Colors, Hooks, and more for your Tunisian Delight Sampler!

Y’all! We’re about 11 days away from the official kick off of our Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan May 2020 Crochet Along! It’s officially time to choose our colors, gather our supplies, and get a little sneak peek of what we’ll be covering over the month of May!

Remember, you can find all the info (including yarn amounts and such) in this blog post here!

So, I thought it might be a little helpful to have a nice little video walking you all through the materials, tools, and each of the blocks! I cover all the stitches we’ll be learning together too! How fun is that?

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Alright, so once you’ve watched that, let’s come on back and we’ll chat colors and crochet hooks!

Choosing Colors is HARD

I’m usually pretty indecisive when it comes to choosing colors for my various crochet projects. Most of the time I just throw some yarn in a pile and choose what looks good depending on what is next to each other. That’s how I chose the colors for my original Tunisian Delight!

With that said, I wanted to make a second version in some other colors! Something totally different from the original version. Yesterday, I posted this photo:

These were the color combos I ultimately settled on!

Four.

Four different choices.

What the heck!

I asked my friends over on Instagram (don’t forget you can follow me here) and the winning combo was the upper left!

I’m actually really excited about this combo! The main afghan will be white with pops of the brights. I’m even thinking a bright red border would be cool too!

That’s what is so great about this CAL, it’s a true stash buster. We’re going to work our way through all these blocks and use up that stash we’ve got hanging out!

Have you chosen your colors? Remember, you can snap a pic and share them with us in my Facebook Group, Rohn Strong’s Crochet Club!

But what about the hook?

I’ve received a slew of questions about the crochet hook we’ll be using for this crochet along. Most people have at least one tunisian crochet hook in their stash and, if you’re like me, we’ve got more than a few!

Now, if you don’t have a tunisian hook in your stash you can just use a regular ole standard hook!

How?

Well, with a little ingenuity!

Here are a few crochet hooks from my collection:

There are two types of hooks here, those with thumb rests (the two blue hooks and green hook) and those without (the red wood and blond wood).

If you have any hooks that look like those without thumb rests, you can made this afghan!

All you need to do is add a rubber band at the base of your hook. This works best when you use an actual rubber band, not a hair tie or anything like that. You want this to really grip the wood.

This rubber band will help keep the stitches on the hook! For real! It’s SO easy and fast to turn any crochet hook like this into a miniature tunisian crochet hook! I even went ahead and did a little tunisian simple stitch swatch just to show you it works!

See! Those stitches aren’t going anywhere! They fit neatly on the hook and it’s really comfy to use. Tunisian crochet hooks can hold a ton of stitches. These blocks each measure about 9.5 inches and this hook is only 6″ long! I could easily fit a bunch more stitches on the hook without getting overwhelmed at all!

Alright, that’s it for today! I hope y’all are having a happy and healthy week out there! Remember, we’re going to start our Tunisian Delight Sampler Crochet Along next week, May 1st!

I’ll have another post next Tuesday all about gauge and how to measure gauge on a tunisian swatch, so stay tuned for that!

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BABY Billow Beanie Free Crochet Hat Pattern

Y’all! My love of last week’s free pattern, the Billow Beanie, knows no bounds. I absolutely am obsessed with the texture in every stitch. This week I have a little bit of a modification, if you will!

It’s still the same great pattern…just perfect for a little baby!


The Baby Billow Pattern is worked from the top down (that means you’ll start at the crown and crochet down to the brim!). The hat features gorgeous Front Post Triple Crochet stitches offset to create that unique texture!

For the Baby Billow, I wanted to capitalize on this texture without having to make it any more complicated. The answer? Just change the gauge!

Now, remember, I have a step by step video tutorial available on my Youtube Channel HERE! Make sure you subscribe to my channel while you’re there too!

The Baby Billow is worked exactly as the Billow Beanie just using a smaller hook and a different yarn.

This Yarn is AMAZING

I chose to work with Lion Brand Feels Like Butta! and BOY was I surprised. This yarn is the kind of soft that you only feel in those fancy high end yarns that cost an arm and a leg. Y’all know me, I love JOANN and I love shopping with my coupons and I was so excited to grab a few skeins of this yarn on my last shopping trip.

It’s reasonabily priced, includes a decent amount of yardage, and overall I really love how it works up.

A note to the wise, however, using this yarn at a really tight gauge kinda takes all the softness away. So, that means, if you have to go down a few hook sizes to make this hat using this yarn, it’s not going to be luscious and soft. Crochet is just a bunch of knots after all. When you stack tight knots close together, it doesn’t matter how soft the yarn is, it’s not going to feel like it, you know?

Gauge is KEY

This hat was sized down simply by taking advantage of a thinner yarn and smaller crochet hook. It’s important to note that the gauge recommended for this pattern is just a suggestion based on what yarn and hook I used. It’s important to note that I didn’t make any changes to the original pattern. I just changed the yarn and hook combo.

I really encourage each of you to test out your gauge when making this hat. Work the first few rounds and see what that get’s you! Then go from there.

Your best success will be by using the same yarn/hook combo I recommend here.

BILLOW BEANIE PATTERN

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Materials:
US size F/5 3.75mm Crochet Hook
1 skein Lion Brand Yarn Feels Like Buttah Yarn (100% Polyester;
Scissors
Tape Measure
Tapestry Needle

Finished Sizes:

One Size – 16″ Finished Circumference

Finished Measurements

Finished Circumference: 16 inches

Finished Height: 5.75 inches

Gauge:

Rnds 1-4 = 2.5″, unblocked

ABBREVIATIONS

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double Crochet
Sc = Single Crochet
Fptr = Front Post Treble Crochet

PATTERN NOTES:

  • Hat is worked in joined rounds from the crown to the brim.
  • Stitch counts accompany each round. Take time to count stitches to ensure accuracy.
  • Ch-3 counts as a st throughout.

BABY Billow Beanie Pattern

CROWN

Make a Magic Loop

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 9dc in ring, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3, do not turn. (10 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2sc in each dc around, join to 1st sc, do not turn. (20 sc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, *Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, 2dc in next sc; rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3, do not turn. (10 Fptr and 20 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, *2sc in first st, sc in each of the next 2 sts; rep from * around, join to 1st sc, do not turn. (40 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, *Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, dc in next sc; rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3, do not turn. (20 Fptr and 20 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 1, *2sc in first st, sc in each of the next 3 sts; rep form * around, join to 1st sc, do not turn. (50 sc)

Rnd 7: Ch 3, *Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, dc in next sc, Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, dc in each of the next 2 sc; rep from * around 9 times, Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, dc in next sc, Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, dc in last sc, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3, do not turn. (20 Fptr and 30 dc)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, *2sc in first st, sc in each of the next 4 sts; rep from * around, join to 1st sc, do not turn. (60 sc)

Rnd 9: Ch 3, *Fptr around beg ch-3 of row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made, *dc in next sc, Fptr around post of next dc 1 row below, sk sc behind Fptr just made; rep from * around, join to 3rd ch of beg ch 3, do not turn. (30 Fptr and 30 dc)

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join to 1st sc, do not turn.

Rep Rnds 9 and 10 until hat measures about 5″

Next Rnd: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join to 1st sc, do not turn.

Rep last Rnd twice more.

Last Rnd: Ch 1, reverse sc in each st around, join to 1st reverse sc. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.

And that’s it friends! The BABY Billow Beanie is here and he is READY for his close up! I would love to see your finished BABY Billow Beanie’s so, head to Instagram and make sure you tag #billowbeanie and #rohnstrong so I’ll see it! Then head to the Rohn Strong Makers Group and share your work!

Scipio Shawl Crochet Pattern

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You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

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I have this thing about shawls. Especially Pi shawls, those shawls that are as easy to design as they are to crochet up! If you’ve never crocheted a shawl before…The Scipio Shawl is for you!

You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

This shawl was originally designed with the beginner crocheter in mind. It’s one of those ‘skill builder’ projects. You begin with a few stitches in single crochet and work your way up to triple crochets. All the increases are really simple to do and done all at once.

The best thing? Gauge and counting don’t really matter all that much! Seriously!

The beauty of math.

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The super simple shape and basic stitches make this piece the perfect canvas for color changing yarns, like Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, which is what I used here, but more on that later.

You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

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The best part about this shawl? It can be made in a number of sizes. Seriously! Because it is crocheted from the top down, you don’t have to worry about having enough yarn or getting too bored…just stop whenever you want!

The pattern is written for a nice sized shawl, about 60 inches across and 24 inches deep. Honestly, it doesn’t take long to get their either. A lot of the stitches are triple crochet, which means it flies right off the hook. I made mine in just two days.

You can purchase the pattern HERE for just $3. The price will go up on July 27th, 2018, so get it while you can.

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Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love color changing yarns…but I hate that I can’t choose the colors inside. I chose to use Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball in the colorway, Unique Unicorn. This was the perfect blend of colors for me…except the grey. That color just threw it all off for me. I actually didn’t work with the yarn I purchased because of that color. Then, I got an idea, why not just cut it out? So…that’s what I did. I worked right up to that color, cut the entire color out, rejoined the yarn and kept going! DIY Maker HACK!

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This shawl can be made in just about any weight yarn, you’ll just want to adjust the hook size for the yarn you have. Here’s a handy guide:

Fingering: I/9
DK: J/10
Worsted: K/10.5
Bulky: L/8mm
Super Bulky: 10mm

Keep in mind that although I used Shawl in a Ball, and it happens to be a worsted weight yarn, it works up like a fingering, which is why I chose a I/9 5.5mm crochet hook.

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My Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns

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Crochet socks are, as most of you may know, my favorite item to make. They are quick, easy, fun, and don’t take a whole lot of skill to complete. If you can crochet a hat, you can crochet a sock! Seriously!

The biggest thing you’ll have to tackle is fit. Once you’ve got the fit down, you’ve got the skills you need!

Today, I want to share with you my Top 5 FREE Crochet Sock Patterns I’ve made. They come from Lion Brand, Red Heart, and Myself. Working on these socks will help you improve your skills and set you up for success when you want to start working on more complicated socks later on.

These socks are all beginner and listed in no particular order. Simply click the links, head to the websites and go to town!


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1. Le Becque Socks

We’ll begin with one of my favorite patterns I’ve designed. The Le Becque Socks. These were for a free Crochet Along I had with the folks over at Furls Crochet Hooks. The pattern is still available online, though. The pattern is in three parts so you’ll just want to follow weeks 1-4 for all the info. They are a lot of fun and super stretchy. So, you won’t have to be too persnickety about fit!

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2. Surf and Sand Socks

Okay so these might not be the most beginner of all the beginner socks but I can’t express just how fun they are. I designed these with variegated yarn in mind. I really wanted a type of stitch that would play with the yarn in the best way possible! I love how they came out…and that heel? So comfortable!

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3. Men’s Crochet Socks

Lion Brand hit the mark with these fresh and fun crochet socks designed for men. A reinforced heel and classic toe allow the vanilla style sock construction to shine through. I love these socks and they’d work for just about anyone – not just men. I’d only caution on the fit. Take time to make a gauge swatch and measure well! Lion Brand sock yarn doesn’t have the most amount of stretch in it.

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4. Cozy at Home Crochet Socks

I learned to crochet socks from Karen Whooley and it wouldn’t be polite to list all my fav crochet socks and not include a design of hers. The Cozy at Home Crochet Socks are made for wearing around the house and look as comfy as they probably are. I’m not a huge fan of calling slippers…socks…because, well, they’re not. But I’m forgiving this small mistake because…honestly…look at that pink!

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5. Colorful Crochet Socks

These socks are just fun to look at and easy to make. The cuff is worked horizontally which means you get all the east of working in rows and the stretch it offers! They work up super fast too. I’d work both cuffs, then move onto the feet from there! No second sock syndrome.

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Crochet Woodburn Tee

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Summer is here and I’m all about it. I get it from my Mama (who just might be my beautiful model here!!) who loves the sun just as much as I do. Summer in the south is exciting and perfect and just MADE for crochet! The Tunisian Woodburn Tee is perfect lightweight crochet project that works up in a day or two.

I knew as soon as I saw this yarn floating around Instagram, I just had to have it. Wool and The Gang XL Cotton is, by far, my fav super bulky cotton yarn I’ve seen! It’s soft, lightweight, hardwearing, and comes in a range of soft colors that are right on trend.

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I wanted to design a fun summer garment for you all that showcased this yarn and featured my favorite crochet technique, Tunisian Crochet. It’s an easy tee, worked side to side, that’s as easy to wear as it is to make! You just need to know how to work the Tunisian simple, knit, and purl stitches! Not sure how to work those? Check out some of my FAV youtube tutorials from Kim Guzman below!

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Purl Stitch

Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch

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You know that I LOVE Tunisian crochet and simple summer garments. I hope you’ll love working up this top as much as I did. Before we get started, just a quick note, while the bust of this top is easy to adjust once you get going, the length should be adjusted before beginning. This is a pretty standard tee length, but if you’d like a longer top, try going up a size (this won’t affect the bust just the length).

Let’s chat about yarn for a minute, shall we? I love super bulky yarn – how can you not? This top can be made in ANY super bulky yarn you have on hand. You could even hold a few strands of worsted weight together if you want.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

To make this garment, you’ll need:

1. Wool and the Gange XL Cotton (Weight: 6/Super Bulky – 100g/82yds)

  • Color A: Light Blue Jeans 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4) Balls
  • Color B: Oh My Blush 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) Balls

2. Size M/N-13 (9mm) Hook (see below)

  • This is a larger hook size and I’m sure you’re wondering what the heck those letters mean, so here’s the thing. The M/N is because hook makers can’t make up their mind and change hook letters and sizes like crazy. It’s silly. So, this size has TWO letters. The number ’13’ is because it’s corresponding to a number size when the letters got all confusing. My advice is to shop based on the Millimeter size, in this case, 9mm. A quick Amazon search will yield tons of results.

3. Tapestry Needle 

4. Measuring tape and/or ruler

Sizes

XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

Finished Bust Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56) inches.
To Fit: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Finished Length: 22 (22.5, 23, 23.5, 24, 24)” Length

  • Choose a size that is about 2″ smaller than your actual bust measurement. The best way to find out what size you’ll like it so measure your favorite shirt or sweater. Just keep in mind that crochet doesn’t stretch a whole lot, so if you are bustier you might want to choose a size or two larger. 

Gauge: 6.25 Stitches and 10 rows = 4inches in Tunisian Knit Stitches

Abbreviations (US Terms):

Ch – chain

Tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

Tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

St(s) – Stitch(es)

Skill Level

Level 3 – Advanced Beginner

Notes

  1. This top fits true to size. The model shown is 5’4″ tall with a 38″ bust and wearing the size medium.
  2. The pattern is written for size small with other sizes shown within the parenthesis. To make the pattern a bit more easy to follow, simply print it out, highlight your size, and work through the pattern.
  3. Read the pattern from beginning to end first.
  4. Each row of the written pattern accounts for the fwp and retp of that stitch whereas “Tss each stitch across” = work tts forward pass and return pass before moving on to Row 2.
  5. This top is worked in 2 pieces. 1 each identical front and back panels.
  6. All sizing is fitted and based on the CYC sizing regulations. Use this guide or the measurements above to determine what size range you fall into. Always choose one size up in tunisian crochet. 

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Pattern:

Front and Back

With A, Ch 50 (56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86)

*If a longer tee is desired, choose one size up.

Foundation Row: Draw up lp in 2nd ch and in each ch across. Rtn: Yo, draw through 1 lp, *yo, draw through 2 lps; rep from * across. 

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw through the first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook.

Return Pass is same throughout.

Row 1: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Row 2: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these two rows once more. 

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Change to Color B, if desired. 

Continue in Tks for a further 44 (45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50) rows. If a wider top is desired, simply add more rows until it is your desired width.

Change to Color A.

Next Row: Tks in each st across.

Next Row: *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Next Row: Tps, *Tss, Tps; rep from * across to last st, Tss in last st.

Rep these last two rows once more. 

Next Row: Sl st in each st across.

Finish off yarn, weave in all ends.

Finishing

Shouler Seams

Once finished, you’ll want to turn the work 90 degrees so that Color A will be on the sides of the garment, and the stitches are running horizontally instead of vertically. Beginning at the outside and working your way in, seam the shoulders using a mattress stitch. You’ll need to leave a large enough opening for your head to fit through. This can vary, so try it on and see if you like the way it looks at this point.

Also, as you’ve noticed, the tunisian knit stitch has a tendency to have a nice edge of stitches and a wonky edge. The wonky edge is often on the right side of the work. Try hiding this near the waistline.

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Side Seams

With a spare piece of yarn (about 24-36 inches long), use a mattress stitch to seam up the sides of your cardigan. The ends with Color A will be on the sides of your cardigan.

Leave armholes that measure approximately 7.5 (7.5, 8, 8, 9, 9)”

With Crochet Hook about 2 sizes smaller than that you used in the garment (that would be a K/6.5mm for me) and Color B, single crochet in each stitch around the neckline. Using the same hook and Color A, work 2-3 rounds of single crochet at the hem to finish off the tee and give it a more polished look. This is totally optional but I do love how it looks.

Finish off and weave in the remaining ends.

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