Curled edges can be a frustrating issue for Tunisian crochet enthusiasts. But is it really an unavoidable problem? The answer is not as straightforward as you may think.
Firstly, it’s important to understand the nature of Tunisian crochet. Unlike traditional crochet, it involves working with a long hook and keeping multiple loops on it at once. This technique can create a tighter, denser fabric that tends to curl inward.
However, there are ways to combat this tendency. One method is to use a larger hook size than you normally would for the yarn weight. This can create a looser tension that helps prevent curling. Another option is to add a border or edging that weighs down the edges of the piece.
It’s also worth noting that certain stitches are more prone to curling than others. For example, the simple Tunisian stitch (TSS) tends to curl more than the Tunisian knit stitch (TKS). Experimenting with different stitch patterns can help you find the right balance between the look you want and the curling you can tolerate.
Ultimately, the decision to embrace or avoid curling in Tunisian crochet is up to you. Some people see it as a charming quirk of the technique, while others find it distracting. Whatever your preference, don’t let curling hold you back from exploring the many possibilities of Tunisian crochet.