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.
“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!