Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet : With 10 Modern Projects for You and Your Home
by Guess, Emma

Learn how to do Tunisian crochet and make 10 fabulously stylish projects for you and your home.

Tunisian crochet is a great way of producing stunningly creative textiles and Emma Guess shows you how in this book. Offering the perfect challenge for seasoned and new crocheters alike to learn a new skill, this book takes you from the absolute basics of Tunisian crochet, and progresses to demonstrate how to adapt your skills to create unique designs and textures.

Starting from the basic stitches accompanied by clear, step-by-step photography, Emma then shows you how to combine stitches and colour changes to create exciting new textures. There are three easy projects to put your new skills intro practice, followed by ten stylish and modern projects made using the skills taught throughout the book. You can make a beautiful chunky blanket, a pair of mittens and matching scarf, a stylish shoulder bag, a chevron cushion and more. Emma's style is fun, exciting and instantly alluring and these sleek and sophisticated projects will complement your home and make lovely gifts.

Emma Guess is a Fashion Design graduate who was taught to crochet by her mother and has been hooked ever since. Since picking up the hook, she has constantly pushed the craft to see how far she can take it. She strives to challenge stuffy misconceptions about the craft and make modern and quirky crochet designs that will not only appeal to current crocheters, but also bring in new people to the craft.

In 2016 she set up a blog ( and Instagram page (@sylviamargaretdesigns) to share her creative ideas. This has been growing in popularity and her online presence has also led to magazine pattern commissions for Crochet Now and Simply Crochet magazines.

To the untrained, eye, Tunisian crochet looks like knitting, but it's actually an amalgamation of three needlework arts: crocheting, knitting, and weaving. This rediscovered craft has been gaining supporters (and dedicated collections to fashion) for the past few years. U.K.-based fashion and crafts designer Guess uses her good sense of aesthetics and color to create 10 patterns, from scarves to blankets, that anyone would be delighted to copy. The upfront instructions zero in on five stitches (simple stitch, knit stitch, twisted knit stitch, purl stitch, and full stitch), each with good step-by-step details and a unique feature: 16 combination swatches to show the possibilities, including both the finished swatch and directions. Tips and/or notes are embedded in the designs, along with charts of Tunisian symbols and color photographs. If black is a favored color, it'll be difficult to resist building a yarn stash for projects like an ombre basket, two-way bag, or mitre square blanket. No need for beginner's luck here. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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