Item description for 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches by Carolyn Christmas...
Tunisian crochet is a type of crocheting in which each row is made up of two parts--placing loops on the hook, and working them off. The work is not turned, so one side of the work, usually the front, is always facing you.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.02" Width: 8.66" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Apr 25, 2004
Publisher DRG / Annie's Attic
ISBN 1931171742 ISBN13 9781931171748
Reviews - What do customers think about 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches?
Good, but could be better... Feb 28, 2008
I love Carolyn Christmas' designs and Tunisian Crochet, so I had high expectations for this little tome. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed. Instead of a nice juicy explanation of Tunisian, you get like a two paragraph overview, then it launches straight into the stitch explanations on the same page.
Also, of note is the *Easy Tunisian (trademark here)* in the title. Gosh, I thought that meant the stitches were easy! It isn't a problem that they aren't, it is simply misleading. Turns out *Easy Tunisian* is a copyright owned by the author and refers to a set of large tunisian hooks branded *Easy Tunisian* hooks. Unfortunately, never once in the book is it mentioned what size the hooks are (or any indication of the type/weight of yarn used), so heaven help you if you already have a hook that you want to use on hand and try it to get the result in the picture (which is too small IMHO).
One other unfortunate ommission is indexing. It would have been nice to look under a heading entitled popcorn stiches, for instance and get some page references, or stich number reference (see below).
I'm sure this due in large part to the fact that almost none of the stitches have names, just numbers. So if you were looking for say, an explanation of tunisian lace stitch (abbreviated elsewhere in the world as tls), it won't be found here. I mean it might be here, but I can't tell, because there is no reference to lace stitch or tls, and I can't tell from the pictures in the openwork chapter which one it would be. Could be number 47, 22, 99, who knows?
I'm giving this a lukewarm rating due to what I think are publisher problems: no stitch names, small pictures, lack of comprehensive introduction (ok, that one may be an author problem), missing index, misleading titling (how 'bout 101 Stitches to Go with you Easy Tunisian Hooks, Sold Separately), maybe a few examples of projects *using* the stitch would have been helpful or some notes on appropriateness of each stitch for particular projects, not so much author problems.
I still think there is a *mother lode* of tunisian stitch information here. I mean 101 stitches, that's certainly more than the 4 I knew before I got the book. Furthermore, I still love Carolyn Christmas and I still love Tunisian. And I will probably still use the book often, I just wish they'd have made it a little easier!
Great stitching Jan 18, 2008
I bought this book when I was first learning how to do the tunisian crochet method. Being a long time crocheter and part time knitter, I love the quick way crochet makes up, but like the more pliable and stretchy knit for certain projects. However knitting takes me forever and I like to having something done fast. Tunisian or afghan crochet is just what I needed. This book is one that gives so many different adaptable patterns that I have tried just about everyone. It gives a really good explanation of how to do the simple stitch which is really the only one needed for most patterns. I found a website that also gives a demonstration of working the stitches that is helpful also. -http://www.nexstitch.com/v_tunisian_spike.html - It is just different than either knit or crochet and the comfort level with working the yarn has to be mastered on your own. I think that how you work the yarn on and off the needle depends on whether you are basically a knitter or basically a crocheter. Either way this is a must have for those who want to try tunisian, those who are already experienced, and for those who like to try something completely different and a little challenging at first.
101 Tunisan Stitches Oct 6, 2007
Easy to follow instructions and clear pictures. This is the closest to knitting I'll ever get.
Very helpful Mar 30, 2007
I was looking for a book that would help me expand my repertoire of Tunisian crochet stitches, and this was perfect.
Good for what it is Mar 15, 2007
I have been crocheting for years but I have never made anything more than scarves and blankets. I thought this would be a fun book to try new stuff. Oops. It turns out that "Tunisian" is crocheting with a long needle and keeping the loops on the needle and not turning at the end of each row. (Confusing, I know) If you are experienced and know how to crochet this way, this is a great book. It has lots of ideas and stiches but you have to be able to read all the crochet short-hand.