Mesmer Tunisian Veils by Vashti Braha

Mesmer Tunisian Veils

April 2013
Aran (8 wpi) ?
6.5 mm (K)
240 - 360 yards (219 - 329 m)
one size, easily customizable
both US and UK
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Updates: I now teach a 3-hour class on this design.

The pattern now includes a vest version which was published in Interweave Crochet magazine (Summer 2014) as “Maze Vest”. It has a separate listing in Ravelry because you can still buy just the magazine version in the Interweave Store.

This pattern set offers a unique experience of crocheting breezy Tunisian scarves, wraps, and vests. The Mesmer approach is a three-in-one introduction to:

  • A versatile extended Tunisian net stitch that conserves yarn
  • Double-ended crocheting for a reversible and fringe-free option
  • Easy steeking (cutting open armholes with a quick snip of “self-healing” stitches for the vest option).

I’m immensely pleased to offer this Tunisian filet design.
Like the Weightless Tunisian Stole, the Mesmer Veils directly contradict silly old stereotypes of Tunisian crochet as being thick, stiff, and slow to crochet.

It’s gossamer-thin, lacy, flexible, stretchy, collapsible, and stitches up quickly. It also conserves yarn and is reversible (front and back are equally lovely). It’s simply everything Tunisian crochet isn’t thought to be.

It’s even light on the hook: only half of the stitches in a row are held on the hook, so you can make an extra-long piece without using an extra-long hook.

Use a Tunisian hook for a wrap that collapses lengthwise into a scarf with naturally fringed ends (pink version).

Using a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook makes a decorative solid edge instead of fringe. The hand-dyed teal version is crocheted widthwise.

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate
You should have some experience using Tunisian crochet patterns. Use this blog post for a quick review: “Five Basic Rules of Tunisian Crochet Patterns.” A good example of a modern introductory-level Tunisian crochet pattern is the Burly scarf.

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

  • How to create a special filet-like ethereal Tunisian net
  • How to use a nonstandard Return Pass
  • How to add stretch and drape to Tunisian crochet fabric
  • How to add armholes, and scarf keyholes, with truly easy steeks (cuts)!
  • How to use the double-ended hook for a self-edged version, or a Tunisian hook for a fringed version.
  • How to combine yarns and colors that emphasize either the forward pass, or the return pass, for a unique effect.
  • How to customize the finished dimensions.

Finished Dimensions of Projects Shown
Original Mesmer Scarf (Pink) is 54” {137 cm} long (excluding 6” {15.25 cm} fringed ends) and 14” {35.5 cm} wide, measured hung after blocking. Pattern includes simple information for adding length and width to the scarf. Based on the amount of leftover yarn and projections from the Misty Wrap below, the scarf size could likely be increased to as much as 60” {152.5 cm} long and 15” {38 cm} wide without requiring an additional skein.
Misty Mesmer Wrap (Teal) is 56” {142.25 cm} X 22” {55.75 cm}
Vest: 33 (38, 42, 48, 52)“ bust circumference when worn with fronts overlapped. Garment is designed to be worn with about 4” positive ease, with about 5” of overlap. Garment shown is size 33”. Finished back length: 19 (20, 21, 21.5, 22)”.

Supplies List
Tunisian Crochet Hook: size K/10.5/6.5mm, 13” {33 cm} long was used for all fringed projects shown. A double-ended Tunisian hook of the same size was used for the non-fringed projects. I have both kinds of hooks in my shop.

Yarns Used for Original Mesmer (Fringed Pink Scarf)

  1. Thicker Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights (90% Spun Silk, 10% Petite Sequins; 225yds/206m per 3.5oz/100g skein), Dusty Pink: 1 ball.
  2. Thinner Yarn: S.R. Kertzer Ovation (75% Kid Mohair, 25% Silk, 233yds/212m per .88oz/25g ball), color #2142, 1 ball.

Yarns Used for Misty Mesmer Wrap (Teal Wrap)

  1. Thicker Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights (90% Spun Silk, 10% Petite Sequins; 225yds/206m per 3.5oz/100g skein), color Jade: 1 ball.
  2. Thinner Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns Shadow Mini (100% brushed mohair; 225yds/205m per 45g mini skein), Blue Lagoon, 1 skein.

Choosing Yarns:
Mesmer’s veil quality results mainly from alternating a lace weight kid mohair yarn with a medium weight glossy sequined silk yarn. You can get other special effects by trying other very different yarns.

I originally designed Mesmer so that my expensive yarns would go twice as far: I needed a way to get the most out of my partial skein of pink sequined silk yarn. (It’s also a fun way to combine scrap yarns.)

Part of the fun for me with this design has been combining different yarn textures, weights, and colors. Every combination I tried (except dishcloth cottons and other very plain yarns) looked great, so I hope you will be inspired to experiment.

Even though the sequins don’t show up well in photos, in person they’re part of the mesmerizing effect, without adding weight.