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Doctor, it rolls!




You have begun a Tunisian crochet project. And lo and behold, you notice that the bottom rolls… a lot. You start over a couple of times. And again, it rolls. You probably began with the Tunisian Simple stitch, which is oftern the first stitch to learn. You start second guessing yourself and wonder what you did wrong. The answer is nothing. There is good news. Rolling can be cured. Reducing rolling in Tunisian crochet can be achieved through several techniques and methods:



Using a Larger Hook Size 

Using a larger hook size than what is typically recommended for the yarn can help create a more relaxed fabric that is less prone to rolling.


Blocking 

Blocking is a process where you wet or steam your finished Tunisian crochet piece and then shape and pin it into place while it dries. Blocking can help relax the stitches and reduce rolling. You can add blocking wires to straighten the edges of your Tunisian crochet piece while blocking.


Adding a Border 

Adding a border around the edges of your Tunisian crochet piece can help weigh down the edges and prevent rolling. You can choose a simple border stitch such as single crochet or half double crochet.


Changing Stitch Patterns 

Some stitch patterns are naturally more prone to rolling than others. For example, the Tunisian Knit Stitch is extremely prone to rolling. Others less so. Experiment with different stitch patterns to find ones that are less likely to cause rolling.


Using Different Yarns 

Some yarns are more prone to rolling than others. Experiment with different types of yarns, such as cotton or acrylic blends, to find ones that are less likely to roll.


Combining Stitches 

Mixing different Tunisian crochet stitches in the same row can sometimes help reduce rolling. For example, the honeycomb stitch which alternates the Simple and Purl stitches results in a non-rolling fabric.


Tension Control 

Pay attention to your tension while crocheting. If your tension is too tight, it can cause the fabric to curl. Try to keep your tension even and relaxed.