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Techniques using additional or alternative crochet tools

These are some of the techniques which use alternative or extra tools.  Some use different types of hooks, others use additional tools to create the different effects.

Tunisian Crochet (or Afghan Crochet as it is called in the US) uses a slightly different hook.
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Tunisian Crochet

The hook is traditionally longer and has a knob on the end like a knitting needle.

More modern hooks are interchangeable with "wires" on the end, giving a much more flexible approach.

Tutorials, videos and free patterns can be found at
Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet
All the stitches are worked on
and then worked back off.
Tunisian Crochet

The result looks like a combination between knitting and crochet.

Broomstick crochet is worked with a normal hook but over a "Broomstick", like a large knitting needle.
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Broomstick Crochet
US Tutorials can be found at
Crochet Cabana and Stitch Diva

Broomstick Crochet
Broomstick crochet is worked over a large pin or a knitting needle.  Loops are pulled out and placed over the pin.
The loops are slipped off and double crochet is worked into them.
Broomstick Crochet

Some rows are ordinary stitches (usually Double Crochet).  The effect changes depending on the stitches and spacing used.

Crotat is a form of tatting using a crochet hook.
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Crochet Tatting

The hook has a long shank, similar to a Tunisian Hook.  However, the head is inline with and ever so slightly smaller than the shank.

Crochet Tatting

A translated version of an 1881 Czech Crotat Book is also available as a joint download with my "How to Crotat" eBook.

Hairpin Lace is a beautiful crochet technique that was very popular in the Victorian times.
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Hairpin Lace

Hairpin Lace is worked on a "Hairpin" loom.  The loom is constantly turned around to make loops at the side.

It is worked in strips which are then joined together.

Tutorials can be found at

Scarlet Dash

There are various ways of joining the strips together.

Hairpin Lace

This sample is joined by interlocking the loops.

Also known as "Crohooking" or "Croknit".
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It is worked using a double ended hook and two strands of yarn.
Crochet on the Double

Loops are worked on to the hook as with Tunisian crochet.
Crochet on the Double

They are then worked off with a second colour.
Crochet on the Double

The next row of loops are worked on to the hook with the second colour and worked back off with the first.
Crochet on the Double

Crochet on the Double

The fabric produced is almost double sided, with each colour being more prominent on one side than another.

Crochet on the Double

Tutorials can be found at
Fantasticmio.com