Tunisian Crochet “Hard Candy” Throw

Hello, friends!

Well, the pandemic arrived and took with it a lot of personal creative resources. I have still been making things but haven’t had the wherewithal to post about them since last April.

That said, one of the projects I endeavored to make was something that was going to take down some of my yarn stash, specifically my acrylic (I have amassed a ton from Knit Picks Brava Worsted since I was making so much amigurumi). Since I closed my Etsy shop, I haven’t been making as many toys, though I still love it and intend to make more here and there.

I have been wanting to try my hand at the Tunisian entrelac technique for quite some time. I’m going to link to the YouTube tutorial I found most helpful specifically for doing a corner-to-corner style blanket.

Best explanation of “the formula” I’ve seen

I personally like the checkerboard look, so I opted to go with a row of white in between every color row. I did only one color repeat and have a singular row of baby pink in there, which helped me define where my “halfway” point was so I could make the blanket into a rectangle before decreasing.

I am super thrilled with the outcome, even with all the weaving in of the ends (each row has two ends to weave in). For the border, I did two rounds of single crochet in white, which nicely used up my fourth skein of white, and then I did three rounds of half double crochet, with the final two rounds being done in the “half loop” behind the top of the stitch, so it leaves that pretty rope looking border. This was effective in both aesthetics and also helping with the inevitable curling that happens with Tunisian crochet. A popular thing to do is to add in Tunisian purl stitches as a border but I wanted to do something with standard crochet and not Tunisian for this one.

I think it looks awesome and it’s a great size: 46.5″ wide by 36.5″ long. This will fit nicely over a crib or just using it as a lap blanket. What’s great about Tunisian crochet is that it provides a dense, woven fabric, at least in the Tunisian simple stitch, and while I was finishing it, it was definitely keeping my legs warm!

Below are some more photos. I have also decided to list it in my Ko-fi shop, so hit up the link if you or someone you know would like this as a gift! As I state in my shop, purchases don’t just line my pocket, but help with my caregiving duties to my sibling with disabilities.

Feel free to comment if you have questions, or hit me up on Instagram! Handle: zavvycreations

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