Tunisian crochet Workshop

Tunisian Crochet Workshop In May

I was approached by Ashla Ward a while ago with the view to having a Tunisian Crochet Workshop Weekend in May. Ashla runs a Knit and Crochet group in NUI Galway and booked me for the workshop. I’m delighted and really look forward to immersing myself in Tunisian Crochet and not least the wilds of Co Mayo for a weekend in May.

Ashla contacted me the other day and told me that there are still a few places left for the course, so if you are interested all the details for content and booking can be found below!

Essence of Mulranny Weekend 24-26th of May 2013

Dane's Tunisian Vest

The Cost
Accommodation and all meals (2 dinners, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts) plus two full days of classes with Irene Lundgaard for €190.

About the Accommodation & Studio
Essence of Mulranny (EOM)

Overlooking Clew bay the EOM house and studio is set in beautiful Mulranny with a blue flag beach nearby. The owner Cheryl Cobern Browne is passionate about craft and the environment and is a welcoming host. All the meals are provided during the stay and Cheryl cooks healthy and delicious foods. The house is modern and spacious with 10 bedrooms including 3 en-suites and some shared bathrooms.  The class will take place in the round tower studio that Cheryl has built on the grounds to facilitate crafting groups. The studio will be for the use of group and is left open throughout the stay. ‘Making available the things I am most passionate about is not only a privilege, but deeply enriching for me too – every time.’ Taken from her website

Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian crochet is a cross between knitting and crochet.  The distinctive fabric created by this technique looks woven and has very many uses particularly in soft furnishing, bags and not least jackets as well as the traditional use of blankets. Tunisian crochet is typically worked on a long hook with a stopper on the end – similar to a knitting needle.

The techniques taught will be classical Tunisian Crochet and there will be an emphasis on colour work (including intarsia) and texture as well as an element of design.

Day 1 Basic techniques
Day 2 Working circular including designing your own hat or bag.

Materials needed
Double ended Tunisian Crochet Hook size 5 or 6 mm and Aran weight yarn in different colours.
A limited number of hooks will be available for sale at the workshop.

To book
Contact Ashla Ward, 086 1936620
or email

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Tunisian Cushion Pattern Release

Tunisian Love Heart Cushion by Irene Lundgaard - buttonIt is InterNational Crochet Month, or InterNatCroMo as it is also known, and I thought it would be appropriate to release a pattern to celebrate.
I am therefore delighted to announce the pattern release for the Tunisian Love Heart Cushion.

I really enjoyed making the cushion which is worked in pure Icelandic Alafoss Lopi. The cushion is warm and durable – and colourful too and it can obviously be worked in any chunky yarn where you can get gauge.

The finished cushion size 50×50 cm (20×20 in) in size, the yarn usage is some 600 g of yarn and a 10 mm (US N/P) Tunisian Crochet hook is needed. The pattern is charted intarsia and it is available in both a UK and a US versions and very soon, it will also be available in Danish.

The cushion works up quite fast – not a bad thing for a spot of instant gratification. I like the odd bit of instant crochet gratification. Don’t you?

Price: €3.50

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Robust Love Hearts

I’m preparing the Tunisian Crochet workshop for Denmark at the end of March and felt I needed to have something new up my sleeve for it. Out came the brutish 10mm hook, the Alafoss Lopi and the love hearts. It is Valentines tomorrow too and my sofa could do with a bit of an “update” so I combined the two…

Front of Tunisian Crochet Cusion with hearts in red burgundy blue green and curry in Alafoss Lopi by Irene LundgaardYellow back of Tunisian Crochet Cusion in Alafoss Lopi by Irene Lundgaard
Front of Tunisian Crochet Cusion with hearts in red burgundy blue green and curry in Alafoss Lopi by Irene Lundgaard 2
Robust Love Heart Cushion in Tunisian Simple Stitch
Irene Lundgaard 2012

The rather boisterous front and the toned down back will prop me up on the sofa just nice and cosy.

It’s a beginner’s class so I didn’t want to make anything too complicated and it isn’t. That is, if you don’t consider very much end-away-weaving complicated… I feel another simpler project lurching and I feel a “His and Hers” job coming on.

The cushion is worked in Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) in Alafoss Lopi from Istex. I used a 10mm hook to lighted the otherwise heavy fabrick that TSS normally makes in a chunky weight yarn. The cushion measures 50×50 cm. I have not weighed the cushion cover but I gauge it took some 400g of yarn. The technique can best be described as Tunisian Crochet Intarsia. I am currently finalizing the pattern which will be available soon, I just need to test a few critical points before it’s released into the wild.

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Spring-colour Tangle

Spring has definitely sprung. The daffodils are nodding prettily tête-a-tête in my garden-wilderness and the birds are courting and nesting galore.

IMG_0579smallSpring-colour Tangle

Spring even found it’s way to my Tunisian hook too. The spring-colour tangle in the picture is a Neck Wedge I had left to it’s own devises for a while and basically given up on but then I tried it on the other day when the sun was out but with a definite nip in the air. Experience tells me that it will be nippy for another while and the Neck Wedge might just keep a cold at bay. I then realized I had a remnant of the severe green Artesano Aran and thought I would make another pair of fingerless mittens. Once they were done I realized that there might be enough of the Schoppel Wolle Pur for another little neck warmer ideal for golfers, or so my golfing relations tell me, so out came the yellow Artesano Aran remnant from the yellow fingerless mittens. And here I am, almost done with a pile of Spring-colour Tangle to keep me warm, and who knows, that Neck Wedge might even find it’s way onto paper…

Note: Nic, the master of cables and lacy Miss Potter mittens came up with the Wedge name idea, for that I am grateful! Oh, I just re-realized she has me tagged for a bit of Hodge Podge… Better get going.

Yarns are available at The Yarn Room.

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March Crochet Class Schedule

IMG_0152smallMarch is nigh and my new class schedule is now available. March will be all Tunisian crochet classes. I’m besotted with that technique and look forward to sharing it with others.
I found the softest combination of wool in Artesano Alpaca and Schoppel Wolle Pur and  made a pair of fingerless mittens in a spring yellow – just for fun. They are so soft and nice and soft and, well, springy…

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Tunisian Vest With Sleeves-to-be

I love the texture of Tunisian Crochet and not least the colour options, they are near to endless.


A good while back I started this vest in tubular Tunisian Crochet but never really finished it. It is worked in Lett Lopi on hook size 9 to avoid it being too heavy as the fabric becomes quite dense in Tunisian.


I never finished the vest as I couldn’t really decide what to do with it. The current weather has made me see the light though. I definitely need to make some sleeves for it. Once they are done it will be the warmest garment ever. It was my intention to work out a pattern for it, but I have mislaid my notes and that to me is a sign that this is meant to be just a once off garment. One day, I may set to work on another one and I may even manage to remember where I have my notes for it…

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Pick Up Your Needles at Rathwood

The weekend is nearing with speed and all the classes for the next Pick Up Your Needles are filling up just nicely although there are still free spaces available in both spinning, felting, knitting and crochet. Are you going to join us for a day of fibre and rocking of wool?

You can book your place right here!

While you go booking your space I will sew away some ends and work out a couple of other sizes of the Dane’s Tunisian Vest that I am working in the Létt-lopi yarn… Oh, the exitement of the coulurs alone!

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Just One More Row

I have been busy with all sorts of small and large projects that needed to be completed but unfortunately, none of all these projects left me much time to have my hands on the hook although the Dane’s Tunisian Vest is quite attention seeking in that insistent way.


I find myself getting to bed later and later every night as it is one of those ‘just-one-more-row-before-bedtime-projects’. I am about up to the armhole now so I wonder what my bedtime is going to be later on, what with the end being nigh…

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Subliminal Colour Work


I just had a realization. I looked at the picture of the Tunisian piece I am having fun with at the moment and do you know what? The colours are the same as the ones that are in my logo! I completely didn’t see that when I picked the colours for the piece, I just looked at the box of yarn and picked the deep purple first as that is my favourite colour and then the others just followed, even the curry colour and I don’t ‘do’ curry colour at all!

Liselotte obviously work on the subliminal level as well as being a gifted graphic designer. Thank you Liselotte for the inspiration that I had not even realized happening!

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Tunisian Heads Down

Another successful gathering at the work table in The Yarn Room today. They had their heads down in the bright and airy room while cracking the Tunisian code.



They worked hard, coffee, tea and cakes were had and they cracked the code completely! YAY!

On Friday it’s all about Classical Crochet. I better get the hook out…