Help for Curling Edges on Tunisian Crochet

Well-known crochet designer, teacher and Tunisian crochet expert, Kim Guzman, is our guest blogger for today, and she shares her suggestions for taming the natural curl that occurs in the edges of Tunisian crochet work.

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“Tunisian crochet, like knitting, tends to have more fabric on the back side than the right side. For this reason, most projects will curl. It is just the nature of Tunisian crochet. However, there are ways to combat the curling and, in some cases, eliminate it altogether.

“The most common way to decrease the curling is to use a larger hook. With Tunisian crochet, I will usually recommend a hook that is two or three sizes larger than the recommended crochet hook size for the yarn. For instance, if the yarn band recommends a size I hook, I will usually use a K or L in order to achieve the best results. It doesn’t mean the curling will be eliminated, but it will produce projects with less curling.

“My favorite means to prevent the curling, though, is by combining stitches which put more fabric in the front, counter-acting the curl. My favorite is the Tunisian Reverse Stitch. Working a few rows of Tunisian Reverse Stitch at the bottom, sides and top of your projects will counteract the curling, much like applying garter stitch around the edges does in knitting.”

Thanks, Kim, for sharing your expertise with our readers! For those who are not familiar with the Tunisian Reverse Stitch, Kim shares her video tutorial here:

If you have never experienced Tunisian crochet, you couldn’t learn from a better teacher with more expertise than Kim! Her Annie’s online class, Learn to Tunisian Crochet, is a must for anyone wanting to learn this fun crochet technique. Once you’ve learned the basics, Kim’s Tunisian Cables & Lace class will take you even further in your Tunisian experience. Do check them out!

10 Comments

10 Responses to Help for Curling Edges on Tunisian Crochet

  1. Sherry says:

    THANK YOU!!! This was so much help!

  2. Hari Brandl says:

    That’s a good way to avoid curling, one that I use. But gotta love Tunisian crochet.

  3. ruby gray says:

    Thank-you very much! This really helped me!

  4. malti says:

    What a fantastic way to do the edging for tunisian crochet.
    Thank you for your generous video.

  5. Deborah says:

    Do you do the entire afghan through the back bar, or just a row or two, or every other row? Thanks, great video.

    • Jackie Daugherty says:

      Deborah, as Kim states in the video; to help prevent curling, work 5 rows of Tunisian Reverse Stitch at the beginning of your project and 5 rows at the end. Also work 5 stitches in Reverse Tunisian Stitch at each edge every forward pass. Hope this clears it up for you!

  6. Josie says:

    Thank you so much. This video was so helpful!

  7. Susan C Mason says:

    I’ve just finished a baby blanket doing a lacy tunisian stitch & wish I had found this method BEFORE I started. Now I’ve got to take all the stitches out and start over. Any other ideas how I can stop the curling before I undo all that work???
    If I crochet an edge around the entire blanket, would that stop the curling?
    Also, after following the pattern, it looks like the blanket is for a premie, it shrunk!!
    Maybe I should just start over??

    • Jackie Daugherty says:

      Susan, if you crocheted the blanket from a natural fiber such as cotton or wool, wet-blocking may help. If you used acrylic, the “curl” will return as soon as it is removed from the blocking board! Adding a border may help, but I find using a larger hook for Tunisian crochet helps with the curling.

      • Susan C Mason says:

        Thanks Jackie. I put a border around the blanket & I steamed-blocked it. That made all the difference. But next time I’ll do the reverse stitch first.

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