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Date: 2/1/12 7:15 AM

My MIL has just taught herself this technique (from the current issue of Interweave's Crochet Magazine), but she mentioned that now that she knows it, she probably won't use it again, because she can't think of an application for it. She needs ideas!

She doesn't have Internet access, so I'm looking for books or projects for her. I saw a couple of books on Amazon, but not being familiar with the technique, it's hard to judge them. Does anyone have suggestions? Her tastes are *very* basic (simple afghans, stocking caps, dish cloths, etc... even though she has the skill/knowledge to do more elaborate or on-trend pieces), so nothing too fashion-forward or out there!

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Date: 2/1/12 9:05 AM

My mom made rugs and jackets using tunsian crochet. She would sew the strips together for kimono style jackets. She had some large wooden hooks that some one whittled for her.

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Date: 2/1/12 11:36 AM

When my sister asked about a knitting book for Christmas, I came across something called Knooking. It looks like it is similar to Tunisian Crochet and I know that there are books available.

Found this little bit by way of comparison.
Is Knooking the same as Tunisian Crochet

And, perhaps a better explanation,
Knook It!

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Date: 2/1/12 12:49 PM

When I was a little girl my baby sitter used to crocjet afganms out of Tunisian crochet.She made me one for my 8th birthday ( and it's now on my youngest's bed). Strips of the crochet crocheted together ...that's it. so pretty.

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Date: 2/1/12 1:23 PM

All Free Crochet has a series of articles (technique and projects) on Tunisian crochet
-- Edited on 2/1/12 1:24 PM --

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Date: 2/1/12 3:18 PM

I have a wonderful couple of books/pamphlets are Tunisian crotchet afghans (usually panels) with crosstitch embroidery then done on them of the crotchet.

Wish I had a scanner so I could share a picture.

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Date: 2/2/12 12:08 PM

I have done a little Tunisian crochet, and find things made with this technique have a rather sturdy, 'knitted' texture. It is interesting.

eBay has quite a few patterns for a single afghan, but
this Leisure Arts booklet also has a variety of simple hats, sweaters, purses and so on.

This one looks like a good advanced-beginner booklet, too.

Neither of these is very expensive, so they might be worth getting for her.
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Date: 2/2/12 1:26 PM

Pretty much anything done with crochet can be done with Tunisian. Rather than one stitch on the hook, all the stitches stay on the hook which can limit the width of the item, but panels can be made and seamed together. The work is not turned which makes it easier to handle for those large items.

There are several variations to the Tunisian and one of them looks very much like knitting.

The investment isn't much as Afghan (aka Tunisian) hooks come in a limited numbers of sizes and lengths (E - K I believe).

I've done clothes for the fashion doll using the afghan stitch by putting the stitches on a small crochet hook and putting a stopper at the end so the stitches don't fall off. I think it's a fun alternative to regular crochet.

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