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101 Easy Tunisian Stitches Paperback – 1 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Annie's Attic (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931171742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931171748
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I've been doing Tunisian crochet for a long time and this is a lovely book. Full of all kinds of stitches. Maybe not for the complete novice on it's own, but along with a book that explains the basics, there should be no problem.
But I can't believe how much Amazon is charging for this - £215??? So no, I didn't buy it from here. Sorry Amazon. I went to Annie's Attic and bought the PDF download. I won't say how much it was, but it wasn't £215!
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By Judi on 15 Aug. 2012
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This book is very informative, and exactly what I hoped for. A very good reference book to help improve this craft.
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Love it the book, easy to read and understand, nice book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better... 28 Feb. 2008
By Captain Hook - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Carolyn Christmas' designs and Tunisian Crochet, so I had high expectations for this little tome. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed. Instead of a nice juicy explanation of Tunisian, you get like a two paragraph overview, then it launches straight into the stitch explanations on the same page.

Also, of note is the *Easy Tunisian (trademark here)* in the title. Gosh, I thought that meant the stitches were easy! It isn't a problem that they aren't, it is simply misleading. Turns out *Easy Tunisian* is a copyright owned by the author and refers to a set of large tunisian hooks branded *Easy Tunisian* hooks. Unfortunately, never once in the book is it mentioned what size the hooks are (or any indication of the type/weight of yarn used), so heaven help you if you already have a hook that you want to use on hand and try it to get the result in the picture (which is too small IMHO).

One other unfortunate ommission is indexing. It would have been nice to look under a heading entitled popcorn stiches, for instance and get some page references, or stich number reference (see below).

I'm sure this due in large part to the fact that almost none of the stitches have names, just numbers. So if you were looking for say, an explanation of tunisian lace stitch (abbreviated elsewhere in the world as tls), it won't be found here. I mean it might be here, but I can't tell, because there is no reference to lace stitch or tls, and I can't tell from the pictures in the openwork chapter which one it would be. Could be number 47, 22, 99, who knows?

I'm giving this a lukewarm rating due to what I think are publisher problems: no stitch names, small pictures, lack of comprehensive introduction (ok, that one may be an author problem), missing index, misleading titling (how 'bout 101 Stitches to Go with you Easy Tunisian Hooks, Sold Separately), maybe a few examples of projects *using* the stitch would have been helpful or some notes on appropriateness of each stitch for particular projects, not so much author problems.

I still think there is a *mother lode* of tunisian stitch information here. I mean 101 stitches, that's certainly more than the 4 I knew before I got the book. Furthermore, I still love Carolyn Christmas and I still love Tunisian. And I will probably still use the book often, I just wish they'd have made it a little easier!
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stitching 18 Jan. 2008
By Cat Oas - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book when I was first learning how to do the tunisian crochet method. Being a long time crocheter and part time knitter, I love the quick way crochet makes up, but like the more pliable and stretchy knit for certain projects. However knitting takes me forever and I like to having something done fast. Tunisian or afghan crochet is just what I needed. This book is one that gives so many different adaptable patterns that I have tried just about everyone. It gives a really good explanation of how to do the simple stitch which is really the only one needed for most patterns. I found a website that also gives a demonstration of working the stitches that is helpful also. -[...] - It is just different than either knit or crochet and the comfort level with working the yarn has to be mastered on your own. I think that how you work the yarn on and off the needle depends on whether you are basically a knitter or basically a crocheter. Either way this is a must have for those who want to try tunisian, those who are already experienced, and for those who like to try something completely different and a little challenging at first.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good foundation 27 Nov. 2008
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent resource for Tunisian stitches. It contains far more pattern stitches than general crochet dictionaries do. The color photographs clearly show what the finished stitches should look like; instructional photographs in the front of the book are less clear (yarn is too dark, photos are too small). I had to eliminate the extra chain at the beginning of some two-color patterns because it made the beginning too loopy. There is also no information about shaping--Tunisian crochet is too pretty to be limited to afghans and scarves!

I used several of the stitches shown here for items in my book, "Tunisian Crochet: The Look of Knitting with the Ease of Crocheting," which features 16 original designs. I include instructions for shaping Tunisian crochet to create sweaters and other garments.

I encourage all crocheters to try Tunisian crochet for the beautiful effects it creates. This book is a worthwhile volume for reference and inspiration.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fine! 26 Feb. 2011
By Jeff & Linda - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a lovely book was perfect for me! I knew only 3 Tunisian stitches and loved them and wanted to learn more. This book was beautifully designed to help me move on.

However... this glossy little thing should not, not, NOT be selling for any more than $30. I sincerely hope the seller from whom I purchased it (through Amazon) really did represent a charity!

Especially given that the PDF version is for sale at the Annie's Attic website for around $15.

This was easy for me to discover, but only once I had bought a copy. Annie's Attic published it and the website name is printed at the bottom of each page. (I would list the URL, but apparently that violates the reviewer guidelines.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... it easier to understand the tunisian stitches which I love to do 12 May 2015
By QSCORPIE - Published on Amazon.com
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This book made it easier to understand the tunisian stitches which I love to do. It's amazing to see ur work as u do it because I never turn your work also to end up with different stitches on each side, and tight enough to make a purse without lining it. So cool.
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