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.

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

Pattern is written without any abbreviations for beginning pattern readers.

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 would have distorted the gauge of the Tunisian stitches.)