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HOW TO MAKE A TUNISIAN GRANNY SQUARE?

Learn with me this really easy technique, the tunisian simple stitch! It is perfect to crochet a bag or blanket to.

 

The granny square will be 10cm by 10cm = 3,9" by 3.9" and10g = 0,35 oz.

Yarn: Sheepjes Catona, 100 % Cotton, washable (40), mercerized, 25 g = 0,88 oz – 62,5 meter = 2460’’ inch = 1 skein, http://www.scheepjes.com/en/yarn/catona-25-gram-749/

Crochet hook: approx 15-20 cm = 6-8 inch long 2 mm wide it is perfect for tunisian crochet technique.

FIRST STEPS - HOW TO START IT

 

Tunisian crochet begins like almost every other crochet project, with a foundation chain. Now we working with a short chain, just 22 chains long. Each completed row of stitches is made up of two rows of actions; the Forward Row puts loops on your hook and the Return Row works them off again. For the first Forward Row, insert your hook into the second chain from your hook and pull up a loop, leave this loop on your hook! Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop leaving it on your hook. Repeat this process for each chain stitch.

Now that Your first Forward Row is done you should have 22 loops on your hook. Now you’re ready to begin the Return Row. To start, yarn over and pull through just one loop on your hook.

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Now that Your first Forward Row is done you should have 22 loops on your hook. Now you’re ready to begin the Return Row. To start, yarn over and pull through just one loop on your hook.

Yarn over again and pull through two loops. Repeat this step, yarning over and pulling through two loops, until you have worked all the way back to the beginning and only one loop remains on your hook.

Your first full row of stitches in now complete!

The Forward Row changes a bit now but your Return Rows will stay the same as what you’ve just done. If you look at the row you’ve finished you’ll notice stitches that are straight up and down, these are called “vertical bars” and this is the part of the stitch that you’ll be using. Insert your hook under the first vertical bar, yarn over and pull a loop back through that bar.

Repeat that step, inserting your hook under the next bar, yarning over and pulling up a loop, until you have used all the vertical bars (the last one lives right on the edge of your work at the left-hand side).

Now you’ll repeat your Return Row, yarn over and pull through one loop first, then yarn over and pull through 2 loops at a time until you’re back to just one loop. Repeat those last two rows and you get a substantial fabric with great texture. Tunisian wants to curl in on itself so don’t be surprised by that! The larger your finished object the less curl there will be.

HOW TO MAKE THE LAST ROW?

You have to make a last Forward row but a bit differently. Insert your hook under the first vertical bar, yarn over and pull a loop back through that bar. You have 2 loops on your hook now. Pull through the 2nd loop on the first one. Now you have only one loop on your hook.

Repeat this insert your hook under the 2nd vertical bar, yarn over and pull a loop back through that bar. You have 2 loops on your hook now again. Pull through the 3rd loop on the 2nd one. Now you have only one loop on your hook again.

TUNISIAN GRANNY SQUARE

 

You have to start with 22 chains it means you will have 22 vertical bars in your granny square.

1st: 22 chain

2nd: you have to make 20 full row (Forward row+Return row=Full row)

3rd: make the last row

STEAM-BLOCK OF THE MOTIFS

 

Gently lay your piece out on the blocking board. For a stockinet piece, lay it face down on the blocking board; for a textured or cabled sweater, lay it right side up. If your board has a cover with a grid, line up the center lines of your pieces with the grid.

Spread your piece out to the correct dimensions without distorting the direction of the stitches.

Now it means approx 10 cm by 10 cm = 3,93” by 3,93”. You need to pin in many points to keep the piece flat. Run your palms lightly over the piece to help keep everything smooth and even. Don't worry that you have to stretch the granny to reach the optimal dimension.

Hold a steam iron over the piece about 1/2 inch away from the surface. After steaming, let your piece rest and dry for at least 30 minutes.