I discovered and was able to master some basic Tunisian Crochet stitches. Now, I actually like Tunisian Crochet better than traditional crochet. If your grandmother taught you crochet, she may have referred to this as the afghan stitch.
Tunisian Crochet uses a long hook with a handle that is straight–it has no taper and no thumb rest. This allows for the large amount of stitches to sit on the hook without stretching the stitches out.
I created a series of pot holders with different Tunisian Stitches. This one uses only the Tunisian Simple Stitch. To do this, make a chain, just like starting out on any other project. Slide the hook through the rear bar in back of the chain and pull up a loop. Keep this loop on the hook and repeat with the next stitch. When you reach the end of the chain, yarn over and pull through one loop. Then yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat the yarn over, pull through two loops until only one loop remains on the hook. This is called casting on.
Next, you will work the stitches similar to doing front post double crochet. Skip the very first vertical bar. Slide your hook from right to left through the next vertical bar, pull up a loop and keep it on the hook. Repeat with the next bar, and each bar across until you get to the last bar. On the last bar, slide your hook through the chain, so that there are two bars on the hook. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through one loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. Continue this until you get to the end of the row. Repeat the whole process again until you get the item to the desired size.
To finish, cast off. Slide your hook in between the next bar and up through the top of the stitch pull through a loop and slide it off the hook like you were doing a slip stitch. Repeat with each stitch across. Fasten off. I edged the pot holder with ripples in single, half double and double crochet in white cotton. If you have trouble with these directions, see my Examiner articles for pictorials.