Friday, January 31, 2014

"50 Tunisian Stitches" Book and Giveaway by Darla Fanton

I am honored to have been asked to review the new tunisian crochet book, 
"50 Tunisian Stitches by Darla Fanton", published by Annie's Crochet.  
Darla is an incredible designer and has many, many pattern books to her credit over the years. She is also considered to be one of the premiere crochet teachers in our industry! I am so fortunate to call her my dear friend and colleague!

Some incredible features of this book:
  • If you have ever done Tunisian or taught Tunisian crochet it is sometimes difficult for beginners to see where they are supposed to insert the hook for the final stitch in the row.  To make it easier for beginners, Darla developed a method to mark the right spot.
  • A lot of other books teaching Tunisian Crochet say to carry unused colors of yarns up the side edge, but they don't really tell you HOW to carry them. Darla gives detailed instructions (pages 31-33) on exactly how to do this.  Her method of carrying the yarn not only results in a neater appearance, it also stabilizes the edge!

I really love this Tunisian Crochet Book. The cover is bright and beautiful and I love browsing through all the beautiful colorful photographs of each stitch listed. It gives a nice closeup photo of each stitch. (see a sampling of photos below).
 If you are new to Tunisian crochet, the basic information in the beginning of the book has lots of color photographs to help you get started. The stitch dictionary starts with all the basic Tunisian stitches such as the simple knit, purl, reverse, extended simple stitch, double, full and twisted stitches and then moves onto the more intermediate ones. 
The directions seem clear and easy to understand. A diagram at the beginning of each new stitch shows you exactly where to start the new stitch. The book also includes four (4) 'get-started' Tunisian crochet patterns, including a keyhole scarf, a roll brim hat, a mobius shawl and a pretty wrap. Each design is made using worsted-weight yarn.






"50 Tunisian Stitches" can be purchased at Amazon

or 

at Annie's Catalog.  

Maggie's Crochet just posted some great photos of this book on Facebook also HERE.

Our readers have a chance to win a copy of this book. For a chance to win a copy of "50 Tunisian Stitches", leave an email address (or some other way of contacting you!) in the COMMENTS; let us know if you have ever done Tunisian crochet before! We will pick a random winner on 2/7/14. Without an email address, I cannot contact you in case you are the winner!
Good luck!
2/7/14 WE HAVE A WINNER! Thank you to all who participated!
The review and giveaway copies of this book have been provided by Annie's Crochet & Crafts. 
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14 comments :

copilarim said...

What an interesting and usefull book! I have never crochet tunisian stiches - but i would love to!
Thank you for the chance!
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mary i said...

This looks like a book I could really use. I have the proper hook,but I got frustrated. Count me in Please. Thank you and have a lovely day. m.bartels65@yahoo.com

Carmen N said...

I've done a little Tunisian crochet before but only a couple of different stitches. Thanks for the chance to win. carmen99 at asimplehomestead.com

Vikki Hooks said...

I have tried tunisian crochet. I am a thready at heart, but love crochet no matter the method. Please include me for a chance to win this wonderful and useful book. Thanks so much. vikkihook@yahoo.com

daperfectmix said...

I made a scarf with a double ended tunisian hook. I think the pattern came from Annie's Attic. It would be nice to learn some new tunisian stitches. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Alison said...

I have not done any tunisian crochet, yet. But it is something that I am looking to get into :)

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Bailey said...

Thank you for the review. Tuisian is on my list to learn this year. I've looked at this book, but your pictures and description have helped me to decide. I won the wrap give away so it is only fair to give someone else a chance. I will be looking to pick this up at some point though.

Rhondda Mol said...

Thank you for the review of this book! It looks fabulous :) I have tried a few basic stitches using Tunisian and it is on my list to accomplish a project using Tunisian Crochet in 2014. I would love to win this book!! Rhondda (Oombawka Design) oombawkadesign (at) gmail (dot) com

Nelishia said...

There are stitches that I have never seen done with Tunisian that I would love to try. The tips for carrying yarn fascinate me. I would love to learn how to do this and not have the curling that I usually experience. I think the book would take my work to a professional level. I would really get a lot of use from this book. Nelishia

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keeper said...

I taught myself how to crochet in 2009 but I haven't tried Tunisian YET. You must have good pictures and good instructions in order to self teach. This book is intriguing! Love learning new things! elvietomae at hotmail

Kristine said...

I love Tunisian crochet!
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Neurotic Pyewacket said...

I love tunisian crochet!!! Piawacket1331@yahoo.com

Creative Creations by Vicki said...

I have done Tunisian Crochet before and love it, although my limited knowledge of it has stopped me from making more with it. This book with all it's stitches looks amazing!!!
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