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Tunisian Holiday Sampler Crochet Along, October 2020

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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#HolidayTCAL2020 is LIVE!

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Check out the crochet along highlights in this announcement video:

Join me for a LIVE Q&A Wednesday, September 23rd at 5pm ET on Instagram @TLYarnCrafts. I’ll be sharing more of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket and replying to questions LIVE!

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:

Crochet Hooks

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.

Notions

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 groupclick 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:

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.

Join me for a LIVE Q&A Wednesday, September 23rd at 5pm ET on Instagram @TLYarnCrafts. I’ll be sharing more of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket and replying to questions LIVE!

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52 Comments

  • Reply Lynn M Clendenin

    On September 23 I will be at a trout park in the middle of nowhere USA and will have no cell service. Will your Q&A session be recorded?

    September 18, 2020 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! Yes, the session will be recorded and I’ll put it on my IGTV and I’ll try to find a way to add it to the blog post as well 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Tracy Lustick

    You are a crochet 🧶 savant , such GORGEOUS WORK !

    September 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      You are too kind – thank you so much. That’s a major compliment and I just might be blushing a little 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Holly Kukkonen

    I can’t wait to start this CAL! Learning Tunisian crochet has been something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and is one of my goals for 2020 (another goal was using up my Homespun yarn and that’s been done for 6mo!). Thank you for offering this!!

    September 18, 2020 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you’re able to join the CAL! I can’t wait to get started 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply MICHELE FORBES

    I’m so excited!! And a little nervous, because this will be my first CAL and I’m super new to TC! I hope I can keep up with the group. So glad the entire pattern is available so I can follow along at my own pace if I get behind. I usually shy away from activities like this because I’m so new, but Toni, your tutorials and blogs make practicing TC fun and exciting! Thanks a bunch!

    September 18, 2020 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      This is a great time to practice TC. We’re all rooting for you! We’ll do 4 squares a week, and the tutorials should help you get through each of them. And, worst case, if one square is too tough for now, you can always swap it out for another pattern in the blanket that you like 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Thresa Lambert

    Toni!!!
    I’m so excited about this Tunisian CAL. I just purchased my yarn so I’m ready. Looking forward to it. Thresa

    September 18, 2020 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I love how prepared you are! I can’t wait until we can all crochet together. October 5th can’t get here soon enough 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply rhonda huffman

    I never saw how I could just buy the pattern because the colors are sold out

    September 19, 2020 at 9:05 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      The individual pattern will be available on my site, TLYarnCrafts.com, on October 5th 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply MaggieP

    Hi Toni
    I’m so excited about this. What are the finished dimensions of the squares and the blanket? I might want it smaller so thinking of using a sport weight. I prefer wool too so leaning toward a Cascade yarn. What do you think?

    September 19, 2020 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you’re excited! I seriously can’t wait. The squares are 12×12 after blocking, and the finished blanket is 64″ x 54″ approximately. I love your ideas for yarn subs. This project is pretty forgiving, so finding a different yarn shouldn’t impact things too much 🙂

      September 19, 2020 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Hi Toni,
    I’m so excited about starting this CAL 2020. I have seen so many and this is my first time doing this. I using Red Heart yarn and some caron simply soft. I have so much I can finally use it on something great. I might use purple, greys, a yellow and a light green. What do you think? I can’t wait for October 5 😊. I too have a new YouTube channel called QuinInk and to start something like CAL will help with new ideas.

    September 20, 2020 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you’ll be joining the CAL 🙂 My only suggestion is to be careful mixing Super Saver and Simply Soft. Thought these yarns are both considered worsted weight, they have very different gauges and the finished squares may not fit together like you’re expecting.

      September 23, 2020 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Rachelle P

    Hello Toni! I’m so excited to be taking part in this. I want to do an homage to RBG with whatever square is the lattice/diamond in a 2-color of black with a white front stitch. I’m planning my colors and thought the lattice was to the right of the mitre, but now I’m not sure. If you could let me know that would be appreciated. Thank you!

    September 20, 2020 at 6:35 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi darling! The full pattern comes out October 5th 🙂

      September 23, 2020 at 7:39 am
      • Reply Agnes R Fluck

        Hi, Toni! I will be trying your crochet along… my first one ever! I am excited to start this and hopefully will finish. Our Internet service has been goofy this past month, but I want to keep up. Wish me luck!

        September 30, 2020 at 8:48 am
        • Reply Toni L.

          I’m so excited that you’ll be joining us. I can’t wait to crochet with you!

          September 30, 2020 at 11:36 am
        • Reply Mary Adams

          Hi Toni,
          I changed the yarn to a hobby lobby yarn. I found bright colors instead a Pink, purple, turquoise and a light grey. I found the hooj I need there too. I’m ready for this CAL 😊.

          October 2, 2020 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Catherine Cooper

    Hi Tony!
    I want to use some of my stash lb of Love. Do you think this color combo would work? A-Cherry, B-Hunter Green, C- Ant. White, & D- Honey Yellow. I may or may not have enough Oxford Grey on hand for D but I could buy a skein of that if you think it would work better. Thanks!

    September 23, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      The yellow feels a little out of place. I’d try to swap in the Oxford Gray if you can find it.

      September 25, 2020 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Freda

    Excited for this CAL! The blanket is gorgeous. I worry about keeping up. 4 squares a week 😳 but I will try 😊

    September 24, 2020 at 8:05 am
  • Reply Jessica A.

    Hi Toni! I’m new to TC and this seems like the perfect project to start with! I have a set of TC hooks but not 6.5 mm. Would size 6mm or 7mm work?

    September 24, 2020 at 7:52 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      If you want to swap out hooks, I’d go with the 7mm. Just know that this might impact the amount of yarn you end up using.

      September 25, 2020 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Erica

    Not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with the CAL but I’m definitely IN. I absolutely love how big this blanket is! Now to pick colors… *yay*

    September 25, 2020 at 1:01 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Awesome! I can’t wait to get started with you 🙂

      September 25, 2020 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Stephanie Fahey

    Toni, Those gorgeous Furls Tunisian hooks appear to be sold out. I was all ready to splurge on them!
    I am a bit color challenged, can you please suggest some more combos from the pound of love line?

    September 27, 2020 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Stephanie 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear the Furls hooks are sold out. They can be a little tough to get. I shared a few color options in the blog post. If you’re looking for something beyond that, a quick search of color palettes on Pinterest should get you on the right track.

      September 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply helen

    Hi Toni, I started with your beginnners TC video and then moved on to the TC 5 stitch video (my sample came out terrible! but I learned all the stitches!) Anyway, it inspired me to try this cal.. Had to source supplies from several places, but managed to get the exact colors. Can’t wait to get started!

    October 3, 2020 at 9:03 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so glad you were able to get everything you need! The practice is going to make the CAL that much easier. I can’t wait to see how your projects come along 🙂

      October 3, 2020 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Candy Taft

    Toni, I am excited about this CAL, and have done rudimentary TC for years. This will hopefully expand my skills. I am concerned that I have never had an Instagram account and don’t know how use it. Are the videos on Instagram or on this blog? And what time will they be available on Monday?

    October 3, 2020 at 11:31 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Candy! Great questions. Links to all of the videos will be on this blog post, and the posts will go up Monday afternoons. That may vary from week to week, so I can’t say a for sure time. But they will be up no later than 6pm ET and I’ll send an alert out via my newsletter, which you can sign up for HERE.

      October 3, 2020 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Stef

    So glad to have found you.
    I will definitely be following this.
    Do you have pictures of your cats?
    I have two cats as well.
    Hope you are doing wel

    October 5, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I’m so glad you found me as well 🙂 I’ve got some photos of my cats on Instagram, and my cat Sheba modeled the Big Little Pet Bed pattern 🙂

      October 9, 2020 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Kelly k Alipour

    Where is the first tutorial for the holiday sampler Cal. I see a tutorial for the bias stitch but it’s not you doing the actual square for the CAL? Can you send me the link. I see so many videos and I information about this but not the tutorial showing each stitch making the squares for the CAL. Thanks

    October 11, 2020 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! The tutorials are to show you the technique and stitches. The actual blog posts will have the written pattern for the square. You can find links to the individual blog posts for each square at this link.

      October 12, 2020 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Zack

    Hello! I think you should make a tutorial on a fancy cable stitch blanket or Afghan!

    October 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll definitely keep that in mind 🙂

      October 12, 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Elise

    Oh my goodness! This looks so cozy! I haven’t jumped on the Tunisian train yet, but projects like this make me want to hop on board! I love that you have shared the different color combinations. Just gorgeous.

    October 12, 2020 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Amy Cochran

    Hi, Toni!
    I just discovered you through “In Her Studio” magazine. I am a beginner but I love this project. Is it doable on my own following the tutorials on your blog since I’ve missed the CAL?

    Thanks and blessings!

    October 18, 2020 at 8:48 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Amy 🙂 The CAL is still going, so you’re welcome to jump in anytime. If you’re brand new to Tunisian crochet, definitely start with the tutorials I shared in this post. From there, you should be on your way to making this blanket using the patterns and tutorial videos I’ve posted 🙂

      October 19, 2020 at 10:59 am
      • Reply Margo

        Hi Toni,
        I’m really enjoying learning how to Tunisian crochet on your CAL! Your videos are so easy to follow, so even though I’m a week behind, I feel very supported. I’m just wondering what pages of the pattern part of the latest update, so I don’t have to reprint everything.

        October 26, 2020 at 8:45 pm
        • Reply Toni L.

          Hi Margo! I’m so excited that you’re enjoying the CAL! All errata updates can be found on page 28 of the updated pattern, and the updates have been automatically included in the blog posts 🙂

          October 27, 2020 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    Looks like a super fun project! About the hooks-To avoid strain on my wrists, I need a cabled hook where the cable swivels independently from the hook. I know the Clover and Chaigoo interchangeable sets do this. Do you know of any other sets or individual hooks that swivel?

    October 19, 2020 at 11:32 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      The Tulip sets do this as well. I don’t know of any individual hooks that do though.

      October 19, 2020 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Jani R

    Toni, I have been taking your youtube classes (basic and 5 stitches classes) and I would have liked to have joined this crochet along but I just saw it today. Can I still do it? You are a great teacher and I have really enjoyed your classes!

    October 29, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Jani – of course you can still join. 🙂 The schedule is just a recommendation, but you’re welcome to stitch along at your own pace!

      November 2, 2020 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Kim Barrington

    Hi Toni I missed week One and Two how do I fine them and the videos

    November 11, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! You can find links to all of the videos HERE.

      November 13, 2020 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Becky Wingfield

    Toni,
    I finally managed to conquer the purl stitch so I did the Honeycomb stitch and the Seed stitch one right after the other. I still have 7 or squares to do as life got in the way of my crocheting. Do you want a picture of the finished blanket?. Some squares work up faster than others. I was kind of intimidated by the Circle in Square but I conquered it last week. I would like to make it the center square of my blanket so I may add some squares to make everything work out. Some squares of mine are larger than others. I discovered that my qauge is definitely bigger than yours. To make the dimensions work I have had to reduce stitches in some of the patterns to get the right dimensions of the finished square. I will keep crocheting squares till I am done with the blanket and let you know how it came out.

    November 12, 2020 at 2:23 pm
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