This is some information on one of my favorite crochet stitches, it is called the "Tunisian Crochet", this stitch is so versatile you can create so many things using this stitch, for example; outerwears , blankets and so much more.
Tunisian crochet has a two step method in forming stitches. The first step is known as forward, where the loops are gathered on the hook working from right to left. The second step is known as the return where the loops are connected to one another and dropped off the hook. The return is worked from left to right.
The tunisian crochet has tight dense stitches that are well designed for winter blankest and outerwear as I mentioned earlier, that will keep the cold out. To soften the stiff nature of tunisian crochet you must use a larger size hook, possibly three time larger than the regular size tunisian hook.
To get these large size hooks, there is a website called Mo-ez unlimited, which makes these large size hooks just for tunisian crochet. These hooks are specially made by Monte and his wife Val, these hooks are not sold in stores, you would have to order these hooks through their website.
When working the beginning chains of the tunisian crochet, always add 2 chains to the desired number of chains. This will allow you to create the edge of your piece using the basic stitch formation on the first and last stitches of the row, so you don't break the pattern of your piece.
Tunisian crochet is well adapted for changing colors of yarn. With practice and patience, you can use cross stitch patterns to create designs in the crochet.
In conclusion, many people will work the main piece in one color and then cross stitch the pattern on top, which I have also done with one of my blankets below; however; the pattern can actually be crocheted into the piece, much like those fancy machine knitted garments you see in the stores.