Life is a series of funny adventures. A neighbor offered to teach my mother to ‘Crochenit’ or ‘Cro-Hook’, my mother reassured my neighbor that she learned the technique as an ‘Afghan Stitch’ but thanked her kindly anyway. Mom then looked at me and said, “They are the same thing right?” knowing full well this would be a challenge I could not resist as a librarian.
As it turns out, mom was wrong. What she learned as the Afghan stitch is also known as Scottish crochet, Tunisian crochet, etc. It is created using a crochet hook with a long shaft and an end that looks like a knitting needle. The results can be found above, as you can see from the curled edge on the bottom (this tends to curl a bit) the ‘wrong side’ looks like the purl side of knitting while the ‘right side’ has beautiful bars that have been used in the past to embroider onto solid colored pieces.
The fun part is that the other form, Cro-Hook or Crochenit is essentially the tunisian crochet with a color change every row using a double ended hook.
As you can see, I have another new obsession all thanks to my neighbor. I have a book on Crochenit stitches waiting for me at home and 101 tunisian stitches will be ordered later today using my Amazon Rebate!