Lit­tle Fans

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Our third swatch in­tro­duces an­other tech­nique in Tunisian cro­chet, which in­volves do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ently on the re­turn row. Up to this point we’ve al­ways worked the re­turn row the same way, mak­ing a chain through each loop on the hook. To cre­ate the lit­tle up­side- down fans you see on this swatch, we have to gather three of those loops to­gether by pulling yarn through three loops on the hook at once. (Note that the in­struc­tions say pull through four loops be­cause we also count the chain just made in the re­turn pass as a loop). We don’t want to change the num­ber of stitches in that row, so what do we do? As you’ll see in the re­turn row in­struc­tion, we will put one chain on each side of those gathered stitches to main­tain the cor­rect count. Then on the next for­ward pass, we will in­sert the hook in the space be­low those chains; that is, un­der the hor­i­zon­tal bar, yarn over and pull up a loop. We’ll also pull up a loop just be­hind the three gathered stitches—you should be able to find a “back bump” be­hind them un­der which you in­sert your hook to pull up a loop.

To make a bet­ter fin­ish on the top edge, in­stead of in­sert­ing the hook un­der the hor­i­zon­tal bar I in­serted in the chains on each side of the lit­tle fans.

Ch 19. Row 1: A. Pull up lp in back bar of each ch across;

B. yo, pull through 1 lp, yo, pull through 2 lps, *ch 1, yo, pull through 4 lps, ch 1**, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times, rep from * across end­ing last rep at **, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice. All re­turn rows are worked as in row 1.

Row 2:

A. TSS in next st, * in­sert­ing hook un­der hor­i­zon­tal bar (see il­lus­tra­tion) yo and pull up lp, in­sert­ing hook in the bump be­hind gathered sts, yo and pull up a lp, in­sert­ing hook un­der hor­i­zon­tal bar, yo and pull up lp**, TSS in next 3 sts, rep from * across, end­ing last rep at ** to last 2 sts, TSS in next st, work last st un­der 2 lps;

B. rep as in row 1. Rows 3–13: Rep row 2.

Last row: TSS in next st pulling lp through st and lp on hook, * in­sert­ing hook in next ch, yo and pull lp through ch and lp on hook, yo and pull lp through back bump and lp on hook, in­sert­ing hook in next ch, yo and pull lp through next ch and lp on hook, TSS in next 3 sts pulling lps through st and lp on hook, rep from * across to last 2 sts, TSS pulling lp through st and lp on hook, work last st un­der 2 lps and pull through lp on hook. Fas­ten off.


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