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Tunisian crochet hooks - Pt. 4 / Uncinetti tunisini - Parte 4

In 3 past posts I talked about a variety of Tunisian crochet hooks (part 1, part 2, part 3), sharing my experiences and opinions with you all. In this post I'm gonna write a very specific kind: BIG hooks.
Bulky and super bulky yarns are a reality, these days. If you like these kinds of yarns, you might seriously consider trying them with Tunisian crochet. Especially if you use simple stitches, like Tunisian simple stitch or Tunisian knit stitch, this technique really makes the texture of both stitch's and fabric stand out. I'm not a sucker for gigantic yarns and hooks, normally, but I do think that, a few times a year, crocheting with big hooks is lots of fun.
Question is, where to find those really big Tunisian hooks?
Denise sets go up to 15 mm hooks, but what if we want even bigger ones? Well, not to worry: ChiaoGoo makes Tunisian hooks with flexible cords up to 25 mm! ChiaoGoo's are bamboo hooks, wonderfully smooth, with a nicely pointed tip, and even though they're big they weigh almost nothing. Unlike ChiaoGoo's smaller hooks, their big ones have fix cables, while in smaller sizes the cables swivel freely. Another difference is that big hooks' cables are not nylon but gum, with nice big stoppers at the end. ChiaoGoo's big hooks are produced in two versions, one with a 60 cm long cord and one with a 80 cm long one.
If you love playing with big yarn, these are the Tunisian crochet hooks for you!
I bought mine mostly from an Italian shop named Tombolo E Disegni, and the one I couldn't find, my 19 mm one, from Mimi's Needle Basket. I also know they're available from Purlescence and Gomitoli.com. Of course there are many shops selling these hooks, but these are the ones I can recommend because I know they're all amazing sellers.


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ChiaoGoo tunisian crochet hook sold by Mimi's Needle Basket.

In 3 post ho parlato di svariati uncinetti tunisini (parte 1, parte 2, parte 3), condividendo con voi le mie esperienze e le mie opinioni. In questo post scriverò di un tipo di uncinetti molto specifico: quelli GROSSI.
I filati bulky e super bulky ormai sono una realtà.  Se vi piacciono questi filati, dovreste prendere seriamente in considerazione di provarli con l'uncinetti tunisino. Soprattutto se si utilizzano punti semplici, come il punto Tunisi tradizionale o il punto maglia, questa tecnica fa davvero risaltare sia la trama del tessuto che il filato. Io non sono una fanatica di filati e uncinetti giganti, normalmente, però penso che una volta ogni tanto lavorare con gli uncinetti grossi sia molto divertente.
La domanda è: dove si possono trovare degli uncinetti tunisini così grossi?
Il set Denise include uncinetti fino a 15 mm, ma quelli più grandi ancora? Nessun problema: ChiaoGoo propone uncinetti tunisini con cavo flessibile fino a 25 mm! Questi uncinetti sono di bambù, liscissimi, con una punta perfettamente sagomata, e anche se sono grossi sono molto leggeri. A differenza degli uncinetti più piccoli, questi hanno cavi fissi, mentre nelle misure più piccole i cavi ruotano alla base degli uncinetti. Un'altra differenza è che i cavi degli uncinetti grandi non sono di nylon ma di gomma, con grossi stopper alla fine. Gli uncinetti grossi ChiaoGoo vengono prodotti in due versioni, con il cavo da 60 cm e con il cavo da 80 cm.
Se vi piace divertirvi con i filati grossi, questi uncinetti tunisini fanno per voi! 
Ho acquistato la maggior parte dei miei da Tombolo E Disegni, e quello che mi mancava, il 19 mm, da Mimi's Needle Basket. Se acquistate dall'Italia, tenete presente che ora sono disponibili anche su Gomitoli.com. Ovviamente ci sono parecchi negozi che vendono questi uncinetti, però questi mi sento di consigliarli per esperienza personale: sono tutti ottimi venditori.

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