Tunisian Shakti Scarfythings by Vashti Braha
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Tunisian Shakti Scarfythings

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This simple scarf & wrap pattern is really all about one powerful Tunisian crochet stitch. It’s an all-season pattern: crochet easy reversible scarves and shawls that are as lacy or as solid as you like, based on the yarn and hook size you choose.

It’s a great introduction to crocheting on the bias. The offset rows stretch and drape dynamically. When you’re done, try seaming your scarf several different ways for new fashion looks. A few are pictured here.

This “superpattern” includes a menu of six projects for you to choose from. Use it for your own freeform project: pair your own yarn and hook size, then choose how many chains you start with and how many rows you end with. Seaming is optional and a fun experiment. An angled mobius with a corner is one of my favorite seamed shapes.

Oddly, this stitch has no standard name or description, and doesn’t seem to be one of the basic stitches one learns after the Tunisian Simple Stitch, even though it’s easy to do! I’ve seen it called several things. I prefer Extended Knit Stitch and abbreviate it Tkes or Teks. See this newsletter issue, it’s all about this wonderful stitch!

Skill Level: Easy. You should already be familiar with beginner Tunisian crochet patterns; here’s a handy checklist. This pattern also qualifies as practice for other DesigningVashti patterns such as Mesmer, the Maze Vest (Interweave Crochet magazine, Summer 2014 issue), the Tunisian Islander Wrap, Neck Lattice (published in Simply Crochet by Interweave Press ©2011), and Four Peaks.

UK and Australian equivalents to American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are provided in brackets.

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

  • How to crochet the Tunisian Extended Knit Stitch

  • How biasing works with Tunisian crochet stitches

  • How to crochet easy Tunisian lace by pairing a crochet hook size and yarn

  • How to seam a crochet scarf into four or more fashion wraps