Crochet for Knitters – Modern Tunisian Quilt

In this tutorial, we are going to learn to
make this modern Tunisian quilt, and we can cut away here to a nice photo showing the
whole thing. This is a free pattern and free video tutorial sponsored by Knitters Pride.
I used their products when I designed the pattern and I highly recommend using their
products when making this pattern, and we’ll talk more about the tools that I used. But
for now, I will let you know, you don’t have to have any Tunisian crochet experience at
all. I’m going to show you how to work Tunisian crochet. Tunisian crochet is kind of a cross between
knitting and pearling that makes a really nice flat fabric, that is perfect for cross
stitching. We are going to cover all of that. If you look in the video description field
below, I will also give you a link here to my website and that will let you know the
tools you need, the yarn you need, the hook size, everything else is all on there, as
well as links for more information on the tools I used from Knitters Pride. And first
thing that we’re going to do is we are actually going to learn how to work Tunisian crochet
and that’s coming up in the next segment. If you are ready to go on this quilt, you’ve
got your free pattern and you’ve taken a look at the materials that you need, I am going
to talk a bit about the tools from Knitters Pride that I used when I designed and made
this. And the first thing and the most important thing that I used is this interchangeable
Tunisian crochet hook set. It has eight different sizes from E to L in American sizes, and Tunisian
crochet takes a long hook because it’s like a cross between knitting and crochet. You
always have loops on the hook, like you have loops on the knitting needle. And so you put something…you attach a cord
to the size hook that you need and you put a stopper on the end, and this is what you
need to work wide panels of Tunisian crochet. And this is a really handy kit to have, I
love it. If you haven’t used Tunisian crochet hook with a cord in a while, Knitters Pride
has brought these tools into the new century, these are state-of-the-art tools, they are
really nice to use. I know 20 years ago when I was using Tunisian
crochet hooks with a cord on them, the cord would catch the yarn or always twist up, or
you couldn’t slide things across. That is no longer a problem. These are really nice
to have. It’s also really nice to have an interchangeable set because even though I
tell you a hook size to use or a needle size in my knitting tutorials, your tension might
be different than mine, and there’s nothing wrong with that, if you might hold the yarn
a little tighter or a little more loosely, and that’s your thing. There’s nothing wrong
with that, but you do have to adjust your hook size to get the same stitches per inch
that I’m getting in the pattern or that any designers getting in a pattern, if you want
your item to turn out looking like the pattern photo. So my point is that if you start out with
hook size K, like I recommend in the pattern, there’s always a chance that you’re going
to need to go up or down to get the right tension. And Tunisian crochet, actually, in
my experience you need a much bigger hook than you think you do. If you always use a
size H crochet hook with worsted weight yarn, you’re probably going to need to go up just
because Tunisian crochet is a different animal. Okay. Tunisian crochet hooks, these are awesome.
The video description field below will have more information on these and the knit blockers.
I talked about these on Facebook and everyone went nuts. This is a box of knit blockers.
They are what you use when you’re blocking items instead of using straight pins. When
you’re blocking square items, like we are for this quilt, you want to put pins in to
straighten everything out and square it out, but the pins can cause a scalloped edge, just
because of what they are. These actually, the small ones actually have four pins in
it, so when you pull it out and stick it in your blocking board, it’s holding it much
longer edge, keeping it from having the scalloped ones. That’s the short one, and there’s also this
longer ones with 8 pins. These are a great product. I had never seen anything like these
before until I got a kit of my own, and these are pretty much all I use for blocking anymore.
I really like them. I’ll show them in action later in the tutorial, once we get to that
part of it. But for now, we’re actually going to learn
how to do Tunisian crochet which is really fun and pretty quick, so let’s go ahead and
take a look at my hands. So we’re going to start out with a crochet chain and if you’ve
never worked a crochet chain before, I’ll give you a link here to a slow demonstration
of making a crochet chain. I actually want to leave about a 6 inch tail. And the pattern is very clear about how many
you need to chain for each section. I’m just going to chain some to give you an idea of
how to do this. So you have your crochet chain and you see that it’s made up of a bunch of
Vs on the right side. But if you flip it over, you have what I call the hyphens or it’s called
the spine of the crochet chain on the back, and that’s these little horizontal lines.
We’re going to pick up stitches in these little horizontal lines, and the first row is always
the one that goes…it’s the most difficult to work. It’s the slowest one to work. And
the first stitch of the first row is the slowest one to work. So we have the loop on the hook. A lot of
patterns will have to skip the first spine. Let’s not skip the first spine, you end up
with a much nicer right corner if we go ahead and pick up the stitch in this first spine.
And to do that, just put your hook into that spine, under that spine, grab the yarn and
pull up a loop. Let me tighten this whole thing up a little bit. That’s it. That’s what we’re going to do all
the way across. I’m a big fan, you can see of using my thumb nails to get the hook through
the loop on the spine. And once you get the stitches picked up, the whole thing goes pretty
quickly. I’m going to get some yarn here. I believe for the wide panels, and we’re going
to talk about the construction of this whole thing, the wide panels have 9 or 44 stitches,
but you’re actually going to have 45 loops on the hook and that’s normal. You always
have one more loop on the hook than you have actual stitches showing up. So that’s the first row. The first right to
left row. And now to work left to right, we don’t turn the work, Tunisian crochet is awesome
this way. You grab a loop and pull through one, and then grab a loop and pull through
two, grab a loop, pull through two all the way across. You pull through one on the first
stitch, and then pull through two the rest of the way across. And when you finish, you
end up with just one loop on the hook. I’m going to show you this again, don’t worry.
Now things are a bit different because we have already picked up stitches in the spine
of the crochet chain, but you see these vertical lines going up in the fabric? That’s what
we want to pick up this time and it’s really easy. I like how this goes. We have our first vertical line going up into
the loop on the hook, we’ll skip that one and we will go into the next one. Put your
hook through that loop. I always give the yarn a tug here to tighten it up. Grab the
yarn and pull up a loop through the next vertical line. Next, all the way across. Things get a little
different on the last stitch. Okay. On this last stitch, we’re not just going to pick
up through this vertical line. We’re going to pick up through the vertical line and the
stitch behind it. The vertical line and the stitch behind it, make an upside down V, you
want to put your hook under both of those. And it might take some practice but you’ll
get it, and you’ll see what it is each time. So I’m going to put my hook through the vertical
line and then the stitch right behind it, so I’ve gone under two. And the reason we
do this is so that we have a really tidy left edge. So grab the yarn and pull up a loop
like normal, and now we work a normal left to right row. Grab the yarn pull through one,
and then grab the yarn pull through two the rest of the way across. That sound you hear
is my Tunisian crochet hook stopper on the blocking board. Once I get some fabric going,
it wont make that noise anymore. Okay, and then from here on out, it’s just
like the last row that we did. We skip the first vertical line, put our hook under the
next one, grab the yarn and pull up a loop, and do that all the way across. You can see
how it ends up going pretty quickly. And then on the last one, we go through the vertical
line and the little stitch behind it, so there are two loops on the hook, grab the yarn and
pull through both, and then a normal left to right row. Grab the yarn and pull through
one, grab the yarn and pull through two, and grab the yarn and pull through two all the
way across. Okay, that’s Tunisian crochet. And this pattern
is going to tell you exactly how many to chain, exactly how many you pick up, exactly how
many rows to work. It’s pretty easy to modify this pattern you can see. And now I want to talk a bit about the construction
of the blanket. I have a very tiny sample here of exactly what the pieces look like.
We have borders all the way around, and then we have some cross stitch in the middle that
I’m going to show you how to do. But the actual squares of the blanket are bigger than this.
I made them this big so they would fit on screen. So you start with one color and you change
colors, and then you work the white block, or of course you can use any color you want,
and you do this in long strips. And then you also do these narrow strips which are sewn
between the long strips, to give it this quilt block look, even though it’s done in long
strips. And it is important that we do it in long strips and not one super long Tunisian
crochet blanket in one shot, because the seams actually provide a lot of structure for the
blanket and make it so that it’s not floppy, it actually holds its shape really well and
looks good. But the seaming is really fun in Tunisian crochet, I think, it’s just so
perfect and goes quickly. So this is what your Tunisian crochet is going
to look like. As you’re working it, you see these beautiful little stitches but there’s
something very important I want to show you, and I worked up this whole piece just to demonstrate,
because no one can believe me. This is what it looks like…let me move this. This is
what it looks like when you’re finished with it, honestly, this is exactly like the piece
I just showed you. But a little steam goes a long way, all I did…the only difference
between this piece and this piece, is steam. And the way that I did this was I used the
steam iron, but I never press down with a steam iron. I just hold it over the piece
and blast steam into it. And I actually have a button that I can push on my iron to steam
blast out. And then using these awesome knit blockers,
you can pin the pieces into your blocking board or ironing board or where ever you like
to block things out, and these things actually take steam just fine. You can blast steam
onto these and it hasn’t done any harm to mine. And you can see how handy it is to have
these big things to square everything out. I mean big things, they’re not that big but
they certainly have a lot more grip on them than a single straight pin. You can see how
this goes. And once you steam it and you put the knit
blockers in it, you do want to check your yarn label to make sure that your yarn can
handle steam. This happens to be a wool blend, a washable wool blend that does just fine
with that. And then let it cool and dry and when you’re done, you’ll end up with a piece
as flat as the one that I just showed you, which is a major difference. I’m putting my
knit blockers away. These are the Knitters Pride knit blockers, again the information
on where to find this is in the video description field below, if you’re watching this on YouTube,
and on my website. Okay. So let’s get back to this piece. You
can see how nice it looks once it’s been blocked out. And what I did with mine was I worked
the pieces and steamed them out before I cross stitched them. And then once I seamed the
whole thing together, I steamed it out to shape and size. And then once I had the whole
thing cross stitched and steamed, I actually machine washed and dried it. And my finished
blanket has actually been machine washed and dried. I wanted to show you that this yarn
was going to hold up and work. Okay, the next thing I want to show you is
how to change colors. I’m going to use this tiny sample. I actually could use some scissors
here because changing colors is really easy in Tunisian crochet. What you want to do is
end after a left to right row with just one loop here, and you have your hook in that
loop and you work a normal right to left row with the new color of yarn, and that will
be your color change. So I’m going to go ahead and put my hook into the next stitch, and
grab this new color of yarn and pull up a loop. And I’m just going to continue to use
the new color of yarn all the way across. And that’s my color change. But you always
want to do it on a left to right row, I guess is my point. I’m sorry, I just cut that backwards. I always
do that. You always want to do it on a right to left row. I’m saying the wrong words but
doing the right thing. Okay, and then just work a normal left to right row after that,
and your color is changed. And the pattern is really clear about where to change colors
and everything else. Okay, I think, is that everything we need
to show in this first one? I want to show you how to bind off, which is after you finish
the strip, you’re going to want to bind it off. Grab the yarn pull through one, grab
the yarn pull through two. This is your last row. I pulled through three. Okay. So you’ll
be over here on the right with just one loop when you’re ready to bind off. And you start
it out like a normal row, and then pull that loop through the last one. Grab the yarn and
pull up a loop, and then pull one loop through the other. And that is binding off, unless
you drop everything. Easily fixed. And you end up with an edge that looks a lot like
the cast on edge, which is very nice. Next up, we’re going to talk about cross stitch
and seaming the blanket together. In this segment, we’re going to learn how
to do cross stitch on Tunisian crochet and how to seam up all of the different panels
of the blanket to put it together. Let’s go and take a look. Here I am with my tiny sample. I have my border
and then the white panel, the white section, and I think the best way to work the cross
stitch is every time…because you’re going to do border, white section, border, white
section, border, white section, border, depending on how big you make the blanket but you do
the entire vertical strip. But every time I finish one white section, I go ahead and
work the Tunisian crochet because it’s easier. You don’t have a lot of fabric flopping around.
It’s just right here. In fact, I leave, I use my Tunisian crochet set and leave the
stitches on the cord as a stitch holder and put a stopper on both ends, so no stitches
fall off. And then you have a nice thing to hang on
to while you’re doing the cross stitch. I’m going to do on this steamed out, example here.
And you always want to start cross stitch from the top to the bottom, and the pattern
includes graphs for exactly what to stitch, but you can stitch anything you want in these
white panels, really, anything you want. So let’s do a close-up here. I have a length
of yarn on a tapestry needle, that’s a couple feet or a few feet, I guess. And I’m going
to come in at the lower left corner of one of these squares. Now this is how you have
to start thinking about it. The square starts just to the right of the vertical line, goes
across over the vertical line, straight up and then back across. It will be more clear
as I get a couple of stitches on here. So I’ve come up the lower left corner, I go
in the upper right, and then back down through the lower right. It might be better if I didn’t
explain it with words, I just let you watch. Upper right, lower right. You can see I’m
only working half of the cross stitch. We’re going to get this half done and then work
back the other way to close it up. Upper right, and lower right. Just to the right of the
vertical line. And look at me, I’m getting all my lefts and rights correct. That makes
me laugh. Okay. You work this all the way across, as
much as the pattern tells you to. And then once you…I’m not going to finish all the
way across. But once you get the length finished that way, then you go back the other direction.
You’re going to go into the same holes that you came out of before. You’re going to close
up this…you’re going to make this cross by going in the same hole here and back down
through this hole, but going the other direction. And then when you finish that X, give it a
tug. You want it to look good. If it’s loosey-goosey tension or something, you want to be sure
to tighten it up. Or if it’s too tight, you want to loosen it because the cross stitch
is definitely decorative. So going back down into the same hole and out the bottom. I think the cross stitch is so fun. I love
it. I love working regular cross stitch, like cross stitch on fabric. But if I don’t the
chance to do it much, this is like my chance to work cross stitch. And then when you get
to the end of the row, you can go up into the hole where you’re supposed to go, but
skip down and drop yourself down a row. You see that? Then I’m all set up to work the
next left to right row. You know, you’ll probably want to work up
a swatch of Tunisian crochet to make sure you’re getting good gauge. And when you do,
you might want to practice the cross stitch a little bit before you actually try it on
your blanket. Work on getting your tension nice. Anyway, I love it. We’ll just shoot
another half-hour of video of me doing the cross stitch because I don’t want to stop.
You know, I think you quite have it, so I will stop there. The next thing we’re going
to do is seaming. Now this is a mock-up of one of the big panels
but it’s not done yet, and this is a mock-up of one of the narrow panels but it’s not done
yet. And I’m going to use a different color of yarn for seaming, which you won’t use.
You’ll want to use a matching color of yarn, but I want you to be able to see what I’m
doing. This is just the mattress stitch and Tunisian crochet ends up coming together so
nicely, because every thing is so square and perfect. And so what I’m going to do is go,
start with my tapestry needle and yarn and go into the corner of this piece. Go through
once, go through twice and tighten that up, and then go through the very corner of this
piece. Okay. So that’s your two pieces, pretty much
attached, and I have this tail here that I need to weave in. Really clever people end
up leaving a long tail for seaming later. I just don’t like all that extra yarn flopping
around, so I never do that. Okay, so what we’re going to do is a mattress
stitch and this is just like with knitting except for we have different looking stitches.
I’m going to go…I guess the V goes this way. You want to go under both legs of the
V. Let me scoot this up a bit. Under both legs of the V, going this way, at the very
edge. And then jump over here and go under both legs of the V on this side. Okay, that’s
the beginning. You’re going to go into the same hole you came out of, go under both legs
of the V over there. Go into the same hole you came out of over here. You just keep doing
this back and forth. And I like to keep it loose for, I don’t know, a couple of few inches. And those of you who have watched me do mattress
stitching videos before, you know I love doing this because I love the magic moment of tightening
it all together. It is like magic. Okay, I’m going to go ahead and tighten it up. Hang
on to it down here and tug on this, and when you do, you get this gorgeous seam. Usually what you do is you just tug it and
it gets all scrunchy, and then you straighten it back out. And look at that gorgeous seam.
And then I usually stretch it back out a little bit, so I can see where I came out of last
time and go back into that same hole. I’m going to keep doing this up into the next
color, so you can see how well this all comes together. Okay. Scrunch it up and straighten
it back out, and look how nice this seam looks. Isn’t that great? I even used this yellow
yarn and you can’t see it at all. Mattress stitch does leave the seam in the back of
the work, but it’s fine. It’s a blanket, it’s helping with structure, helping keep the whole
thing together. And that is it. That is all the techniques
used in this modern Tunisian quilt. I hope you enjoy your free pattern and that’s thanks
to Knitters Pride and the products that I used in the video. There are Tunisian crochet
interchangeable hook set, as well as their knit blockers, be sure to look for those.
And, good luck.

81 thoughts on “Crochet for Knitters – Modern Tunisian Quilt

  • What a great throw – not too feminine, not too masculine.  I figure it's a little over $100.00 to complete….maybe a gift idea for someone special at Christmas.

  • Thanks for the free pattern, and for demonstrating the techniques. I had seen the Knit Blockers while perusing the Knitter's Pride website but wasn't sure about them. Your recommendation sold me! And the link on your website showed me that there's only one LYS near me, just 2 miles away, and they carry Knitter's Pride products! I'm going to check out the Tunisian crochet hook set, but I doubt they'll beat Amazon's price. I can't believe they're so inexpensive for the whole set.

  • Love the quilt/blanket.  I've been using my old school Tunisian hooks, the metal ones that look like long crochet hooks.   Thanks for showing the knit blockers those look awesome.  I must put those two items on my Christmas list.

  • This is awesome! I'm a lifelong crocheter, but I couldn't get my head around Tunisian crochet. Thank you for a wonderful (as always) instructional video!

  • I have never seen interchangable hooks before! Those are awesome! Now I want to save for a set and those awesome blocking needles.

  • I love the blanket…and your hairstyle!!! Looking great as usual with your knitting fabulousness. (ooops..crochet LOL!!) Hello it is a tunisian video.

  • The blanket looks lovely. I've mostly done Tunisian crochet for pillows. I also like to use it with graph pictures or with sprites from older video games. There was someone on who did Tunisian crochet blankets based on movies like The Bride of Frankenstein, too.

  • If you want a more even right edge when doing a colour change, you'll want to change the colour right before you pull through the last two loops. That way you start off your colour change row with all the loops the same colour.

  • I like your hair 🙂 This is my first time commenting and I want to say thank you so much for all your videos. I can't count how many times I needed help with stitches or technique and your videos were just what I needed. I used Tunisian to make a couple of hot pads for the kitchen years ago, I will have to give it a go again, the blanket is nice and I like the cross stitching on it. Thank you for showing the Tunisian hook set, and especially the blockers. I really like those, they would be a time saver as well, I use so many pins trying to get a nice straight edge, it's time consuming.

  • I tried it and now I can't stop doing it. It is so fun to work. But who wants to do my other work?😜
    Thank you so much, Stacy!😃

  • Holy blocking pins. And holy hair — it looks killer! Also I read in Skeino's newsletter a certain knitting goddess is releasing another partnership video to demonstrate this really awesome knitting texture technique! Can't wait!

  • Oooo! I really like this one … and the tools to make it! One can really get into a meditative groove doing Tunisian crochet. This one is most definitely on my to-do list. I see Christmas gifts in my family's future! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.

  • I am making the blanket now and it is such a dream to work. Since this is going to be a Christmas present, I really love that it is going so fast. Quick question because I have never cross stitched before: When working the cross stitch in the pattern, how do I "jump the gap" from the one vertical line in the square to the other? Do I just cross stitch one side and then go back to finish the other or does the yarn carry over/span the gap from one side to the other? Again, I've never ventured into cross stitching before so this part of the pattern is new territory for me… and thank you for all of your videos, tutorials, and patterns. I genuinely look forward to these every week!

  • Was looking for something new to try. This is perfect, the video is great and I printed the pattern. Crocheted along with you right now I'm half way through the first seven rows. I LOVE it. Can't wait for the seams,( something I thought I would never say) Thank you for posting.

  • I love your tutorials. Can you tell me where you got your blocking mat? Right now I've "borrowed" my kids foam mat, but with there being no lines on them it makes straight even edges impossible.

  • Love the pattern! I am making at all at once though. Cast on 154 stitches. First I made 7 border rows. Then I did 8 stitches in border color, 42 in main color, 7 border, 42 main, etc. Works really well and this way I did not have to stitch the separate sections together. Thanks for your great tutorials 🙂

  • Wow! I do believe you have just changed my crochet life. I really prefer working Tunisian flat (I'm the same with knitting) but it was those darn seams. This is great! Thank you!

  • I love your video tutorial but I'm an old school written pattern kinda gal. Unfortunately the link to the pattern isn't working. I keep getting an "Error establishing a database connection" page.

  • For each white square how many chains/rows am i to make. And for the border strips how many chain/rows. thats where im confused at.

  • It's really sad!!! I can't get Knitters' Pride items as I live in Australia – I really am the in the middle of nowhere!!! 🙁 I'll have to get some American family to find me some! Thanks for the tutorial though Staci!

  • I actually have an Afghan crochet hook which is a rather long crochet hook which allows me to do the Afghan stitch. It makes very good hot pads and pot holders.

  • On your Very pink knits , are all you pattern Tunisian crochet or is it a mix of knitting , crochet and Tunisian ?

  • Although i learn to knit and crochet when i was 8 or 9 and didn't stop and this day i'm 59 i like very much to see your videos and most the color of you nail. please don't stop making videos.Thank you.

  • Brilliant. i never heard of Tunisian Stitch before. My biggest problem is the cost of yarn. I can't handle 100% Acrylic so need at the least, a blend. You have inspired me again.

  • To change color it's better to do that when you have the two loops of the frist color left. Then you won't have the two colors on the same row.

  • @ Verypink I have been addicted to Tunisian crochet since I discovered my first afghan hook. (been crocheting for almost 50 years…) I also love using double-ended crochet hooks as well. I just wish there was a company making these hooks for those who like to make more delicate pieces. Can you recommend any Tunisian or double ended crochet hooks in much smaller sizes? I'm talking tiny lace hooks.

  • I have just found your videos and love them!! 🙂 You're a great teacher 🙂 Thanks so very much!! 🙂

  • You truly have a gift! I have never been able to pick up crochet and I am in a family of crocheters. I’ve always wanted to do yarn work so recently I took up knitting. I happened across this video and now I feel like I could actually crochet! You are an amazingly gifted teacher!

  • I ordered my supplies and am going to make this beautiful blanket for my son & daughter-in-law’s Anniversary in March!

  • sweetie if somebody's left-handed said the right words with somebody right hand it you said the right words so it doesn't matter they're learning from you and I'm I'm just now getting into the tutorial so I'm learning something new I have never learned so this is new to me so thank you for your is very well-equipped

  • Hi, Staci – I've recently become fascinated with Tunisian Crochet and found your video so helpful! I love your channel!

  • I have standard Tunisian hooks that hurt my hands. I ordered a pair of cable crochet hooks, that were so rounded at the tip, even regular crochet was a struggle. Then I got the knitters pride hook set. I cannot begin to sing thier praises. Pointed, strong and have had no hand or wrist pain since! If you like tunisian, I strongly recommend them.

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