Today's post is about crocheting in the round with a straight Tunisian Crochet hook, also known as an Afghan Hook. I personally like using a circular set but I wanted to provide a video for using a straight hook as well.
ch - chain
st(s) - Stitch(es)
sl st - Slip Stitch
yo - Yarn Over
Let's get started! Foundation: With the first ball of yarn (Yellow) Ch as many stitches as you'd like.
Join round by working a sl st into the first ch st. Make sure your ch sts are not twisted.
Insert hook into next ch st, yo & pull up a loop, keeping loop on hook.
Continue to pull up loops and placing them on your hook until you it gets tight.
Turn your work around and slide your hook to the other end.
With the 2nd ball (Grey) of yarn, create a loop and place on your hook. Pull through first (yellow) loop.
Now you will start your Return Pass *Yarn over and pull through 2 loops*
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops at a time. Continue until 2 loops are on hook. Ending with "2 loops" is more of a preference for where I like to stop.
Now, turn your work again and work and continue to pull up loops with the yellow yarn until you complete the first round.
Round 2: You will now work a forward pass into the front vertical bars. Place marker on first st to mark the first st of the round.
Continue to work a forward pass until you need to turn your work.
Now, turn your work and slide your hook again to work a return pass with the grey yarn.
You will repeat the back and forth until you're happy with the size.
Now we can cast off.
Cast off: To cast off, you will insert your hook into the next vertical bar as you have been doing and pull up a loop. Now, you want to pull through the loop on your hook as well. You no longer want to keep all the loops on your hook.
Here are some Tunisian Hooks available. Some are only for working projects in rows (flat). I own all of these. The Bamboo ones will warp if not stored flat. Mine were in a cup (standing up) and warped over time!
My favorites are the Interchangeable sets. I like that the Denise interchangeably set come in larger sizes. Knitter's Pride has larger hooks but they are sold separately. In order to use the interchangeable sets, you'll need to purchase two so that you have the same size hook on each end. The double ended straight hooks are the ones used for working with 2 or more balls of yarn and/or in the round.
Tunisian Crochet in the Round - Straight Hook
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