Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial

In this short tutorial, you will learn how to create eyelets in a foundation row in Tunisian crochet, which will be useful for the Macaw wings shawl TCAL.

The foundation row in this case is created by picking up stitches in the back bumps of a chain. Here’s how to make other kinds of foundation rows for various uses.

Making eyelets in this manner will create increases in the foundation row.

Eyelets are created whenever you YO and either skip 1 stitch or make a decrease before or after the YO. They create holes in the fabric.

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This is what these eyelets look like in the foundation row of the finished project (blue arrows). They are used only as increases in this pattern.

The pins in the photo above are used to exaggerate the size of the stitches and show the eyelets.

Here’s what these eyelets look like when the fabric is allowed to relax. You can barely see them, but they give the feather its shape.

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Eyelets in the foundation row – nearly invisible in the finished project.

You can achieve a similar result by creating extra chains (as many as the eyelets) and skipping a chain whenever you make a YO (yarn over).

This method is used right at the beginning of the Macaw wings shawl Tunisian crochet pattern, which you can find more information about on this page.

Abbreviations

The following tutorial uses some common Tunisian crochet abbreviations, explained in detail below.

  • Ch – Chain;
  • St(s) – stitch(es);
  • Tss – Tunisian simple stitch: in foundation chain, insert hook into the back bump of the next Ch, YO and pull up a loop;
  • YO – yarn over.

How to make eyelets in the foundation row

The following instructions are demonstrated specifically for the foundation row of the Macaw wings shawl, but they can be useful in other situations as well.

See the full instructions for Row 1 of the pattern here (coming soon).

You have 3 increases at the beginning of Row 1, which is also a foundation row.

You first chain the required amount of chains, then start picking up loops to create the foundation row.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - foundation chain ready

Before picking up the first loop, you YO, as the first stitch in the pattern is a YO.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - YO

After the YO, you pick up the first Tss in the back bump of the first Ch.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - picking up a loop in the first chain

YO and pick up a loop in the second Ch and continue like this, following the Row 1 instructions.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - YO for a second eyelet

Continue like this until you have all your increases done, by creating eyelets where necessary.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - picking up a loop in the next chain in the foundation

Continue with picking up stitches in the back bumps of the foundation chain and do the return pass.

Tunisian crochet eyelets in a foundation row tutorial - completed eyelet after return pass

After the return pass is complete, the foundation row will curl slightly to accommodate the extra stitches.

Don’t forget to work into these eyelets where the pattern tells you to.

Here’s how to pick up different stitches in eyelets.

Check out all the information about the Macaw wings shawl TCAL here:

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Andrea

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