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Kim Guzman, Crochet and Knit Design


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How Do You Like To Learn?

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Books

I’ve noticed a lot of emails and posts about people wanting to learn Tunisian crochet in the new year. How would you like to learn? No matter how you’d like to learn, I’ve got you covered.

If you like a more traditional style of learning from books, I’ve got four great books that can take you from the beginner level through the more intermediate level.

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet takes you through all the common stitches and then you progress to higher levels with projects sorted in order of learning. You can learn all those little extras like how to seam, how to change colors and more.

Learn to Do Tunisian Lace Stitches first takes you through all the basic stitches then combines them to make lace stitch patterns. Practice the stitches with some beautiful lace projects. And, it comes with a DVD which you can pop into your computer or DVD player so that you get one-on-one video lessons on all the stitches and complete videos of the lace stitch patterns.

Tunisian Cables to Crochet is a step-by-step guide on learning to make beautiful cables that look like hand-knit and can be made in 1/3 the time of hand-knit projects. Although I knit as well, when it comes to gift-giving crunch time, I would rather pick a Tunisian cabled project over a hand-knit project.

Lastly, a stitch dictionary. Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide is a new, one-of-a-kind stitch dictionary which includes many never-before-seen stitch patterns. Just flipping through the book, you will see its uniqueness in the pineapple stitch patterns you can create with Tunisian crochet, something that I’ve read cannot be done. I apparently have a problem with being told I can’t do something! ha! This book is scheduled for release in March, but is available for pre-order now.

Read more about all of these books on my Amazon author page here.

Learn Tunisian Crochet from Online Video Classes

Now, if you like to learn from classes, but you’re unable to attend one of my live classes, how about a video class? I have two fabulous online classes at Annie’s. And, with online classes, you can watch the videos over and over, as many times as you would like. And, there are wonderful patterns to go with them!

Hard to believe that you can get this fabulous hat from a beginner class, right? But, it’s true! Read more about my online Annie’s classes here. I have two classes at Annie’s. One is a beginner level with 4 great projects. The second expands upon that knowledge with cables and lace. Here is the lovely cabled project. I enjoyed this project so much that I couldn’t make a firm decision with what project I wanted to do. So, I’ve included instructions for making a scarf, shawl, baby blanket, wrap AND and throw.

With so many Tunisian crochet patterns now available, now is the perfect time to learn. If you’re still unsure about Tunisian crochet, browse my Pinterest page here with some Tunisian crochet eye candy. And, if you need some research on the hooks, have a look at my Hooks page here. Enjoy!


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Online Class: Beginner Knitting

Here is your chance to learn how to knit, with an online class, where you can learn from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. This class is taught from a crocheter’s perspective, which allows you to learn quickly and easily, using the skills you already have. Class starts this Friday, September 14. Registration is open!

Like all my online classes, you work at your own pace and sign on whenever you like. You will never be required to sign on at a specific time, other than the wide period of time during the actual class time in order to pick up your class materials. Your hours. Your schedule.

Unlike live classes, you have the entire class period to practice and any questions that you have can be asked at any time during the entire two weeks of class. You don’t have to try to get all your questions in during a short live class. This more leisurely style of class may be just what you’re looking for with your busy schedule!

Click here for further information and here for common questions. Hope to see you there!


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About The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet

Roger from the Tunisian Crochet YahooGroup recently sent an email to the group about The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet and I’m copying it here with his permission.

“This is a terrific, very informative book that should be in everyone’s library, regardless of skill level. Lots of pictures and terrific explanations. The reverse stitch substitutes wonderfully for Tunisian purl (which I’ve never liked), and will combine with cable stitches to produce a look very similar to knitting. Of course, I’m going to get Kim’s cable book when it comes out in August! Meanwhile do order Kim’s “Beginner’s” book-everyone can benefit from a new and very thorough perspective on Tunisian.”

Although I’ve been discussing the projects in my new Tunisian Cables book of late, I want to be certain to give the Beginner’s book its “due”.

This book is jam-packed with a huge amount of information. Information you won’t typically find in project-only books. The entire first half of the book includes bucket loads of information about stitches, seaming, color changing, increasing, decreasing, etc. If you’ve ever wondered how to do these finishing techniques with Tunisian crochet, the book includes this and more.

Stitches used throughout the book in tutorials and/or projects:
  • Foundation
  • Tunisian Simple Stitch
  • Tunisian Knit Stitch
  • Tunisian Purl Stitch
  • Tunisian Reverse Stitch
  • Tunisian Extended Stitch
  • Binding off in different stitches
  • Tunisian Drop Stitch
  • Reverse single crochet
  • Tunisian slipped stitch
Techniques
  • Right- and left-leaning decreases
  • Increasing
  • Adding new ball of yarn or changing color
  • 2-color and 3-color techniques
  • Seaming, row-to-row
  • Seaming, stitch-to-stitch
  • Tips on gauge, counting rows and loose stitches
  • Making a tassel
  • Tutorial for hand felting
  • Short rows
Stitch patterns
  • Stockinette
  • Seed Stitch
  • Slip Stitch rib
  • Tunisian rib
  • 6-stitch left-leaning cable
  • Mitered angle
  • The bag stitch pattern is popular in hand-knitting, but I can’t remember the name now (I’m sure it will come to me later)
And, then it applies the things learned to the 9 projects, which are presented in the book in an appropriate order for learning. They move on in an order which makes it fun and easy to learn.
This book includes more information than I’ve ever seen on Tunisian crochet, all in one place. I encourage you to check it out because I put just about every bit of knowledge of Tunisian crochet I’ve learned in the past decade into this book for you. Enjoy!


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Serenity Garden Hoodie Vest

This is the Hoodie Vest as seen on the cover of The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet, from Leisure Arts. I used a lovely self-striping yarn from Premier Yarns, Deborah Norville Collection, Serenity Garden.

The vest is made with a bit of flaring at the hips. Not a huge amount. Just enough to take into account that we have hips. :-) When choosing a size, choose the one closest to your actual chest measurement. The vest is shown here with 0-1″ of ease.

This design is made in one piece with very little seaming. But, don’t worry about the seaming. The book teaches you how to seam! There are so many extras in this book that you won’t find anywhere else. You can read about all the techniques I’ve taught in the book here. And, stay tuned. I’ll be blogging as many of the designs as I can.

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