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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Learn to Crochet - Tunisian Rib Video Tutorial

Time to add another stitch, or maybe technique is a better word, to the Tunisian Crochet library. This time you will see how to work Tunisian Rib. It is worked just the way you might imagine if you already know how to knit ribbing, that is, you work some number of Basic Tunisian Knit stitches and then some number of Tunisian Purl stitches and continue alternating across the row.

In this picture of my sample piece, you can see that I have worked three basic stitches, then 3 purls, 3 basic, 3 purls and I ended with 3 basic stitches. You can work this rib stitch using any number of stitches you like, and they don't have to be the same for basic and purl. For instance, you could work 5 basic, then 2 purl, and alternate like that across the row. Or you could work 4 basic, then 10 purl, and alternate like that across the row. Try different combinations to come up with one that suits your project.

This rib stitch is like a knitted rib in that it alternates knit and purl stitches, however it does not provide any stretch to the fabric like a knitted rib does. So you would want to take that into consideration when planning your project. This stitch offers a nice texture, but no stretch.

Here's a little video showing how to work Tunisian Rib:

I have come up with a little project that uses this technique in an interesting way and I'll be sharing that with you soon. Can you think of ways to use Tunisian Rib creatively? I'd love to hear them!

Happy Stitching!

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