This cotton scarf is a quick Tunisian crochet project, ideal for beginners.
- 150g Raeesah cotton
- 6mm Tunisian crochet hook
- 4mm crochet hook
ch – chain, dc – double crochet, sc – single crochet, st/s – stitch/es, yo – yarn over
This scarf is worked in gobelin stitch, also called net, waffle or full stitch. It differs from other Tunisian crochet stitches in that it’s worked in the space between stitches, as opposed to the vertical bars of the stitches. It’s worked with an
equal number of stitches. In this four row pattern, rows 2 and 4 are identical, and rows 1 and 3 differ only in respect of the position of the first and last stitch, as stitches are staggered.
Tip: Keep counting your stitches until you become familiar with the workings of the stitch.
Using 6mm Tunisian crochet needle, make a slip knot and ch 33.
Foundation row: dc into the 2nd ch from your hook, dc into remaining ch [32sts].
Complete one backward pass, to end with one loop.
Row 1 (forward pass): insert hook into first space, yo, pull up a loop. Insert hook into space between the next two
vertical bars, yo and pull up a loop. Repeat to end, until two vertical bars remain. Skip the last space and insert hook into end st, yo and pull through loop. [32sts]
Row 2 (backward pass): yo, pull through first loop on the hook, yo and pull through two loops. Continue across until
one loop remains.
Row 3 (forward pass): skip the first two vertical bars, insert hook into space between second and third bar, yo and
pull through loop. Work as row one until last space. Insert hook into last space, yo and pull through, then insert into
end st, yo and pull through. [32sts]
Row 4 (backward pass): as row 2. Work until scarf measures 140cm, making sure your last row is a row 4.
To cast off, work a row of dc, working into the first vertical bar until one loop remains. Fasten off but do not cut yarn.
Single crochet/slip stitch border: Switch to 4mm crochet hook. With right side facing, work sc into each space
around the border of the scarf to neaten the edges. Fasten off and work in ends.
Blocking this piece will reduce some of the natural bias that occurs with Tunisian crochet, and will flatten some of the
curling also common to this technique. We blocked our garment using steam.
Step-by-step Tunisian Gobelin stitch
CROCHET: JANINE COLLINS STYLING: SUZANNE SESINK CLEE MODEL: LAUREN, ICE MODELS MAKE-UP: ADELLE JUNG PHOTO: DYLAN SWART
Magazine issue date: Jun, 2017