Tunisian Entrelac Crochet Diamonds Tutorials
Have you tried tunisian crochet yet? I was surprised at how easy it was (is), and it was also a surprise to find that I didn’t necessarily need tunisian crochet hooks to do some of the projects I wanted to do.
Tunisian crochet creates a tightly-weaved fabric that resembles knitted fabric, so it’s a great technique to use to make something very warm that looks extraordinarily pretty.
If you can single crochet, you can do tunisian. Tunisian crochet is kind of like single crochet (sc) on steroids. Instead of one sc stitch at a time, though, you keep each loop on the hook after yarning over and pulling through, and then after x number of loops (in the case of the Gavin beanie you stop with 5 loops on the hook), you yarn over and pull through two and repeat that until you’ve only got one loop left on the hook.
That being said, it took me forever to figure it out from scratch. Although there are lots of video tutorials on tunisian and entrelac crochet, none of them really showed me specifically how to do these diamonds in the round. Hours and hours of trial and error ensued, and now it seem so ridiculously easy! I can work up a hat in a couple of hours, and these hats have been a big hit, especially with the young guys (like Gavin, who helped me design it).
Here’s my first tutorial for making tunisian crochet diamonds in the round for my Gavin Beanie Hat. I use a Susan Bates G (4mm) hook for most sizes (go a hook size down or up for smaller or larger sizes). You can make an adorable tulip hat by skipping the final row of triangle; it frames little girls’ faces adorably (I made some for my nieces last year)! The yarn I used in these tutorials is a nice merino, which is warm and soft wool that’s not itchy.
And here are the second and third tutorials:
What technique(s) would you like to see more tutorials for?