Hi everybody! Tunisian crochet, the look of knitting with the ease of crocheting, is a process that has fascinated me for some time. I finally decided to give it a try by making Toben's Pillow as featured in Sharon Hernes Silverman's book, Tunisian Crochet.
Pattern – Toben's Pillow, published in Tunisian Crochet by Sharon Hernes Silverman.
Yarn – Amazing; Lion Brand Yarn: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 1.75 ounces/50 grams, 147 yards/135 meters, Color: Ruby(#201), 3 skeins
Notions – 12 x 16 inch polyfill, washable, non-allergenic pillow form
Hooks – Tunisian hook size K, 6.5 mm, Crochet hook size K, 6.5 mm, Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Finished Size – Width: 16 inches, Height: 12 inches
This pillow is worked in Tunisian simple stitch. Reverse single crochet closes the top and bottom.
I learned two very important principles of Tunisian crochet with this project.
- Each row of Tunisian crochet is worked in two passes. The forward pass, in which loops are added to the hook and the return pass, in which loops are worked off the hook, count as one row. I first thought I had missed my gauge count until I understood this principle!
- Count! I had to check my stitch count regularly to make sure that I did not miss picking up a stitch on a forward pass.
I love my new pillow! I am eager to try another Tunisian crochet project.