Tunisian Crochet Class by Vashti Braha for CGOA: Zegue-Along Scrap Zapper

Tunisian Crochet Class by Vashti Braha for CGOA: Zegue-Along Scrap Zapper

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Local time
April 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM to
April 28, 2022 @ 12:00 PM
GMT-06:00 Central Time (US & Canada)
April 27, 2022 @ 11:00 AM to
April 28, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

I’m offering this project class because the Zegue wrap I made for myself (pictured) has brought me much happiness through a difficult year. I also fondly remember the process of making it: the stitch pattern has just a little challenge (typical of ripples) to make it interesting, and it’s easy to memorize because it has a one-row repeat.

This design is great for a class project because it’s stress-free in many ways. It’s an easy way to combine odd balls of special novelty yarn stash. I’ve found that Tunisian crochet tends to make a wider range of novelty yarns look and feel good to crochet with.

The extended stitch used here marries different yarn weights effortlessly. Choosing a good crochet hook size to use with yarn scraps of different weights is just not an issue. By the way, the hook I used only needed to be 11” long! This lacy stitch pattern cuts in half the number of stitches needed for this 57”-wide wrap.

Another stress-free element is not having to worry whether I had enough of one yarn, because another yarn could take its place. The yarns I used were high-end Italian imports. Each row felt like I was treating myself.

The Zegue project is based on the Ziggy Vest pattern I contributed to the Delicate Crochet book. The vest features steeked armholes—meaning that you crochet the whole piece, then cut open slits afterward where you want the armholes to be. This stitch pattern is self-healing, so the steeking is stress-free also.

You’ll have the built-in option to add armholes, or just one head opening for a poncho!, to your wrap later. I can demo this in class. (Armholes would be horizontal slits instead of the vest’s vertical ones, but that works too; see my Smokestack Vest in Ravelry or .)

For the first hour we’ll get clear on how to do the stitch pattern, and use the symbol diagram if desired; evaluate swatches and yarn choices, and the best way to block this lace. We’ll also talk about creative customizing options, such as easy ways to turn it into a shrug. For the second hour we’ll address any questions and issues that come up, look at steeking options with a demo, and how the Ziggy Vest is the same but different from the Segue wrap.

For more details on my Zegue project, see its Ravelry page: .
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Tunisian crochet hook: For the pictured wrap I used a 7mm rigid Tunisian crochet hook, 11” long. It’s not a widely available size in the US. I have a limited amount at my website: ; you could also use a 6.5mm (size K) or an 8mm (size L), whether rigid or flexible (cable). You might need one a bit longer than 11”, especially if you want your wrap to be longer than 57”, or if you use really fluffy yarn. There are 13” rigid bamboo ones at my site: . You could also use one end of these 16”-long flexible double-ended ones: .

Yarn: Mine required a little over 600 yards. One is a medium weight silk, the other three are lace weight. I crocheted two of the lace weights together as one. For the specific yarns, see the Ravelry project page: .

The handout, which you’ll receive before the first session, will contain the full pattern for the Zegue Wrap as I crocheted mine; swatching instructions and stitch diagram; guidelines for customizing the length and width; other tips; steeking step outs; and the full pattern of the Ziggy Vest that is in the Delicate Crochet book.

I’ll be as immediately responsive as humanly possible by email to students before the second class hour and for a day after class ends for class-related questions.

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