You’ve discovered a different form of crochet and you’re ready to jump right into learning this fabulous stitch method. But wait, what hooks and tools do you need for Tunisian crochet?
Besides the obvious yarn, you’ll pretty much need all the essential tools you use in standard crochet and knitting, except for one major thing: a Tunisian crochet hook! A Tunisian crochet hook is often also referred to as an afghan hook. These hooks differ from standard crochet hooks in a few ways. Let’s look at the different types of Tunisian crochet hooks.
Types of Tunisian Crochet Hooks
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- The long hook with a stopper. This hook looks like a long knitting needle, but it has a hook at one end. The stopper helps to ensure your stitches don’t fall off the end when you’re crocheting. This hook is limited to the number of stitches that fit on the hook, so you won’t be able to make wide projects like blankets unless you make a series of squares and then join them together.
- The double ended hook. This hook is like a double point needle in knitting except it has hooks on each end. This hook is also limited to its size but can used for crocheting in the round.
- Interchangeable hooks with extensions. These hooks are like interchangeable knitting needles. They allow you to change out the cords for longer or shorter cords as needed.
- They also come with stoppers you can unscrew in order to attach two cords together for even longer cords. There are also hooks that have long cords that aren’t interchangeable. For these you need to make sure to have the right length for the project at hand.
All these hooks come in a variety of different sizes, materials, and colors depending on the manufacturer. As time goes on and you get more and more experience with Tunisian Crochet you will also begin to pinpoint exactly what type of hook is best for you.
I personally do not like bamboo needles or hooks and many people don’t like plastic ones whereas those don’t bother me as much.
TIPS AND OTHER IDEAS
- When choosing a hook for Tunisian Crochet, try going with a hook that is two sizes larger than the yarn calls for. This helps to not have extremely tight fabric that will curl, and it will also help you stay on gauge.
- Don’t be afraid to try out different types of hooks until you figure out which brand, material, or shape works for you. Most places will allow you to return hooks purchased with receipts for exchanges or refunds. Ask your LYS or local craft store about their return and exchange policies.
OTHER TOOLS TO CONSIDER
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch Markers (to help keep your place or count of your stitches)
- Row Counter (remember, 2 rows, the Forward and the Standard Return Pass, make up one row in Tunisian Crochet)
- Tape Measure
- Blocking Board and Pins
(Tunisian Crochet tends to curl, and blocking is an essential part of the process to ensure you have a nice flat piece of work)