Skull Pixel Crochet

Pixel Skull Tunisian Crochet Technique Test

I’ve previously tested out the C2C (corner to corner) crochet technique by using a pixel skull graphic.  Here I’m using the same pattern to test out a newer crochet technique: Tunisian crochet.

Tunisian crochet is slightly different, in that instead of working one stitch at a time, you  work a whole row of stitches, similar to knitting.  You pull up all the loops for one row, keeping them on the hook, and then at the end of the row you work backwards, working the loops off the hook until you’re left with one starting loop for the next row.  The end result looks a little similar to a knitted fabric, but like crochet it’s FASTER to work up! Which is something I just love about crochet.  If you’re working a larger piece, there is a specialist crochet hook designed for Tunisian stitches; it’s much longer, and hooked at both ends – allowing you to put more stitches on the hook without them falling off the other end!

For smaller motifs, you can use a regular crochet hook – I put an elastic band on the end, to act as a stopper.

What do you think of my 2 variants, compared to the original C2C (blue)?

The Tunisian crochet stitch is taller than it is wide, therefore in order to get a square “pixel” shape you either need to do 4 stitches wide by 2 stitches tall to make a larger square, or 2 by 1 for the smaller variant.  As you can see from the pictures, the larger option gives you a square which is a bit bigger than the C2C test that I had originally done, and the smaller version is really small!  But quite cute!  In my opinion, the Tunisian stitch looks quite neat in terms of the colour changes.  It is however not really reversible, unlike the C2C technique, as the fabric has a definite “right” and “wrong” side.