This resource page is for the original 2016 class. In 2018 I expanded the topic to include non-Tunisian stitches too. It’s called Self-Healing Crochet Stitches to Cut and its resource page is here.
Here’s a clickable list of resources for my 2016 national guild Steeked Tunisian Crochet Lace class. You’ll find patterns for designs shown, books mentioned, & articles recommended in class. Also, fashion inspiration for taking this topic in expressive new directions.
Designs & Patterns
- My published Tunisian Crochet downloadable patterns. Direct links: Mesmer pattern. Smokestack pattern.
- Original post about the Mesmer pattern release.
- Public photo album for the Mesmer and Maze Vest designs.
- All of Vashti’s Tunisian crochet projects in Ravelry (of these 60, see especially Mesmer, Smoky, Mist, Zylpha, Marshmallow, Neck Lattice, Ostara, Shaktism, Melusine.)
Steeked Tunisian Lace Designs by Others
- Self-updating search results for all steeked crochet patterns in Ravelry (total of 8 as of 6/1/16; 1 is Tunisian crochet).
- Self-updating search results for steeked crochet projects in Ravelry (13 as of 6/1/16).
- In Flickr, a search for steeked brought up over 600 knit-based images; steeked + tunisian brought up zero aside from my own images.
The Fun Fast Fashions Part!
The full title of this class is Steek (Cut) Tunisian Crochet Lace for Fun, Fast Fashions. I felt the need to differentiate this topic from steeking knit fair isle sweaters and other existing reasons for steeks. Three strong fashion trends converge in this 3-hour class: Clean net lace, graphic/linear texture, and fringe. I’ve created a Pinterest board for each trend:
- To Try with Tunisian Crochet Nets (linear, visually directional fabric grain as design element)
- Steeks: Ideas These are often simple shapes that become magically wearable and trendy with just a steek or two.
- Trend: the New Fringe (I thought today’s fringe was a passing fad but it continues to have a lot of mojo! That’s great for us. Many steeked Tunisian lace nets beg to be fringed.) If you cut a steek across several rows, turning that cut edge into fringe is the ideal thing to do with all the ends.
- Trend: Simple Crochet Mesh Nets It’s a classic fabric with fresh boho looks. It’ll be a long-term trend because it’s also now going urbane-futuristic-techie.
Recommended issues of Vashti’s Crochet Inspirations Newsletter
- Issue #49 ‘TEKSplorations’ for Tunisian Lace 04/20/2013
- Issue #26 Fun With Stitch Blocking (Uses Tunisian extended stitches as examples)
- Issue #28 Mohairs for Crochet (Weightless Wrap is the ultimate example)
- A Powerful Tunisian Crochet Stitch to Love (the Tunisian Extended Knit Stitch, Dec. 2011)
- My Favorite Way to Add a Professional Look Fast (blocking lace with mist as you go)
- Tunisian Crochet Lace: New Habits (for Tunisian lace beginners)
Books re: Steeked Tunisian Lace?
I could find nothing in books about steeking Tunisian crochet, even though it is so fun, easy, and versatile! (If you know of a source, please leave a comment.) Below are a few books that include some extended stitch patterns.
- 2000 (1991), Rebecca Jones: Tricot Crochet The Complete Book, Lacis Pubs., Berkeley CA. ISBN 978-1-891656-28-6.
- Offers three interesting variations of the Tunisian extended stitch net I used for Mesmer: “Open Mesh”, “Josephine Stitch”, and “Point de Chantilly”.
- The author states, “This makes a very open stitch which grows very quickly. It’s a good stitch to use with a long-fibre mohair for scarfs and stoles.”
- 2004, Angela “ARNie” Grabowski: Encyclopedia of Tunisian Crochet, LoneStar Abilene Pubg LLC, TX. ISBN 978-0-974972-55-8
- The author shows several swatches of extended Tunisian stitches. See pages 34-43.
- 2004, Carolyn Christmas and Dorris Brooks: 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches™, Annies Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-931171-74-8
- 2008: Tunisian Crochet Patterns 100, Nihon Amimono Bunka Kyo-kai, Japan ISBN 978-4-529-04484-4
- 2009, Kim Guzman: Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches, Annie’s Attic, IN. ISBN 978-1-59635-264-3
- 2014, Kim Guzman: Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide.