My Tunisian crochet hooks arrived just after Christmas and thankfully my husband didn’t decide to with hold them till my birthday on the 12th of January.
I started looking at written tutorials initially but quickly found a range of tutorials by The Crochet Crowd that I could follow more easily.
At first I used a 3mm hook and ended up with a tight stitch and fabric that rolled up like a scroll.
I’ve since learned that this rolling is quite common. Mikey’s tutorials have some tips on how to reduce the amount the fabric rolls up. These include using a hook 3mm larger than you would ordinarily use; after the foundation row crocheting a purl row ,and crocheting a border/edge around the fabric.
My second attempt, with a larger hook, yielded a looser fabric which didn’t roll up quite as much.
I’m liking this method of crochet and have learned the standard stitch, Tunisian purl stitch and Tunisian knit stitch.
The knit stitch really does create a knitted look.
One of the first things I learned to make were crocheted roses. The nicest pattern that I found was part of a Youtube video.
They’re easy and effective to make; you’ll find them enhancing quite a few of my projects.
One thing that can annoy me when crocheting amigurumi is the lines created by many patterns when decreasing. Its not really a big thing and I’m by no means a perfectionist but sometimes it just doesn’t look quite right.
So I googled decreases thinking maybe staggering the decreases in a pattern but maintaining the number of decreases in the round would make these lines that form less obvious. I found a blog post by Dawn Toussaint (wrote the Padme elephant pattern) on the maths of decreases which I thought could be useful and with a couple of reads I’ll have a go.
But then I stumbled upon something amazing (chances are everyone already knows about this). Invisible decreases! June Gilbank of Planet June has posted a tutorial which makes decreases really unoticeable. Using this method you only use the front loops of the two stitches being decreased.
The normal decreases create a line on the surface of this project.
The decreases are there but much less obvious
Edit: If the above link to PlanetJune’s blog doesn’t work, the same decrease method can be found here http://allaboutami.tumblr.com/post/7843360896/invisibledecrease
As I mentioned previously, I got started with crochet through watching YouTube videos. The ones that I found Most helpful were those posted by the crochet crowd (http://www.thecrochetcrowd.com/en/). The tutorials were really well constructed and with the ability to re-watch the same section of video multiple times was invaluable.
Here’s a link directly to the playlist that got me started http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL69F5A7FE3F95232F. If you are at all interested in starting to crochet I can’t recommend another starting off point more highly.