Mesmer Veils: Tunisian Crochet Lace

Mesmer is a gossamer-thin, lacy, flexible, stretchy, collapsible Tunisian crochet lace veil that stitches up quickly. It also conserves yarn and is reversible (front and back are equally lovely).
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  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

I’m immensely pleased to offer this lacy Tunisian crochet scarf and wrap design as a downloadable PDF in my own pattern shop. 
Like the Weightless Tunisian Stole, the Mesmer Veil directly contradicts silly old stereotypes of Tunisian crochet as being thick, stiff, and slow to crochet. Mesmer is gossamer-thin, lacy, flexible, stretchy, collapsible, and stitches up quickly. It also conserves yarn and is reversible (front and back are equally lovely). It’s simply everything Tunisian crochet isn’t thought to be.

It’s even light on the hook: only half of the stitches in a row are held on the hook, so you can make an extra-long piece without using an extra-long hook.

Although it’s a fun way to combine scrap yarns, I designed Mesmer so that my expensive yarns would go twice as far: I needed a way to get the most out of my partial skein of pink sequined silk yarn.(Pictured is a combination of two craft store yarns: chunky bamboo instad of sequined silk, and a size #3 cotton crochet threadinstead oflaceweight mohair.) 

The length and width are easy to customize for creating simple wearable shapes. Use a Tunisian hook for a wrap that collapses lengthwise into a scarf with naturally fringed ends (pink version). The hand-dyed teal version is crocheted widthwise. 

Using a double-ended Tunisian crochet hook makes a decorative solid edge instead of fringe.

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate (due to alternating yarns of contrasting weights and textures). You should have some experience using Tunisian crochet patterns. Use this blog post for a quick review: ”Five Basic Rules of Tunisian Crochet Patterns.” A good example of a modern introductory-level Tunisian crochet pattern is the Burly scarf.

UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }. 
After using this pattern, you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to create a special filet-like ethereal Tunisian net
  • How to use a nonstandard Return Pass
  • How to add stretch and drape to Tunisian crochet fabric
  • How to combine yarns and colors that emphasize either the forward pass, or the return pass, for a unique effect.

Finished Dimensions of Projects Shown 
Original Mesmer Scarf (Pink) is 54” {137 cm} long (excluding 6” {15.25 cm} fringed ends) and 14” {35.5 cm} wide, measured hung after blocking. Pattern includes simple information for adding length and width to the scarf. Based on the amount of leftover yarn and projections from the Misty Wrap below, the scarf size could likely be increased to as much as 60” {152.5 cm} long and 15” {38 cm} wide without requiring an additional skein. 
Misty Mesmer Wrap (Teal) is 56” {142.25 cm} long X 22” {55.75 cm} wide.

Supplies List 
Tunisian Crochet Hook: size K/10.5/6.5mm, 13" {33 cm} long was used for all fringed projects shown. A double-ended Tunisian hook of the same size was used for the non-fringed projects. 

Yarns Used for Original Mesmer (Fringed Pink Scarf)

  1. Thicker Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights (90% Spun Silk, 10% Petite Sequins; 225yds/206m per 3.5oz/100g skein), Dusty Pink: 1 ball.
  2. Thinner Yarn: S.R. Kertzer Ovation (75% Kid Mohair, 25% Silk, 233yds/212m per .88oz/25g ball), color #2142, 1 ball.

Yarns Used for Misty Mesmer Wrap (Teal Wrap)

  1. Thicker Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights (90% Spun Silk, 10% Petite Sequins; 225yds/206m per 3.5oz/100g skein), color Jade: 1 ball.
  2. Thinner Yarn: Blue Ridge Yarns Shadow Mini (100% brushed mohair; 225yds/205m per 45g mini skein), Blue Lagoon, 1 skein.

Choosing Yarns
Mesmer’s veil quality results mainly from alternating a lace weight kid mohair yarn with a medium weight glossy sequined silk yarn. You can get other special effects by trying other very different yarns.

Part of the fun for me with this design has been combining different yarn textures, weights, and colors. Every combination I tried (except dishcloth cottons and other very plain yarns) looked great, so I hope you will be inspired to experiment. See the Yarns sidebar for more about the yarn thicknesses that work well. The off-white Marshmallow scarf, which looks and feels more like a woven chenille than a veil, is made of sport weight cotton and bulky weight bamboo yarn from craft chain stores instead of yarn shops.

Color Combining: Even though sequined silk and very fine mohair yarns were used for the pink and teal projects, their color combinations affect the way the stitch pattern looks. The pink silk yarn is a lighter color than the pink mohair. This causes the mohair rows to appear to recede and make the raised ridges more prominent. I like to wear it over dark colored clothing.

The teal silk yarn is darker than the mohair, so the mohair stitches appear to create a misty surface. Wearing it over lighter clothing and my bare skin brings out the drama of the silk stitches. (Compare the photos in the pattern.) Another difference is that the pink yarns are solid colors whereas both teal yarns are subtly variegated.

In both cases, even though the sequins don’t show up well in photos, in person they’re part of the mesmerizing effect, without adding weight.

  • Tunisian: double-ended hook option
  • Skill Level: Easy Intermediate
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