Well, actually I learned that tunisian crochet isn't really from Tunisia, but whatever - I'm doing it! I got 2 of the 3 hooks I ordered in the mail today so I started watching my Craftsy class taught by Jennifer Hansen. She's a great instructor and somehow they get really nice close camera shots when she's showing little things, like where to put your hook. The first project is a spa cloth. Because the hooks I got were the two bigger ones, I didn't go with the dk weight like the pattern is written for. So hers is a beautiful silk dk weight spa cloth and mine is a big bulky weight cotton-from-a-cone rag! That's ok though - it's pretty fun to do! Here's what I've got so far:
Can you see the three different stitches? The bottom part, and up the sides is simple tunisian crochet - it looks kind of woven, like little boxes. Then there's a tunisian knit stitch - which looks just like a knit stitch! Then there's a reverse tunisian crochet which looks like a purl stitch. Those three stitches will make up the cloth - with concentric squares of each. Tunisian crochet is really dense at normal gauge - like armor! in fact, Jennifer Hansen designed a couple corsets for Vogue knitting that are tunisian crochet - I've seen the patterns but never noticed they were not knit! I'm eager to get to the next lesson where we do multicolored things! I think that's going to be similar to the stashbuster blanket that's on the Craftsy website!
Here are some great tunisian crochet garments for inspiration: Anais (a cropped jacket), chain mail beret and cowl,