Tunisian – Cast On


(music playing) Let’s start the casting on process by
creating a slip knot, and let’s grab our afghan hook and insert it into the
loop – just like this. And what I want to do, is
that I want to…. just chain like I normally would with
crochet. So you’re holding it in your hands, just like you normally would, and we’re just going to start off. And I
want 10. Remember the loop on the hook never counts as 1. So we have 1…and 2… and 3…4… and 5…6… 7…and 8… 9… and 10. So there is your first starting
chain of just 10. So the goal is it that if I started off
with 10, when I come back there should be 10 loops left on the
actual afghan hook, and I’ll show you that in just a sec.
The next part in the process is that we’re going to start collecting all the
loops, that are on this chain, onto this actual
afghan hook. How you do it, is that you going count
the 2nd one of the …from the hook. So you got 1 and 2. What I strongly recommend is that, don’t
grab any of the front side, so you can see the nice stitch work in the front. Grab it, the loop that’s on the back. OK ?
So grab that loop’s on the back. Once you get that first one the rest of the row, or chain, just
turns over on itself anyway. So just grabbing your hook, just go into
the back loop only. OK. And that’s 2nd chain from the hook. OK ? Insert into the chain, yarn over, and pull through and leave it on your
hook. OK. So let’s go on to the next one. So
we just move to the next one that’s available to you. And once you do the
first one, as I said it turns over. By doing the back loop only – or the back
hump, whatever you want to call it – it actually
makes the……the curl less likely to happen, it still
will happen but it won’t be as severe. So you keep just going down the chain, on the back
loop – just like this. And we’re doing the casting on process.
And so if I started off with…..errr I chained 10, I should have 10 of these on my crochet hook, by the end of…..by the end of the chain. So I’m just moving my way slowly.
Getting started with Tunisian is always a bit of a task, I’m not going to deny
that, but once you start it it gets a lot easier as you get to hold on
to more the project. Do you notice that I’m sliding the
project down, every time I put it on ? So I just don’t immediately just start going
into the next one. I slide it down, so that I can get it
around the thickness of the shaft, so that each of the stitches are
consistent. Don’t forget to do that ! So regardless of what size it is, make sure you slide it, to get that right
thickness. And I believe that this is the last one, but I’m going to just double count and make
sure that I have 10 on my hook. So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. So I have 10 here, so I’m actually done. So I’ve chained my 10, and I’ve collected. Now
just like I told you and the intro, is that we never ever turn our
work. So what we’re going to do, no matter what we do on this particular series at
all, and in most Tunisian projects – is that
you’re always just going to come back, doing the exact same thing each and
every time. If you’re doing other color combinations or whatever, then that’s
when it changes, but this is what we’re going to do, each and every time. To come back, what you need to do, is that before you
start the process, is that we need to yarn over and pull through the beginning loop
first, only once. So just yarn over, and pull through the
first loop. That acts as a chain, so that it can move up the row. OK ? So it’s…is just like it would be as
if you had turned it, and its regular crochet hook and we chain 1. To do a single crochet all the way
across, it’s the same process but we’re doing it on this side instead. Now this is the fun part. You’re going to
yarn over and pull through 2 loops now. And you’re going to continue to do that
all the way back. So you’re yarning over, and pulling through 2. Now before I go any further, you’re going
to notice that there’s a vertical string that is very obvious and in your face. This is where we’re going to be playing
within this vertical string, when it comes to the simpler stitch. When we….when we do the purl stitch
we’re also going to be playing in this vertical, and then when we do the knit stitch,
that’s when it gets a little complicated. And I’ll show you more about that. So we’re just going to continue to yarn over,
and pull through 2, all the way back. So we’ve simply just
casted on and we’re ready to go with any kind of
stitch that you want to do. OK ? So coming all the way back. OK ? So this is the casting on process.
We’ve just came all the way back. Now it appears that we have a picket
fence going on, and this is the interesting thing about Tunisian,
and we’ll cover this when we cast off, but I’ll tell you now. When you go to finish this project, you
don’t actually finish on this side of your hook, you actually finish off on
this side. Because what happens is that, this is only half the stitches done on this particular row. It’s not
until you go back in this direction, that you actually do finish off that row
completely, and I’ll show you that in just a moment. (music playing)

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