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Practice before investing

If you haven't tried your hand at Tunisian crochet, and would like to try, but you don't have a Tunisian hook handy, and you're not certain about buying new tools, don't despair. You can practice a few common stitches with a regular crochet hook. This can be helpful especially if you're not sure you want to invest in a hook set yet. It's taken you this long to get used to regular crochet, a new technique may seem daunting at first. Let it be known that there are Tunisian crochet projects out there that you can do with a regular hook, with a technique we commonly call 'entrelac'. Entrelac Tunisian crochet basically means inter-lace from the French 'entrelacer' which signifies join together. It can be used to make small squares that you join to another as you go from the forward pass to the return pass. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Firstly,  you should practice a few of the basic stitches with your regular hook. The short videos in the beginner section here can guide you. With your regular hook, simply chain 10 and then follow the cues in the videos. In Tunisian crochet, a row is completed with two passes, a forward pass and a return pass. We use the vertical bars to construct the stitches in the forward pass, and we close it in the return pass by chaining around the loops. If you  want more information about how to get started, you can explore other articles on this site, and you can purchase the Beginner's Guide to Tunisian Crochet, a printable PDF, here.

Begin with the foundation row video. All Tunisian crochet projects begin with this standard foundation row. You can then proceed to the next videos that show the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS), the Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS), and the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS). 

Once you have practiced these stitches with your regular hook, you could easily move onto other projects and maybe invest in more appropriate tools. On this site, you will find other resources for more complex stitches and stitch combinations, and a few suggestions of patterns to try. There really is no limit to what can be done in Tunisian crochet.