Tunisian Crochet in the Round

Tunisian Crochet in the Round

Tunisian crochet is a unique subset of crochet that produces a knit-like look. You need the specialty Tunisian crochet hook with an interchangeable cord for the craft. We have discussed Tunisian crochet in our previous blogs along with tutorials on the Tunisian knit and purl stitches. In this blog, we’ll discuss the Tunisian crochet in the round. Like regular knitting and crocheting, Tunisian crochet in the round requires different tools and techniques. There are many ways to make a circumference in the Tunisian craft which we’ll be discussing below.

Before we start, gather your supplies.

1. Crochet Hooks- Tunisian Crochet Hooks for Tunisian crochet in the round

While it is known that Tunisian craft requires a Tunisian crochet hook but there are many types of Tunisian crochet hooks available in various sizes and lengths. The reason that the Tunisian crochet hooks are different than regular single-ended crochet hooks is the techniques of the craft. Similar to knitting, Tunisian crochet picks up stitches on the length of the needle and in this case the hook and works them in the next step.

For this unique crocheting technique, the most popular hooks are- the Interchangeable Tunisian crochet hooks. While they look like regular crochet hooks they have the option to attach an interchangeable cord (similar to the knitting needles) with a stopper at the end. Just like in the circular knitting needles, the cords for Interchangeable Tunisian crochet hooks are available in lengths starting from 8″ to 49″ depending on the length or circumference of your project. Even the Interchangeable Tunisian crochet hook sets (with various size hooks and cords) are the best option for the unique craft and work for working flat as well as in the round. Besides, these options are a single-ended hook with an extra length, for example, a pair of single-pointed knitting needles and even a double-ended crochet hook, with the same hook size on either end for the craft.

2. Yarn

Tunisian crochet in the round does not require any particular yarn. You can work with any yarn weight on one or two colors. For practice, any yarn in your stash will do but if you are following a pattern follow the yarn instructions carefully.

3. Pattern

There are many patterns for Tunisian crochet in the round for hats, cowls and more. For practice, you may take a pattern or simply work a simple design of your own while working in the round.

How to do circular Tunisian crochet 

Tunisian crochet works in a two-row pattern. First, you pick up stitches on the crochet hook and in the next row you work on the stitches. To crochet in the round, pick a Tunisian crochet hook size that is usually 1-2 sizes bigger than the recommended on the yarn label or even the pattern. A looser tension will reduce the curling which is a distinctive feature of the unique crochet craft. A crochet hook size H (5mm) is perfect for beginners. Refer to our guide on mastering Tunisian crochet to know more about two-row stitch making.

Step 1 - Chain the Foundation 

Chain the foundation with your crochet hook. Make a slip knot first. Chain as many stitches as mentioned in the pattern. For practice, you can work with 30-40 stitches. To join the round, join the first and the last chain stitches with a slip stitch. The most important thing to take care of is to check that chain stitches are not twisted.

The chain stitches work like regular crochet, the loops can lie on your craft table or hang from the hook. But the foundation row works by picking up stitches on the crochet hook. Pick up stitches one by one on the hook. As the stitches are in the round you may face some struggle to pick all the stitches, which brings us to the next step.

Step 2 - The Magic Loop 

Similar to the magic loop in knitting, now you’ll work the magic loop technique with the interchangeable cord. If you are aware of the magic loop in knitting, you’ll know how to pull the cord away from the crochet hook out from one end or from any middle point. This way, you get to re-arrange the stitches on the cord and free up the hook to continue crocheting. Continue to work to the end of the round. Place a locking stitch marker to mark the start of the round.

Pull the hook or cord to re-arrange the stitches whenever you get to the point that the stitches are not freely moving. Then you can continue crocheting.

Tunisian Crochet in the Round

Step 3 - Returning row in Circular Tunisian crochet 

After you’ve worked the foundation row, the next row entails working the stitches off the Tunisian crochet hook. Here the steps become different than regular crocheting. Join the beginning and the end of the round by inserting the hook into the first stitch on the left side. Now, make a yarn over, and pull the yarn through that stitch. Continue pulling through the first stitch on the right hook. Instead of working the first stitch, pull through 2 stitches (the first and the last). Continue working on the returning pass.

Step 4 – Working the Tunisian Crochet Stitches 

With the foundation set you can now decide what stitch to knit next. Take a look at the basic Tunisian crochet stitches. You can work with The Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) or any other stitch mentioned in the pattern. Keep doing the forwarding and returning rows until the length mentioned in the pattern or at least 10-15 rounds for practice.

Step 5 - Bind off 

To finish off the project, you need to bind off. Crochet slip stitches work the best. It does not add to the height of the fabric and you have neat edges. Make slip stitches through the vertical bars and the loop on the hook without any yarn over. This will close any holes in between stitches and create a nice chain stitch edge. Cut the yarn and thread through a finishing needle (a size smaller than the crochet hook size).

Step 6 - Weave in the yarn end 

To make the beginning edge look nicer, undo the first slip knot. With the yarn tail close the gaps in the seam and weave in the end.

Tunisian crochet in the round is a beautiful art, one that opens up endless possibilities. You can crochet a Tunisian hat or a cowl or something to decorate your home. Refer to our previous guide on how to change colors in Tunisian crochet and very soon you’ll master everything about the craft and create your desired projects. For a superior finish on your projects, explore the Lantern Moon collection for premium crochet hooks, knitting needles and accessories. Handcrafted by skilled artisans, needles, hooks and even sets from the collection are designed for an effortless crafting experience. Lantern Moon’s Bequest Set offers 6 sizes of Tunisian hooks, 3 pairs of interchangeable cords, wooden caps, a tightening tool, etc., perfect for all kinds of Tunisian crocheting and even other regular crochet projects if you do not attach the cord.

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