Although I have always known about Tunisian crochet, I had never actually learned how to do it. I also knew about Entralac (knitted and crocheted), but the fabric did not appeal as the design appeared quite boring. I therefore never learned that either.
I decided it was time to learn both techniques, at the same time. I found them both very easy to learn and surprisingly addictive.
Tunisian crochet –
Tunisian crochet is somewhat like knitting, both in the appearance of the finished fabric and in that you “cast on” the first row of stitches onto the hook/needle.
However, unlike knitting, Tunisian crochet is worked on the right side only, and is worked with a long straight hook that has a stop at one end.
Unfortunately, I did not have a Tunisian hook, and as I intend this to be a one-off experiment, I did not want to spend a lot of money on an expensive branded hook. Fortunately, I found a perfect set of 11 Tunisian hooks on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CE7RZF0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00).
The hooks are sizes 2-8mm and 10.6” long. I would recommend these hooks as they are nice to work with, and very good value for money.
The only stitch I’ve learned so far is the Tunisian simple stitch (or Tunisian plain stitch), and would advise that the quickest and easiest way to learn this stitch is to watch any one of the many Youtube videos available on the subject. I intend to expand my knowledge of Tunisian crochet stitches, and this sample is my first attempt.
Basically, Entrelac fabric is made up of a series of tiled blocks, which are worked one at a time in tiers. These blocks are usually multi-coloured and are worked in the same direction on each tier. The blocks build one upon another. Individual blocks are made by picking up stitches along the cast-off edge of a block from the tier below, and working the stitches of the block together with the selvedge of the next block from the tier below. The fabric can be worked to produce a piece with pointed edges. However, a straight piece can be produced by working triangles/half-block for the first tier, then every following tier must begin and end with a triangle. The last tier must also be a triangle/half-block.
Again, I would advise that the quickest and easiest way to learn the basics of Entrelac is to watch any one of the many Youtube videos available on the subject, but I would particularly recommended the following videos which show how to achieve a straight piece.
Entrelac does not have to mean boring diamond block. You can use triangles, rectangles, spiral squares, or combinations of different shapes. It can also be worked in the round.