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.
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.