What do you get when you take crochet bullion stitch and introduce it to Tunisian crochet? I found one possible answer to this intriguing question by looking in a vintage craft manual for girls called The Girl’s Own Indoor Book.” This book includes instructions for many different craft techniques and different craft projects. The book includes instructions for crochet and other needlework techniques.
Here we have a swatch I worked of the coiled treble stitch, which is one of the crochet stitches described and pictured in this book.
You can compare my swatch against the original vintage illustration of coiled treble stitch:
The following instructions are quoted directly from The Girl’s Own Indoor Book:
With the smooth tricote bands are often effectively combined strips in a raised stitch, which I will call the coiled treble.
Make a foundation line of crochet tricote, then 3 chain to turn, * wind the wool 5 times over the hook, pierce it through the perpendicular stitch of the line beneath, draw the wool through all at once except the first chain, which leave on the needle, repeat from *, and at the end of the row return by pulling the wool through one loop at a time.
For small things any ordinary woolen hook will do, but for wide strips, where the stitches almost cover the needle, it is safer to use one tipped with a ball; some of the newest ones are made in gutta-percha, and are sold at 3d. each. The various sizes required may be ascertained with the be 1 gauge, also used for knitting needles; sixpenny ones answer the purpose very well.
Tips and Hints for How to Crochet the Coiled Treble Stitch:
It’s a good thing someone beat me to discovering and naming this stitch. The long-ago author of this book called it “Coiled Treble Stitch”; myself, I probably would have named it “Headache Stitch.”
I discovered that a big part of the problem is the hook I used to crochet my swatch of the stitch. The tip of my Tunisian crochet hook is excessively blunt. The best crochet hooks for working bullion stitch are sharp and pointy. So if you happen to have a Tunisian crochet hook with a sharp, pointy hook, you’ll have an easier time of working this stitch than you would otherwise.
However, you should be aware that this is not an easy stitch by any means; it is definitely one I would recommend to advanced crocheters who are looking for a challenge.
I was unable to figure out whether there is a fix for the problem of the stitches leaning and the fabric biasing. There are straight, even stitches shown in the original illustration that accompanies these instructions. So I have deduced that the stitches in my sample, which is biased and leans, have some small issue that needs fixing. I imagine the bias may be something that can be blocked out of the fabric.
I don’t care much for the left-hand selvedge of the fabric.
I worked it according to the original instructions in the book. However, if I were going to make anything using this stitch, I would modify it to add a neater finish to the selvedge. I haven’t tested this idea to see how it would work, but I’d first try working the last stitch of the row in ordinary afghan stitch (Tunisian simple stitch) and perhaps adding some chains to it if needed to make the height work out right. That way, an edging could easily be added around the piece if desired.