This is my first attempt at Tunisian crochet. I’d always assumed it was quite tedious but after seeing someone demo it at the Toronto Creativ Festival this past fall I decided to give it a go. Turns out it’s surprisingly easy and there’s such a beautiful array of stitch patterns you can do, I mean how interesting is even this basic stitch! I just wish I could find more Tunisian crochet patterns online.
A lady at The BagSmith‘s booth actually taught me on the spot just to prove how easy it was (good sales women right there) and I referenced this Crocheting the Day Away tutorial when I got home. Since you work the rows back and forth (collecting stitches as you work left and dropping them as you work right) rather than turning your work at the end of each row, it ends up being denser than normal crochet. I thought this would make it ideal for a winter cowl because it holds its shape better.
I wanted to make something neutral but with an interesting texture, so I crocheted this double strand with an off white and sand wool. I stuck to the basic Tunisian stitch because I love the texture the honeycomb pattern gives.
Working double strand, cast on 39 stitches (15 inches)
Work in basic stitch until you run out of wool (And you realize you’ve accidentally made a face warmer instead of a cowl)
Finished Size: 22 inches around by 15 inches tall(see picture below for scale)
I completely guessed for the pattern (clearly), which resulted in casting on too many stitches and running out of wool before it was as long as I’d like. For that reason I’d say don’t repeat my pattern, I just want to disclose what I did so you have some frame of reference if you ever try something like this yourself.
I would ideally like it to be looser fitting and a little less tall (I don’t think I need to be able to pull it over my eyeballs). However although the proportions look awkward whens it’s lying flat or worn without a coat (see below), it actually fits really well under a jacket and stays up around your nose easily.
In short this didn’t turn out as stylish as I’d intended, but it’s served as a fantastic neck/face warmer for the Canadian cold.
Tip: This alpaca blend is incredibly soft but sheds more easily than pure merino wool, e.g. when I pull it over my head little wool fibers get caught in my eyelashes. Not a huge deal, but something I’m going to consider when choosing wool blends for upcoming projects.