured. I never imagined this was possible with Tunisian. I am going to have to give it a go again I can see. Lovely!

I've heard so much about

I've heard so much about Tunisian crochet and would really like to try it.

Tunsian

I have a friend who loves this and has been urging me to try it.  This looks like a great reason to learn.

The New Tunisian Crochet

RATS! I was travelling for work and missed the deadline for the book. I'll still answer the questions.

1. I like Tunisian crochet because it is like a cross between knitting and crocheting two of my favorite hobbies. I've made one lovely beaded scarf in Tunisian crochet but I really want to make more wearable items.

2. Our local crochet guild did a lesson on Tunisian crochet about a year ago. I think I have my basics down, I just need to find the perfect pattern for ME.

3. Yes, I think Tunisian crochet will be around for a long time. I have an older Afghan hook from my great aunt and some really quirky patterns from the early 70's from her collection.

I look forward to buying your book and trying out some of the patterns.

Best wishes on the success of your book.

Regards,

Barbara Ruuska (Ravelry: knotfrayed)

Quirky patterns?

Hi Barbara, I would love to learn more about those quirky patterns from the 70s!  Do you have any photos?

I'd love to own this book. 

I'd love to own this book.  I'd be interested in learning Tunisian lace.  It's beautiful!  Thanks.

Tunisian Crochet

I do enjoy Tunisian Crochet, and love that its always on the needle.  I haven't had much chance of late to much of it, but want to start soon.  As for learning new stitches and having more modern patterns would be fantastic.  I actually only know about 5 or 6 stitches.  It will get more popular with the addition of new patterns and stitches.  Always teaching what I know to family and friends, and they get hooked on it.  So, yes, it will be around for a long time. 

I want to learn the stitches

I want to learn the stitches used in the Ariadne Throw & move on from there!  Such lovely projects :)

giveaway

I love the lightness of tunisian and I believe it will be around a long time.

 

Tunisian Crochet

Yes, I think with the addition of new books and ideas there will be a growing and continual interest in Tunisian Crochet. The advantage of publishing a book is to have the record of such creative designs on hand for years to come. Public libraries often can't keep up with the newest of offerings. but eventually they get them and there is another surge of interest as a result. 

Tunisian crochet book giveaway

What do I like about Tunisian crochet?

It's intriguing and slightly mysterious and drapes differently than regular crochet.

What would I like to learn about it?

More.

Lots more, please.

Dora's New Tunisian Book

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this book.  It is a long time coming.  I look forward to owning, maybe even winning, a copy.

What do I like about Tunisian Crochet?  I love the rhythm of doing tunisian.  I love the drape when the stitches are formed using what seems like a too large hook.

What new Tunisian technique do I want to learn?  I would like to learn anything I have not yet tried with tunisian.

Do I think interest in Tunisian Crochet will continue?  Yes.  Especially with this book being made available to us all.

I have enjoyed your voice for crochet and look forward to more tidbits and techniques you give us.

 

TUNISIAN CROCHET

Hi Dora,

I think we're just seeing the beginning of a take-off in Tunisian crochet, so yes, definitely interest will grow. I am a lace fan, so interested in learning more Tunisian lace designs. Why do I like it...it looks fantastic....it's CROCHET! Congrats on the publication of your  book!

Thank you for the giveaway! I

Thank you for the giveaway! I learned Tunisian crochet many years ago. I was curious about the tecnique but then only two stitches were known. I've seen now many patterns with airy stitches that are really attractive. I think this tecnique will have more and more followers due to the hard work of many designer that adapted it and updated it.

Love these patterns!

Answers to questions:

1) Like others have said, I love the rhythm of Tunisian.  Also, I love that Tunisian has as many possibilities as normal crochet- lace, colors in graph, colorwork with double ended, cables, entrelac- it's almost its own craft!

2) I'd like to learn the colorwork technique Lily Chin used in her pattern here- I saw the sweater in Interweave Crochet and have been fascinated ever since.  I'd also like to learn cabling and practice lace work and entrelac.

3) As people have discovered all the things you can do with Tunisian, its survival seems assured- though as a branch of crochet rather than a single stitch or two.  Having more books that deal with Tunisian on its own rather than as a footnote, a stitch or two described in the back of a stitch dictionary, will only help facilitate this.  I'd say that this might lead to crocheters who only do Tunisian, but that already exists- I knew a girl who had moved from Utah and said she crocheted.  All she knew how to do was baby blankets in three colored, double ended, tunisian lace- it was the only stitch she knew, and she had no idea what I was doing with that little single ended hook.  No, I didn't learn it from her before she moved again, either- I hadn't done any double ended yet so what she was doing looked just as mysterious to me! (All I remember was that it was a simple cluster/ shell pattern.  I've since done a scarf that was similar since, you can see it in my Rav projects as "Cheshire Cat Scarf".)

 

1.) I like the look of

1.) I like the look of Tunisian Crochet. It produces very pretty textures.

2.) I want to learn short row and cabling.

3.) I do think the interest in Tunisian will continue. Also, I feel the interest in crochet itself will as well.

tunisian crochet

1. I like Tunisian crochet because is a  cross between knitting and crochet, and makes a fabric different from the basic crochet.

2 . I am willing to learn advance tunisian crochet tecniques and also the tunisian entrelac technique.

3 ,I think tunisian crochet is a great technique and will be a very popular in the future because new patterns are being developed.

Being fascinated with

Being fascinated with different crochet techniques is hard work! I love learning new tricks and I'm interested to see how these top-notch designers have added textures using different tunisian stitches.

These things seem to come in waves; last year it was hairpin lace, this year it will be tunisian as crocheters search for another new technique to add to their bow. I don't see any reason why this would stop - that's the thing with crochet, there's always something new (or old!)

Tunisian Book

I took a class on Tunisian a few months back and really loved it.  I want to learn more about the different stitches.  Please keep all these books and patterns coming!

The New Tunisian

I have just tried Tunisian Crochet this past fall and love.  The puff stitch is working up lovely and quickly.  The results are almost immediate.  I would love to learn all there is to learn about Tunisian crochet.  I believe that interest in Tunisian Crochet will only grow! 

Tunisian Crochet

I enjoy learning new techniques and Tunisian is one I learned in the past year. I like the variety of stitch patterns that are out there and plan on learning more. I believe that interest in Tunisian will continue and grow in the coming years as more people learn the technique and more patterns are made available.

Tunisian Crochet Book Contest

Hi my name is Julia and I have been following you sight for several years. I already have one of your books, but would love to have this new one.

I have been self teaching myself how to do tunisian crochet since my early teens. I love the texture and the variety of stitches that can be acheived. I am particularly interested in learning lace and color work stitches. Your book seems to have such a wide array of projects and stitches that would give my the practice I need in these areas.

I do think that tunisian crochet will be around in years to come, because of one artist and designers like you will never stop amazing us with your breath and depth of creativitiy. Also, those of us that aspire to learn and excell in the art of crochet will continue to learn, experiment and promote the art of tunisian and many other forms and styles of crochet.

I admire your work, and have already learned a great deal from your book on custom fitting ones crochet garments.

Thank you for keeping this art form alive and for continuously educating us on these "time honored art forms".

Julia Gary

Thanks!

It's great to hear that people are learning from my books, it really means a lot, so thanks for taking the trouble to say so!

First off, Yay to you on your

First off, Yay to you on your new book release!  :-)  And in answer to the giveaway questions...

1. What do you like about Tunisian Crochet?  I like the drape and the low wrist movement in the simple stitch.

2. What new Tunisian techniques do you want to learn?  I would love to learn how to do the knit stitches that it can make.  I have seen several items that used these stitches and they are lovely.  (I am not a great knitter as my fingers lock up, so I am all about learning the mimicry!)

3. Do you think interest in Tunisian Crochet will continue in the years ahead? Yes I do. fads come and go, but I think this will be around for a long times as it is so versatile and there are so many designers "taking it up a notch" and coming out with new and innovate ways to use the stitches!

Tunisian Crochet

1) What do I like about Tunisian Crochet is the way it looks. Since I started crocheting about 6 years ago I always seemed to pick out patterns that I liked and found them to be all Tunisian Crochet.

2)What new Tunisian technique whould I like to learn?  Well, all of it. I don't know how to do Tunisian crochet but this is on my list of goals for 2013.

3) I am not fashion savy so I can't say for sure, but my love for all things Crochet will never cease, so my continued interest in Tunisian Crochet will never disappear.

 

Congratulations, Dora!

I love the versatility and ease of Tunisian crochet and look forward to continued innovation from the great designers who are currently active.  I'm pretty adept but would like to be more comfortable with cabling.  I've been looking forward to the release of this book since I first heard of it and am positive that it will be a great success and will spur more crocheters (and knitters!) to give Tunisian a try.  There's no doubt that its popularity will grow.

Tuisian crochet

I would love to learn tha art of Tunisian crochet. I am moving to China next month and I would love to be able to teach my Chinese friends the art of Tunisian crochet. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your new book.

THE LONGEVITY OF TUNISIAN CROCHET

Tunisian crochet was popular with crocheters of the Victorian era, and has managed to quietly survive for over a century alongside more mainstream crochet techniques. So, I believe it will continue to exist as long as crochet is part of our culture because of its ability to create a wearable fabric and also because it can be so interesting to work with. I'm looking forward to seeing the new book.

 

tunisian crochet

I would have to say # 2 ,I  am new at Tunisian Crochet so I will want to learn all the stitches. I have been waiting for this book to come out , I have all your book. ConGrats !!!!!!!

Congratulations on the Tunisian book

Congratulations on the new Tunisian book--it sounds fascinating.  Tunisian is my new favorite as it combines the look of knitting with the durability and hand-made quality of crochet.

May not make the Lion Yarn Studio event tomorrow, but good luck with it.  I'll be scouting book and yarn stores for your book!

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I enjoy tunisan crochet and plan to use this technique for many years to come.

Tunisian crochet

I have an old afghan in not very good shape done by my Great Aunt many years ago, in Tunisian simple stitch. That technique looked very interesting but only in the last few years did I find out how it was done.  It is in the "victorian" style of a neutral color which then had a cross stitch flower pattern done on it.  I have been playing with it since.  Just finished a scarf in the Tknit stitch which does aggravate the knitters in my Fiber guild.  I like tunisian because somehow it seems to work up faster than similar projects in standard crochet.  It just got me "hooked!"  Should I win it I will be delighted, if not will buy from Amazon.

New Tunisian Crochet Book

1. I like Tunisian Crochet because of the wonderful rhythm that it creates when working the stitches on and off the hook! It's very calming!

2. I would like to learn Tunisian entrelac and cables.

3. I sure hope Tunisian Crochet will continue! It is a fantastic crochet technique that is coming into its own!

Congratulations, Dora! I can't wait to see your new book!

To answer question #3, I

To answer question #3, I believe with designs, such as in your new book, interest in Tunisian Crochet can only grow! 

Tunisian Crochet

I like tunisian crochet since it is like kniting but not, as I am a crocheter.

I would like to learn cabling and short rows and more, lots of interesting patterns.

I think Tunisian Crochet will be a around a long time.

 

tunisian crochet

I have been in love with Tunisian crochet for more than 30 years.  I love the textured woven fabric it produces - it keeps its shape, is indestructible, and is a wonderfull canvas for colour work.

Am very interested in learning lace.  I do lace knitting, and would love to learn the Tunisian crochet version

I think there is a definite future for the technique - my LYS has a constant demand for classes.

Way to go Doris!

I would just love to learn

I would just love to learn tha art of Tunisian crochet. So many things i could make for my family and chairty, to give as special gifts to friends. I love the Idea of hade made items as gifts

New book

I just received the newsletter, and wow, the new book looks gorgeous! And I really, really want one! ;-)

1. What do you like about Tunisian Crochet? I like the unexpected versatility of it, and that designers are jsut beginning to discover what it can really do.

2. What new Tunisian techniques do you want to learn? All of them!

3. Do you think interest in Tunisian Crochet will continue in the years ahead?Absolutely; with new techniques being discovered, and old ones re-discovered and applied in new ways, I think it's going to get more popular. Especially if we can convince crocheters that it's not as complicated as it looks.

Thanks for the fun newsletter, and keep 'em coming!

Korina

Tunisian crochet

I'm very interested in Tunisian crochet.  I love learning new things.  From the pictures, it looks very nice.  I especially like the rug.  Is it expensive to make?  I am a retired woman on a fixed income so i don't have a lot of money for projects.  I would really like to know how this is done.

I love Tunisian crochet for a

I love Tunisian crochet for a number of reasons but at the top of my list is texture. I also find that Tunisian is generally easier on my hands and I love not having to turn my work for a change.

I'd love to win a copy of your book but even if I don't it's on my birthday wish list.

Thanks,

Susan Parker

I like the way Tunisian

I like the way Tunisian Crochet looks different from traditional crochet. Has a tighter, solid look to it.

I have never attempted Tunisian Crochet and I would love to learn any and all techniques to build up mastery in the craft. I think it's so beautiful.

I do think that interest in Tunisian Crochet will continue in the years ahead because it's been around for a long time and seems to be resurfacing. 

Thanks for the contest!

Answers to Tunisian Crochet Questions

1) I like Tunisian because it resembles knitting.

2) I want to learn everything I can about Tunisian, especially lace.

3) I think it will continue and grow in the years to come.

Tunisian Book

I am excited to see tunisian cables in a design, as that is one technique I would like to learn.