Tunisian crochet

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.


The Current Affairs Basket

A good while back I had this notion to crochet another basket in Ístex Álafoss Lopi. I like crochet for it’s sturdy nature. I also like it for being so easily sculpted into shapes and the fact that it will hold it’s shape if worked densely enough is very inspiring. Álafoss Lopi is the most hard-wearing yarn I think I know and the colours are simply just elegant. The hues and tones are just ever so which is a must in a yarn.

Current Affairs Basket
© Irene Lundgaard 2011

This sturdy woolen bowl is worked in a spiral fashion. The dimensions are approximately 30 cm across and some 11 cm high and it is worked tightly in many strands on a size 8 mm hook.

It is a perfect vessel for holding tools and my current wool affairs.

Crochet Design hyperbolic crochet coral reef

The Fat Plait Bowl

IMG_1977smallWhen I completed The Fat Bowl made from Ingrid Wagner yarn I had this notion that the lovely chunky Álafoss Lopi from Ístex would be ideal for making more of these bowls. I set forth and got myself two balls of the good stuff and went to work with four strands of yarn. My intention was to get a rigid fabric that would hold itself. I first tried on a 15 mm hook, which worked OK, but it did not give the rigid bowl I desired so I changed to a 10 mm hook.

IMG_1980smallThe Fat Plait Bowl © 2010 Irene Lundgaard

The smaller hook was just a pure win although it was hard on the fingers as the hook needed much power and  attention when pulling it through the stitches. I love the rope look of the double crochet stitches and I simply adore the top row of delicious Vs working their way around the edge like a fat plait. This is an ideal little project bowl and it’s simply just fat!

I feel a bag coming on, one with handles and perhaps even an inside pocket. I just need to lay hands on some more yarn…
Don’t you just love an opportunity for a bit of stash increase?

Note: OKOKOKOK, I own up, the project in the bowl i a bit of hyperbolic crochet, have you a problem with that? #obsessivecompulsive