Burly by Vashti Braha
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September 2010
8.0 mm (L)
160 yards (146 m)
both US and UK
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This beginner’s Tunisian crochet pattern works up quickly and results in a sumptuous gift for a man.

It’s a simple stitch, and comes out looking spectacular in this yarn and gauge, effortlessly (it only took me two hours to crochet it). I love when that happens. I’m not sure if any of my photos do it full justice.

One day my husband accompanied me to a new yarn shop. When he touched the Peruvian luxury yarn I was considering, he said with awe, “You’re buying this, right?” Nothing showcases the incredible luster and hand of this yarn like good ol’ Tunisian Simple Stitch. It has a woven look in a big husky gauge that looks great on a man.

(See the swatches of a few comparable yarns from craft chain stores: Lion Brand’s Alpine Wool and Bernat’s Roving.)

Skill Level: Beginner. Are you a new crochet pattern user? I’ve written this one for you—no pattern abbreviations. Burly is great practice for my other Tunisian crochet patterns.

See my other patterns that make great gifts for men.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to read a simple Tunisian crochet pattern
  • How to create a simple reinforced foundation row that looks masculine and prevents a curled edge.
  • How simple blocking turns even a beginner project into a polished, expensive-looking gift.
  • The difference a single-ply yarn can make.

Finished Dimensions (measured flat after blocking)
6” wide X 47” long. (before blocking it was 5.75” X 45”; this is a general guideline because every yarn behaves differently). Length, which is easy to customize, is provided as a helpful guideline.

About the crochet hook: I was able to use a regular 6-inch (15.5cm) crochet hook that had no thumb rest as a Tunisian hook. (A thumb indent can distort the gauge of the Tunisian stitches.) I have size L/8mm regular and Tunisian crochet hooks in my shop.