Tutorials

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Creating Reoite’s “Snow Flower” – Part 2
This tutorial will guide you through the Return Pass for the Snow Flower stitch in my Reoite Glove pattern.
Creating Reoite’s “Snow Flower” – Part 1
The "Snow Flower" on my Reoite Mitten pattern is worked as you crochet, rather than being added afterwards.
TSS2tog decrease
It's hard to imagine, but sometimes, Dear Reader LESS Tunisian Crochet is called for. And in those moments, knowing how to …
Sewing up your colourwork mittens
You have all your three mitten bits made, and it's time to sew them all together.Here's how I did it: First …
A reverse TSS2tog for a neater mitten
Tunisian Crochet has a symmetry problem, insofar as it has none.You may have noticed that each row's stitches are drawn from …
Make your Ogham Mitten UNIQUE!
Ogham (either pronounced OW-am or OG-am, depending on who you ask), is a native Irish writing system that is all of …
Duplicate Stitch / Swiss Darning
Mistakes happen! But that doesn't mean you have to rip back all your beautiful work. Try a little Swiss Darning, "Tunisian …
Catching Floats in Tunisian Crochet Stranded Colourwork – Part 1
Have you tried Tunisian Crochet colourwork yet? This satisfying technique will have you hooked in no time.
Catching Floats in Tunisian Crochet Stranded Colourwork – Part 2
Have you tried Tunisian Crochet colourwork yet? This satisfying technique will have you hooked in no time.
Joining Yarns in Tunisian Crochet
This little trick works well for both solid fabrics and lace. The idea here is that the joined yarns will be …
Turn your FAILED Scarf into a SUCCESSFUL Something Else
FO ahoy! Get out your failed scarf fragment, thread your darning needle and prepare to bathe in a sense of accomplishment …
How do I stop Tunisian Crochet from CURLING?
Oh my gosh, the CURL! It's the bane of a Tunisian Crocheter's day, isn't it? Curing the curl seems almost impossible, …
Herringbone seam for Tunisian Crochet
Creating a truly invisible seam in any form of crochet has so far proven virtually impossible. The complex texure of crochet …
What is the EASIEST GIFT to make with Tunisian Crochet?
If you want to make a handmade gift, but you're short of time AND yarn, then this free nautical-themed Seashell Scrubbie …
Is Tunisian Crochet faster than Regular Crochet?
Is Tunisian Crochet Faster than Regular Crochet? And which uses more yarn? Do they come out the same size? I decided …
Getting the MOST out of a Stretchy Crochet Chain
So, you have your stretchy crochet chain done, right? Now what? Here's how you use it.
The Ultimate Stretchy Crochet Chain
Basic old CHAIN STITCHES don’t stretch! This is a perennial problem for both Traditional and Tunisian Crochet. But luckily, I’ve found …
How to make a SLIP KNOT
The SLIP KNOT! It’s a rare crochet or knitting project that doesn’t begin with this versatile little knot. In this photo …
How to Make the Sunny Hat with a Crochet Band
For those of you keen on the Sunny Hat, but not so keen on the whole "knitting" thing, here's a version …
7 Ways to make YOUR next crochet pattern test a success
Running a pattern test can be a mindfield.Let me run you through the basics. "You haven't made it in the industry …

6 thoughts on “Tutorials

  1. Do you make it a policy never to respond to e-mail questions? I have been a fond supporter of you work in the past, however, that will no longer be the case.

    1. There is a very high chance that your email just slipped through the cracks, Richard.
      Being a sole trader, running all aspects of a small business, there are often days I don’t get to everything.

      With messages coming in over Twitter, Instagram, Email, Patreon, WordPress, Etsy, Ravelry,
      and even notices from Facebook that I can’t access (FB randomly wiped my account about 6 months ago, and won’t let me back on), my attention is understandably divided.

      And that’s all before I’ve worked a single stitch during my working day!

      If you would like to, feel free to add your question below, though, and I’ll be sure to get to it.

  2. I purchased your lovely Venus shawl pattern. I am quite familiar with Tunisian crochet but for the life of me I cannot figure out the pattern. I have seen the video you have but it does not help. I have completely given up on the pattern and am hoping you will put out a stitch diagram or more detailed video.

    1. Hi Nancy!
      Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry that the pattern is causing you problems.
      Can you tell me which row you’re stuck on and I’ll add a Photo Guide to my To Do list to illustrate the techniques used better.

      We’ll get you sorted, don’t you worry.

      1. In the completed picture the fans do not start on the first row, top edge of shawl.

        Not sure where the directions are for the straight piece and how that part fits with the fans. I have done a tunisian fan shawl (doing chain stitches with picots which form the center of each fan) so am familiar with linked simple stitches with short rows in-between. A stitch diagram would really help.

        I am assuming we are starting from the top of the shawl. Was not sure how to deal with the curve at the centre of the plain stitched area. What are the number of simple stitch rows (5?) that are repeated (6 times?) with a YO row in between repeats in the plain area before doing the fans.
        It looked like the fans are being worked from picots as well. It looked like the fans are all one size with 5 simple stitch a YO and 3 simple stitches but some look like they could be smaller in the center. It looks like the number of fans are increased to get the drape. I am also confused by your charts as most shawls I have done work down from the top. Hope this helps explain my confusion. As you can tell I just don’t get how to even start. Thank you for your help with this.

      2. OK, that is a lot of questions.

        Right, so, most of what you’ve asked, I’m happy to say, will make sense from the pattern text once we get you started. My advice right now is that once we get you going, trust the pattern. It’s all in there, I promise.

        So, to begin with, forget all the stitch counting and fan-measuring you’re doing and let’s focus on the first row of crochet. `Your very first stitches (which will be worked into a chain loop) will be located in the middle of the long side of the shawl. The bend you see in those plainer rows comes from the combined effect of that chain loop, and from increases in the subsequent plainer rows.

        Once you’ve the little plainer row triangle complete, the next step will be a little clearer, and I can talk you through that when you’re ready. Just let me know.
        A x

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