Interweave Crochet – Winter 2020
Combine elements of crochet with knitting and weaving and you get awholly unique technique, Tunisian crochet. Author Emma Guess explains the four basic Tunisian stitches, how to combine them for different looks,and helps you get started by making colorful projects using this versatile stitch. The Two-Way Bag combines Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knitstitch, Tunisian full stitch, and basic crochet stitches in a stylish carryall.With full-color photos guiding you step by step, learning Tunisian crochetwill soon be crossed off your crafty bucket list.
Booklist, Nov 2019
To the untrained, eye, Tunisian crochet looks like knitting, but it’s actually an amalgamation of three needlework arts: crocheting, knitting, and weaving. U.K.-based fashion and crafts designer [Emma] 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. — Barbara Jacobs
Postard Reviews – Oct 2019
Tunisian crochet is a great way of producing stunning creative textiles and in this gorgeous book Emma Guess will show you how. Offering the perfect challenge for seasoned and new crocheters alike, Emma takes you from the absolute basics of Tunisian crochet. She then demonstrates how to develop your skills to create unique designs and textures. The Beginners Guide is a simple and easy to understand tutorial and with the photographed visual instructions it really is a brilliant teaching book. I loved how the author has dedicated each stitch to it’s own section. There are diagrams as well as photographs and each step is explained in full detail.
This is a book for total beginners, with 10 stunning projects. From bags to wall hangings they are useful and ideal for home or gift giving.
The Loopy Lamb – August 2020
So I’ve been dying to try tunisian crochet and I’ve done some swatches and to be honest, not all of them have been successful. When the opportunity came up to check out this book, I decided it was time to give tunisian crochet another try. I decided that I’d give the cute little basket pattern a try as it uses at least 3 different techniques to see if I could be successful and how quickly I could be successful. The illustrations were very clear and I was able to pick things up really quickly. Like many beginners, I was eager to get straight to the project, so I skipped the resource section and got straight to work. I read through the pattern and flipped back to the reference section to learn the stitches as they came up in the pattern. Within 30 minutes, I had the first panel of my basket done.