Tunisian Crochet has a symmetry problem, insofar as it has none.
You may have noticed that each row’s stitches are drawn from the last row’s stitches by pulling them out of the fabric on the side of your dominant hand. This barely matters when we’re working a large piece, or when a slight shift to the right or left can’t be noticed, but for colourwork, especially colourwork that contains decreases, it becomes pretty clear pretty fast.
My mitten designs include TSS2tog decreases towards the finger tips that help reduce the number of stitches, drawing the mitten tip to a pretty point. But, as they are colourwork mittens, the decreases pose a problem;
while the decrease on the right of my fabric (my dominant side) looks lovely and neat, the one on the left gets all bitty and jagged.
Compare the photos below to see what I mean:
What we’re going to do in this tutorial is work the first TSS2tog as normal. No point in fiddling with perfection, right?
Then we’re going to use a blunt-ended darning needle (a bodkin) to simulate a TSS2tog in the opposite direction.
Hold on to your hats, people. Things are about to get weird!
The First TSS2tog
Firstly, we’re going to work 1 TKS in yellow which is our Main Colour (MC), and then the first TSS2tog on the row in pink, our Contrast Colour (CC).
After that, we’re going to work TKS sts across to within 3 sts of the end.
Don’t forget to catch your floats!
Here’s where our trusty bodkin comes into play.
Work return pass as normal.
After a few rows of this malarkey, you’ll see the effect of your reverse TSS2tog stitches.
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