Tunisian Crochet Basket


This week’s Iron Craft Challenge was about making something that looks like something else. I had a problem coming up with what I wanted to do, and then I thought about Tunisian crochet, which looks kind of woven (and while you’re doing it, it looks more like knitting because you have multiple stitches on your hook at once and work in rows, which is not the way crochet usually works. tunisian crochet basket

How to Work Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is pretty simple. Usually you need a Tunisian crochet hook, which is longer or has a cable on the end, but this project is so small you could do it on a regular hook. tunisian crochet tutorial

To begin, make a chain of the number of stitches needed. I used 20.

Pick up the top loop of the chain closest to the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave the loop on the hook. Repeat across until you have 20 loops on the hook. working back in tunisian crochet

To work back, yarn over, pull up a loop and pull it through the first loop on the hook. Yarn over, pull through a loop and pull through the first two loops on the hook. Continue to pull through two loops each time until one stitch remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

Skip the loop closest to the hook, and pick up the front top loop of the second stitch in the chain. Yarn over, pull up a loop and leave it on the hook. Continue across. second row tunisian crochet

Work back as before.

Continue to desired length.

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This is a scrap project if ever there was one. Use whatever you have on hand and a hook one size smaller than the ball band calls for (I used Red Heart Designer Sport and a size H6/5mm hook).

Chain 20 and work in Tunisian crochet as explained above until piece measures about 9 inches, or desired length. The 9 inches is the full length of the two long sides and the bottom of the basket. Cut yarn and fasten off last stitch.

Find the center 3 inches of one of the long sides of the piece, pick up and stitch across 3 inches (this was 10 stitches for me). Work until this piece for 3 inches, or until it is as long as the sides of the basket are tall (it will be one of the side pieces). Fasten off.

Repeat on the other side. Fasten off. Sew the sides of these pieces to the sides of the long piece to make a basket shape.

I found mine a great size for holding all the little knitting things that accumulate by my seat on the couch.

Have you ever worked Tunisian crochet? I’d love to know how you used it.

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