24 May 2010

Tawashi Tutorial

Forever and a day ago I mentioned my tawashi love (a love that has not diminished with time at all) and promised a tutorial on how to make a super easy one.  I finally got it posted! Enjoy.

Supplies:
  • Yarn (any flavor depending on planned use)
  • Appropriate crochet hook for said yarn.
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle

Here it is worth noting that you can do this with any yarn that works for the intended purpose. Cotton is great for bodies and faces while I find acrylic is a bit hardier for pots and pans. Just match your use with an appropriate fiber, grab the hook needed for that yarn (gauge doesn't matter so just use whatever looks right) and have at it. For this model I used some Red Heart Fiesta and an H/8 hook.

What follows is a basic outline of roughly how to do this. This is by no means an exact science, so feel free to "crochet until it looks right" as needed.
  1. Make a chain of four stitches and make a loop/ring by doing a slip stitch into the first stitch of the chain.
  2. Chain three then, into the center of that loop, do as many double crochets as seem to fit. I am never too specific about the number, it is really not a deal breaker. When you are done with that "round" close up the ring by doing a slip stitch into the first double crochet.
  3. **You can also do this bit with The Magic Ring Method if that tickles your fancy.**
  4. For the next round chain three, do a double crochet into the first stitch that is also kind of being used by the slip stitch, then do two double crochet into each stitch. Join up your ring as before.
  5. This round chain three, do two double crochet into the next stitch, then one double crochet into the third stitch. Continue this round by alternating two double crochet into one stitch then one double crochet into the next. Slip to join. (Depending on your initial number of stitches the math may not be perfect so just fudge the last few stitches before the join if needed.  This will be true of any subsequent rounds, don't worry about it, just crochet until it looks good.)
  6. **By now you should be seeing the basic premise here.**
  7. Continue for as many rounds as needed to make the tawashi the desired size. the following rounds will go:


    • Double crochet into next stitch, double crochet into next stitch, two double crochet into third stitch...repeat for the full round.
    • Double crochet into next stitch, double crochet into next stitch, double crochet into next stitch, two double crochet into fourth stitch...repeat for the full round.
    **Continue for as many rounds as desired just increasing the number of times your do one double crochet into each stitch by one for each subsequent round.**
  8. I like to finish off the tawashi by doing a final round of one single chrochet into each stitch. I feel this gives a nice edge.
  9. Weave in and trim off your ends. And now you have a tawashi.

Really you can do this with any stitch too. I like double crochet since it makes the tawashi nice and flexible, but not too "holey," though depending on how tightly you crochet and/or the intended use, do whatever stitch makes you happy. The math is the same.

Hopefully this all makes sense and will help you make some cute, and so easy, tawashis. Let me know if any of it is unclear, or just plain wrong, my crochet skills are based on very little technical knowledge and a lot of trial and error!





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