If you’re a regular reader of this here weblog, you know that I love to spin yarn and that recently I’ve been spinning a lot of art yarns full of glorious lumpy texture: slubs, coils, beehives, and locks! It’s these crazy textures that make stitching with art yarns almost as fun as making them.
However, there really aren’t a lot of crochet patterns out there that feature art yarns – most example projects I come across are knits, and for good reason. Knit stitching is generally easier to use when working up these super-lumpy strands because it involves less wrapping around and pulling through. But there is one form of crochet I’ve been doing a lot lately that really lends itself to using art yarns : TUNISIAN, yeah buddy!
UPDATE 8/2020: Never tried Tunisian before? There is now a growing playlist full of Tunisian Crochet video tutorials over on the Morale Fiber YouTube channel – check it out!
Tunisian tends to trap textures on the nubby, bumpy wrong side… so with a little special trickery, I created this fantastical hood that showcases the all the art yarn awesomeness (and uses as little as 30 yds of it!). Check out the Trickster Hood pattern now in my Etsy Shop , Ko-Fi Shop, or Ravelry Pattern store!
Trickster Art Yarn Hood
The Trickster Hood is a fantastical fae accessory with a long point, deep hood, and a ton of possibilities! This bad boy comes in Large and Small sizes and can be trimmed with any novelty yarn or just 30-50 yards of handspun art yarn!
The hood is worked flat in Tunisian crochet and then seamed up the bottom side. The main body uses a mix of worsted weight yarns with blended color changes and the trim alternates bulky yarn with novelty or art yarns. The front of the bonnet-style hood is fastened with a button so you can wear it up around the face or down on the shoulders.
Don’t know Tunisian crochet? This pattern comes with the Tunisian Primer as a bonus PDF file, with all the basics of Tunisian techniques that you will need to work this pattern. The pattern itself includes photo-tutorials on color changing, construction, and stitching with art yarn.
6.50 mm Tunisian hk, 5.00 mm regular crochet hk
About 320 yds total #4 weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Heartland – lengths for specific colors are given in the pattern)
200-250 yds #5 or #6 weight yarn
30-50 yds Super Bulky weight hand spun Art Yarn OR 50-60 yds novelty fur or eyelash yarn (I used Lion Brand Romance)
In the spirit of doing holiday stuff way too early, I made the smallest size pictured as a non-traditional winter holiday hat!
Sort of reminds me of those old-fashioned Santa Clauses that I always preferred over the weird bloated Coca-Cola version of Santa. I dunno, he just looks much less manic than modern Santa, with his faraway look and basket full of branches.
Like he’s really just an old, confused guy and can’t remember whether he’s delivering presents or trimming people’s hedges.
I love this design. I’ve seen some really awesome art yarns but have never bought them because I didn’t know what to do with them.
That’s great to hear! I love working with art yarns, but I don’t knit as much as I crochet – so creating this pattern was definitely a must for me 🙂
I was just wondering about the trickster hood. I’m using a Tunisian hook, the correct size you said to use. I’m on row 83 & it’s getting really hard because there’s 68 stitches on the hook with bulky yarn & I still have another 10-15 rows to go. How are they all going to fit on the hook?
Hi Lori! Some Tunisian hooks are longer than others, even though they may be the same size in width. My 6.50 mm hook is 13.5 inches from end to end, and yep, once you get a good amount of stitches on there it does get tight – I usually deal with this by the extra-professional method of just cramming them all on as tightly as I can, but there are other options if that isn’t going to work for you – hobby stores often sell tunisian hooks with longer, flexible end attachments for projects with a lot of stitches, which might make it easier. Here’s an example of the kind of hook you might prefer to switch to: