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Re: Quick Question Written Pattern
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Shyleia message #1
Re: Quick Question Written Pattern
October 18, 2015 at 11:33:28 PM
 
Row 15: White (56), Light Grey (2), White (1), Light Grey (15), Light Purple (1), Light Grey (13), White (62)
Row 15 (return): Ch 1, White (62), Light Grey (13), Light Purple (1), Light Grey (15), White (1), Light Grey (2), White (56)
Row 16: White (43), Light Grey (6), Light Purple (15), Medium Gray (15), Light Purple (4), Medium Gray (1), Light Purple (11), Light Grey (5), White (50)
Row 16 (return): Ch 1, White (50), Light Grey (5), Light Purple (11), Medium Gray (1), Light Purple (4), Medium Gray (15), Light Purple (15), Light Grey (6), White (43)

This is part of a pattern I'm working on. I have never seen a pattern written this way before, and was wondering if I do the "return" rows. So basically do both row 15's and row 16's. This will double the length of my afghan, which I'm fine with, but the graph itself only shows 1 row of each, so I'm a little confused. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Quick Question Written Pattern
October 19, 2015 at 2:21:02 AM  (in response to Shyleia message #1)
 
Welcome!

The pattern in question is Tunisian Crochet.  If you're doing any kind of basic crochet, you've sent your pattern through incorrectly, as Tunisian Crochet.  Tunisian requires a row across of bringing up the loops and a "return" row to pull yarn through the loops.  If you're doing regular crochet, you won't have the "doubled" looking rows.

To redo your pattern as regular crochet, choose "Crochet" in #2 and "Standard" in #3.  Be aware that whatever Tunisian option might look tempting, it's the incorrect technique for regular crochet patterns, and if you work a Tunisian chart as a normal chart, your rows will not only be doubled, the entire project will also be skewed.


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Shyleia message #3
Re: Quick Question Written Pattern
October 19, 2015 at 6:49:35 AM  (in response to Stitchboard Admin message #2)
 
Thank you very much. I was told the way I was crocheting was "tunisan", so that was what I had chosen, however, after using your suggestions, this looks more familiar.  I am new to reading patterns, and a self taught/youtube taught crocheter. Thanks again for your help.


 
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Re: Quick Question Written Pattern
October 20, 2015 at 2:48:26 AM  (in response to Shyleia message #3)
 
You're very welcome.  Smile

I'm not sure why you were told you were crocheting Tunisian, because it doesn't sound to me like you are.  Here's a (sorry, slightly blurry) photo of a Tunisian crochet hook:
http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Afghan-Crochet-Hook-Size/dp/B00097E9R4

If you wait for the above page to load and zoom in by panning your mouse over the photo on the left, you can see the end looks like a knitting needle with a knitting needle end to keep the loops on the hook, and the tip is a hook, not a needle.  So it sort of looks like a hybrid of a knitting needle and crochet hook.

The other way you can tell what you're doing, aside from the afghan hook (and similar variations, such as a hook that is double ended, hooks on both ends, instead of the hook/traditional knitting needle end combo), is if you're picking up loops across for every row, finishing entire rows at once as you return.  If you're making one stitch at a time and each stitch you make is complete before you start on the next - in other words, you're going along with instructions like:
ch 3, sc 2, dc 3...
then that's normal crocheting.  The main thing about Tunisian is you're pulling up loops and not finishing each stitch before you pull up loops all across the row.  With conventional crochet, by the time you finish a row, depending on the size of the piece, you'll be ready to flip the work over and start a new row.  With Tunisian, you're going right to left to pull up the loops and left to right to finish the row, and every time you're facing the resulting fabric the same way, rather than turning it over every other row with traditional crochet.

So if you're not doing any of the stitches I've described as Tunisian, then it's definitely not Tunisian.  Smile

Hope that helps!


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