Tunisian Tuesday CAL

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 14 – Block 20

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Another mostly TSS block but with raised stitches. You need to remember that this is a US pattern so read “dtr” instead of “tr”.

Faye says “My notes tell me that I needed to do 3 extra rows and that I used double crochet for the bind off. I do remember that it didn’t quite make a square with the usual slip stitch bind off.”
Helen said “I actually did the amount of rows in the pattern for this one.”

#FollowonFriday  Week 14a – Block 26

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Mostly TSS again. One row plain TSS and the next working a tr (dc-lp in pattern) in to the row below. Both Faye & Helen have no notes for this one, however Faye did mention that when doing this one again she would make the last passes look similar to the beginning as she found the top few rows displeasing to her eye (OCD does still kick in at times).

#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 15 – Block 12

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This one is all TSS but with colour changes. Helen used a separate ball for each colour rather than carrying along the back. It looks neater.

Faye found that she needed to keep her strands looser than normal but did say that following a graph was far easier than she expected.

#FollowonFriday  Week 15a – Block 17

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This uses bobbles and the dtr (says tr in pattern) used in block 20. When kaning the bobbles, the hook is inserted as for the knit stitch. It is a bit like making shells but there is a little extra to make them into a bobble.

Faye did say that if she were to do this block again then she would put her extra row of TSS after row 3 and before row 4, as adding the extra row at the end left a large blank space.

Please post your blocks in the Rainbow Valley Crochet Facebook group when you have made it and let us know if you are happy for us to share your photos. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

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#TunisianTuesdayCAL Week 13 – Block 15

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Sorry Folks! It has been a really hectic week with all that has been going on and I completely forgot about #TunisianTuesdayCAL. So here are both blocks in one post.

Week 13 is Block 15.
This block is all the Tunisian version of trebles (called dc-lp) in the pattern. Don’t let the extra starting ch confuse you, you still need 23 loops on the hook but, because the stitches are taller, you need an extra turning ch.

#FollowonFriday  Week 13a – Block 4

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Week 13a is Block 4.
Again, this is made with the Tunisian version of trebles. It can get a little confusing because the instructions say to pull up a loop in the 4 ch between each shell and you have only made 3ch. You will see that there are 4 ch fronts showing between each shell so pull up a loop in each of those.

Please post your block in the comments when you have made it. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and more.

Group Feedback

Helen – “I love seeing all the different colours people are making this blanket in.  It would be great to get some finished ones together for a photo shoot.”

Faye says “Taking part in the CAL and being one of the organisers has been great. I have learnt a whole new way to crochet that doesn’t aggravate my health issues half as much as regular crochet. It has also helped me to understand the mechanics of crochet in general and I have found vast improvements in my own work.”

Grace says “I have really enjoyed doing it, and like you know it doesn’t hurt my hands as much.” 

Jane Says – ‘I like being able to see the others’ squares and get advice when stitches look different to the pattern’

Lesley say’s “I love doing it, it is very relaxing even though I am still learning it. Holding the long hook at the end takes the strain off hands. Will certainly be looking for more patterns in Tunisian crochet Be interesting to find the origins.” 

Handy Hint

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Finding the last stitch

We were asked “Hi, does anyone know what I keep doing wrong with the end stitch of the squares please?”

By going to the very edge and picking up the last two strands you should still have 23 stitches. Just follow the above image left to right/top row/bottom row and you should be good to go.

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Week 12 – Block 21

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Another mostly TSS block except that you create a hole in row 3 and work a long st into it in row 5.

Something that a long of people are misunderstanding is “pull up lp in next 2 vertical bars”.  This simply means to work 2 normal TSS sts.

Helen said it’s Relatively simple to do and no mistakes in the pattern.

Faye adds that she had to complete one more pattern repeat (an extra 3 rows) for hers to be square.

The next #FollowonFriday  Week 12a – Block 11

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Another quite easy one.  Just yoh (yarn over hook) and miss a stitch.  This will give rows of holes.

Faye commented that she needed an extra 2 rows before the bind off.

You can download a tutorial from – Rainbow Valley Crochet website and more information about the CAL and pattern can be found here

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Week 11A – Block 31

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Nice easy one for our first #FollowonFriday Week 11a – Block 31

Just TSS with top stitching.  If you do not know how to do top stitching, use a needle and work chain stitch instead.

Please post your block in the comments on Facebook when you have made it. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL ( or #FollowonFriday), you can find more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

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Week 9 – Block 25

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This weeks block is all Tunisian Simple Stitch with some colour changes. There is a slight problem in the instructions for this one so please read the instructions in the comments carefully.

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If you follow the instructions exactly you will end up with “clean” colour changes as in the example on the right.
If you want your block to look like the one in the pattern, you will need to put your stitches on the hook and take them off in the new colour. This makes the colours look like they have run into each other.

Helen comments – I did a total of 20 rows and changed colours after the forward pass, not at the end of the row as stated in the pattern text.

Faye comments – My block ended on 20 rows and as Helen explained, I was changing colour at the end of the row as per the written text and directions given under the special instructions.

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#TunisianTuesdayCAL – Week 6

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Two new things for you to learn this week – a new stitch and changing colours.

Bearing in mind that this is a US pattern, the dc-lp (double crochet-loop) is basically a tr (treble) version of the TSS, The colour changes are done at the edges and you don’t have loads of ends to sew in as the unused colours are carried up the sides.

Don’t forget that we are posting our finished blocks in the comments on Rainbow Valley Crochet, along with some helpful information.

Please share your blocks on Facebook when you have made it. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information here and a tutorial here.

Helen says – I found this one quick and easy. The dc-lp stitches make it grow a lot faster. Mine is the same as in the pattern.

Faye says – I am still having to add a little extra to make mine square. This time only 1 extra row before binding off.

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Week 4

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This week we are working on block 1. It is mainly TSS (Tunisian Simple Stitch) but includes chain loops.

It is especially important that you read the notes below as there is a mistake in the pattern. Helen and I are posting our finished blocks in the comments on Rainbow Valley Crochet, along with some helpful information.

Please post your block on Facebook when you have made it. If you would like to join in with the #TunisianTuesdayCAL there is more information at http://www.enfys.me.uk/english/tutorial/tunisian-cal.htm

Don’t forget to read the rest of the post as there are hints/tips, photographs, group feedback and more.

Notes

For this block, the picture of the finished block does not match the instructions. Helen and I both followed the instructions exactly. If you do, your block will look like ours on the right. If you would like your block to look like the grey one on the left, you need to omit Row 5 and only repeat rows 2 to 4 until your block is long enough.

Helen says – I did 20 rows for this one and ended up with 5 loops. You need to slip stitch the end of your chain to the top horizontal bar after the vertical one you have just used.

Faye says – I also did a total of 20 rows. I enjoyed this one. I like the effect the chain gave.

Helen's finished block
Helen’s finished block
Faye's block
Faye’s block

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Tunisian Tuesday  Thursday CAL

28 July 2016 – Week 2 & 3

Week 1 got off to a great start with everyone enjoying choosing their colours and making the first block that Helen & I chose. We have also been joined by Carolyn, the designer of the Tunisian Afghan that we are using for the CAL. She was a little surprised by the influx of pattern sales.

Week 1 blocks from the Rainbow Valley group
Week 1 blocks from the Rainbow Valley group

This week I am a little bit behind so will be sharing two blocks for you to try this week. 

Tunisian Sample Afghan Block 18

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This weeks block is number 18. This time you have a Tunisian knit Stitch block so that those new to Tunisian can learn a basic stitch before we start on the patterned blocks. We would love to see your finished blocks and your chosen colour schemes too. You are more than welcome to join us on Facebook – Rainbow Valley Crochet

Tunisian Sample Afghan Block 34

‪#‎TunisianTuesdayCAL‬ Week 3.

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Block 34 has a lovely pattern repeat using the stitches that you have practiced in the previous two blocks.

NOTES – Helen & Faye are both using Stylecraft Special DK yarns with 5 mm bamboo hooks & 5 mm crochet hooks. The blocks before borders are measuring approximately 5 x 5″ inches or 15 x 15 cm.

Allow yourself approximately 2 hours for making the block. Helen has created a great tutorial which you can find here

Faye’s notes – Block 18; I needed to add 4 extra rows of the pattern before binding off to ensure that my block was square. Block 34; To make sure that block 34 was square I needed to include 1 extra pattern repeat (2 rows) before binding off. I am however noticing that as I progress my tension is beginning to settle now.

Helen’s notes – Block 18; My tension was a little tighter on this one. I needed 23 rows to make it square. Block 34;  I actually stuck to the pattern in this one as 23 rows came out square.

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Week 2 examples from our Facebook group



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