Tunisian Crochet Curling…What am I doing wrong?
This is the number one question that comes up when someone tries Tunisian crochet for the first time. It makes sense to think we are doing something wrong. Normal crochet doesn’t curl like that!
You’re right, it doesn’t but in order to understand why Tunisian crochet curls like crazy, we need to first realize that Tunisian crochet is very different from regular crochet.
Tunisian crochet is more closely related to knitting. We work the stitches while constantly pulling the yarn tension in the same forward direction. We also tend to work Tunisian crochet stitches much tighter. This also causes the edges to curl.
Before you lose all hope and give up on Tunisian crochet altogether, read through my top 5 tips to beat or eliminate the curl in your Tunisian crochet projects.
Tip #1 : Use a Bigger Crochet Hook
Using a bigger crochet hook will naturally make the gauge bigger and thus, loosen your tension. Loose Tunisian crochet stitches are the key to flatter edges.
I recommend going up two crochet hook sizes from what your yarn label recommends. For example, Caron Cakes yarn recommends a size 5 mm crochet hook. When planning a Tunisian crochet project with this yarn, I would use a size 7 mm hook (or if that wasn’t available, a 6.5 mm minimum.
Tip #2 : Train Yourself To Crochet More Loosely
This one plays nicely into tip #1. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. Loose stitches. Loose stitches are Tunisian crochet’s best friend.
I am naturally a “tight stitcher” so I find this one the most difficult. In order to help myself relax and stitch more loosely, I usually drape my working yarn in my yarn hand rather than wrapping it around my pinky and over my index finger.
When the source of yarn is looser, your stitches will be too.
Tip #3 : Blocking
I can’t say enough good things about blocking. I’ve preached about it quite a bit lately. Blocking uses stretching to relax the yarn in the position you desire and the end result is better and more professional looking crochet.
There are different methods of blocking but for stubborn Tunisian crochet rolls, only wet blocking will do. Once your project is finished, pin it down and saturate it with water. After it has dried completely you will have eliminated the Tunisian lean (when your work leans in the direction of your dominate hand) and the stubborn curl.
Check out my tutorial on blocking if this is a brand new concept to you.
I have also had great success with saturating my projects with Downy Wrinkle Release spray. This often times works better than wet blocking with water. I have only tried this on acrylic fibers, so experiment at your own risk.
Tip #4 : Sewing Ends Together
If all else fails, sew two ends together!
This works particularly well for scarves and is the number one reason nearly ALL of my Tunisian crochet scarves are “infinity” scarves. Using a simple whip stitch to sew the two ends together will rid you of the curl altoghether!
Tip #5 : Adding Tassels
True you can’t always just sew the ends together. If you’ve tried all other tips and you still have a slight curl (and you can’t sew the ends together), try adding some tassels.
Tassels will create weight and will work with gravity to disguise the curl.
I’m really having a lot of fun with Tunisian Crochet Month this September. If you’re ready to put some of these tips to use or if you’re looking for your first Tunisian crochet project, I recommend having a look at these resources I have available for free.
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