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Tunisian Crochet diamond shape for 8-pointed star/flower/etc.
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May 1, 2012 10:18:18   #
Hi folks! I determined that I would figure out this pattern when I saw the review of the book "Unexpected Afghans" featuring a Starburst-patterned afghan.
My version might not be *exactly* like the afghan depicted (as far as I know, although I have ordered it, so I'll find out soon enough!). Nevertheless, I'm proud of myself for my diligence in learning this new shape and discovering how to make a fabric out of it. So I'd like to share what I've learned.
You can probably use a regular crochet hook as long as you're working 16-ish stitches or less in each row.
Row 1: Chain 10. You can chain any multiple of 2 that is, say, 6 or greater. This is because the sets of forwards and returns are about twice as high as they are wide. I hope that makes sense.
Row 2: Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) as usual, all the way to the last chain. There should be 10 stitches on the hook.
RATHER THAN chaining one and returning on the row as usual for a square, IMMEDIATELY yo and return through 2 loops or "legs" as the start of the return on the first row. This creates a decrease or narrow carrot shape "^" as you draw together the last 2 legs of the first row.
Continue the TSS return as usual until the end of the row. When you've returned through the last loop, STOP before inserting your hook through the second leg of the previous row as usual. Instead, chain one and insert your hook through the first leg, then continue on the forward pass as usual to create Row 3. This creates an increase, so even though you decreased one before, you've increased one now so you still have 10 loops on your hook.
Repeat these steps until you've completed 5 sets of forwards and returns, or 5 rows of "legs". Each row should have 10 stitches each. Bind off the last row, including EACH leg of the last decreased stitch. You should have a diamond shape.
Rotate your work slightly and continue in Entrelac Tunisian fashion until you have 10 loops on the hook again. Repeat the steps above to create another diamond shape.
My own creation, a prototype or first draft of sorts.

The inspiration for my venture.

ten stitches on the hook, then yo to draw through 2 legs.

This creates a decrease, but so that there are still 10 loops on the hook.

Continue the reverse pass as normal in TSS.

When you have one loop left on the hook...

Chain one and insert the hook through the **first** leg to begin the next forward pass, yarning over as usual before pulling through.

You've begun the next row!

Continue until the end of the row, inserting your hook through the last 2 legs at the same time to create the decrease.

Yo and pull through to begin the reverse pass.

Continue this process until you have 5 rows of forward and reverse passes that look like narrow rows of 10 bars each, then bind off as usual.

Now you have your diamond shape!

May 2, 2012 06:51:57   #
Thank you
May 2, 2012 08:18:43   #
May 2, 2012 08:22:52   #
how clever!!, i will try it tonight, I may need help when it comes to finding where to begin the second, third rows, may I pm for this advice
May 2, 2012 08:28:29   #
Thank you so much for the tutorial. It always helps when you can see it being done. That is awesome!
May 2, 2012 09:55:16   #
Oh neat, Tunisian crochet is popping up everywhere it seems. I am having fun with a disrag pattern that is done in wedges and ends up round...thanks!
May 2, 2012 11:16:19   #
Great job. Thanks for the pictures.
May 2, 2012 13:00:37   #
What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for it.
May 2, 2012 13:22:09   #
thank you for the pictures as well as written explanation. really helps. i think i might actually be able to do this. my tunisian abilities are (or were) severely limited.

i love stars and circles. this is a great pattern. thanks again.
May 2, 2012 16:01:29   #
It has been awhile since I did the afghan stitch so I may be wrong but that's what this stitch looks like to me. Your inspiration is beautiful. Vique
May 2, 2012 20:04:59   #
Hannelore (a regular here)
That is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial as well. Will have to keep this link.
May 2, 2012 20:35:55   #
When I look at your prototype I'm reminded of the sea! I can smell the salt air. I also see an afghan made out of several of these in different colors. Or, if you used very fine crochet thread, a table cloth or runner would be lovely.
Very nice creating on your part.
May 2, 2012 22:49:08   #
I see you're online also. What is a TSS Tunisian Simple Stitch? Is it just a single crochet? I just started last week so I am really a novice. Christine
May 2, 2012 23:34:21   #
The tss is not a single crochet
there are two passes, forward and back that make up one row. to start you make the foundation row which consists of a string of chain stitches in this case it would be 10. then you start a forward pass by inserting your hook into the first chain, yarn over and pull thru leaving the loop on your hook, repeat this across. you can then follow the pictorial or google tunisian simple stitch and watch a video!!
May 2, 2012 23:47:22   #
Wow, thank you. When I've done that stitch I always figured it was a mistake. Great. Now I know a stitch that I've had plenty of practice on!
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