Have you been meaning to try out Tunisian crochet? Here’s your chance! Join me, my friends at Lion Brand, and makers from around the world for the exiting Tunisian Holiday Sampler Crochet Along!
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What is a Crochet Along?
Since organizing my first crochet along (a.k.a. CAL) back in 2018, I’ve had so much fun bringing together unique patterns, great yarn, and talented makers for a collective crochet experience. Each event is a little different, but each one celebrates our shared crochet spirit.
To keep it simple, a crochet along is an online party for crocheters around the world! We will each work on our Tunisian Holiday Sampler blankets together, from sourcing the supplies to constructing each block, and wrapping up with a few finishing steps. The event agenda looks like this:
- Sourcing Materials Now through October 4th: Kits for this fun project are available from Lion Brand, or source the yarn, hooks, and notions on your own (keep scrolling for details).
- Week 1, October 5th: Get the PDF pattern from TLYarnCrafts.com, or follow along with weekly pattern updates and tutorial videos available free on TLYCBlog.com. Complete Blocks 1-4.
- Week 2, October 12th: Complete Blocks 5-8.
- Week 3, October 19th: Complete Blocks 9-12.
- Week 4, October 26th: Complete Blocks 13-16.
- Week 5, November 2nd: Complete Blocks 17-20.
- Week 6, November 9th: Joining blocks, adding the border, and blocking the finished blanket.
Follow along + share your project using the CAL hashtag on Instagram – #HolidayTCAL2020!
About the Tunisian Holiday Sampler
It’s no secret: I’m nuts about Tunisian crochet. I love learning stitches, trying new techniques, and experimenting with different tools. Since I started sharing my Tunisian crochet journey, the number one question I’m always asked is, “I’ve never tried Tunisian crochet. How do I get started?”.
The Tunisian Holiday Sampler is my answer to that question. I wanted to design something that engaged both novice and experienced makers by combining different techniques and stitches into a single masterpiece.
I’ve always thought that sampler blankets are a hidden gem in the maker community. Most of the patterns are really well done, and you can practice a new technique in an easily digestible way. For the Tunisian Holiday Sampler, each of the 20 unique squares brings you one step closer to mastering this exciting skill.
Each week, you can look forward to a full pattern and accompanying tutorial video to help you conquer the block [FIND LINKS TO ALL PATTERNS AND TUTORIALS HERE]. Near the end of the CAL, we’ll spend a whole week on finishing steps, including joining the squares, adding the border, and blocking your blanket.
Tunisian Holiday Sampler Supplies
I’m excited to partner with my friends at Lion Brand for the yarn used in this project. I used Lion Brand’s Pound of Love, which is a massive 1 pound skein of 100% acrylic, CYC level 4 – worsted weight yarn. I used 4 different colors to help the stitches in each square come to life.
Here’s a breakdown of how much yarn I used in each color:
- Color A (shown in Succulent). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 350 yards total.
- Color B (shown in Taupe). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 300 yards total.
- Color C (shown in Elephant Gray). I needed 2 balls of Pound of Love and used about 1155 yards total.
- Color D (shown in Oxford Gray). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 1005 yards total.
Yarn Color Combinations
Choosing the right yarn at the beginning of the project will ensure that you love the end product. I chose one main color, then added in three neutrals. Play around with your personal style to come up with a four-color combination that you love. Here are some other options from the Pound of Love collection:
Frosted Dreams: Succulent (A), Taupe (B), Elephant Gray (C), and Oxford Gray (D)
I Heart Fall: Pumpkin Spice (A), Taupe (B), Elephant Gray (C), and Oxford Gray (D)
Holiday Cheer: Cherry (A), Hunter Green (B), Taupe (C), and Oxford Gray (D)
NOTE: Due to COVID-19-related shipping delays, some colors may be hard to find. Get these yarns from the Lion Brand website as they become available. You can also find Lion Brand Pound of Love in stores at JOANN, Michaels, and Walmart. You can also order online from Amazon, eBay, and Len’s Mill Stores.
If Pound of Love isn’t your jam, or you don’t have access to these yarns at your local store, any comparable worsted weight yarn in the yardage mentioned above should do. Here are some options I recommend:
- Brava Worsted from WeCrochet
- Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted from LoveCrafts
- Universal Yarn Uptown Worsted from LoveCrafts
- Stylecraft Special Aran from Wool Warehouse
- Paintbox Simply Aran from LoveCrafts
To make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler, you’ll need three different hooks:
- 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook with a 16″ cord
- 6.5mm traditional crochet hook
- 6.0mm traditional crochet hook
The 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook is used to make all of the squares. In this case, you can use a straight or a corded hook. Straight and corded hooks are available in inexpensive sets on Amazon or you can find them sold individually. Click here, here, and here for some that I’d recommend. If you’d really like to indulge, grab a Furls Tunisian crochet hook. They’re a little pricier but they’re the best straight TC hooks I’ve found online. Click here for details.
The 6.5mm crochet hook is used to slip stitch seam the squares together, and the 6.0mm hook is used to crochet the border. Find individual hooks and sets on Amazon (get the 6.5mm here and the 6.0mm here), or get these hooks from wherever you source your yarn.
Here are the last few supplies you need to make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler:
- Scissors [LINK]
- Tape measure [LINK]
- Tapestry needle [LINK]
- 1 locking stitch marker [LINK]
- A cable needle -or- a 6.5mm interchangeable knitting needle tip (optional) [LINK]
- Foam blocking mats [LINK]
- A steam iron or garment steamer [LINK]
- T-pins [LINK]
- Knit blockers (optional) [LINK]
How To Get Involved
The Tunisian Holiday Sampler crochet along is hosted right here on TLYCBlog.com and begins October 5th [the CAL is LIVE – get a copy of the pattern HERE]. Patterns and their accompanying tutorial videos will be uploaded to their own blog posts. You can find links to all of the posts HERE as they are uploaded.
When completing your squares, share your progress using the CAL hashtag #HolidayTCAL2020 on Instagram, and be sure to tag @TLYarnCrafts so I can fangirl your posts! I’ll be checking the hashtag and sharing my favorites throughout the CAL. You can also share in the TLYC Makers private Facebook group – click here to join.
A Tunisian Crochet Primer
The Tunisian Holiday Sampler is a great way to get acclimated to Tunisian crochet and build your skills. If you’re new to the craft, practice with these videos before the CAL starts:
- Tunisian crochet basics [watch the video]
- Tunisian crochet stitches [watch the video]
- Changing color in Tunisian crochet [watch the video]
Stay In The Know
Don’t want to miss an update about the TLYC Holiday Tunisian Crochet-Along? Join the TL Yarn Crafts email list and I’ll send important reminders right to your inbox!
I can’t wait for us all to crochet the Tunisian Holiday Sampler together. Drop into the comments with your questions and your preferred yarn choice.
Holiday TCAL 2020 Questions
I teased the Holiday Tunisian Crochet-Along to my Instagram audience and they were ecstatic! They also had some great questions that you might have too.
Is this a good project for beginners?
Absolutely! The Tunisian Holiday Sampler was designed with beginners in mind. Each of the pattern designs are easy-to-intermediate level, and will include a written pattern and tutorial video to take you step-by-step through the stitches.
What is a CAL?
A CAL, or crochet along, is a virtual event where makers from around the world work on the same project together. For the Tunisian Holiday Sampler CAL, we’ll all make our blankets according to the CAL agenda – 4 blocks each week, then joining and finishing on the last week.
Will the pattern stay on your blog after the CAL is over?
You betcha! All of the links in this post will still be live after the CAL is over. You can make your blanket by getting the PDF pattern from TLYarnCrafts.com or head over to the Tunisian Holiday Sampler links post HERE.
Can I get the Lion Brand kit in the UK?
For sure! Lion Brand ships kits (and all other yarn, tools, and notions) to friends in the UK. Shop for the Tunisian Holiday Sampler HERE!
I went to order the kit from Lion Brand and some of the colors are sold out. What gives?!
Due to COVID-19 related shipping delays, some colors of Pound of Love are sold out on the Lion Brand website. They are working to update the stock online and colors will become available on a rolling basis. If you’d like to get your Pound of Love from somewhere else, try Amazon, eBay, and Len’s Mill Stores.
How do I get the exact colors you used?
My sample is made with Succulent, Taupe, Elephant Gray, and Oxford Gray. Get these exact colors from the links above.
What are the best hooks for a newbie?
A quality Tunisian crochet hook is going to make learning this craft easy peasy. My highest recommendation is a single ChiaoGoo 32″ flex cord hook. The cord is longer than you need for this project which is ok, and this hook + cord combination works great for plenty of projects. Get the hook HERE.
How do I get the pattern on it’s own?
The Holiday Tunisian Sampler PDF pattern will be available on October 5th, 2020 on TLYarnCrafts.com.
Can I make this if I don’t celebrate Christmas?
The Tunisian Holiday Sampler is inspired by the joy of the holiday season and does not include any Christmas-specific motifs.