Ennis Shawl: Tunisian Tall Stitches

If you have ever crochet a project using Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch, or Tunisian purl stitch, you have probably noticed that they have some in common. These three stitches are all relatively short, closer in height to a single crochet stitch.

 
  Ennis Shawl by Vashti Braha

The height of these Tunisian stitches creates a thick, warm fabric perfect for sweaters, hats, scarves, and bags. But these popular Tunisian stitches, like single crochet, are slower than taller stitches.

But you can work Tunisian double crochet, Tunisian treble crochet, and Tunisian double crochet stitches as well. These gorgeous stitches have more stability and structure than their counterpart, non-Tunisian stitches.  Take advantage of the benefits of both tall Tunisian crochet stitches as well as the more conventional simple, knit, and purl Tunisian stitches to create unique projects like the Ennis Shawl by Vashti Braha from the Interweave Crochet Summer 2013 issue.

The Ennis Shawl uses a tall Tunisian stitch called the Tunisian Twisted Double Treble. This stitch is worked into a row of Tunisian stitches. To work the stitch follow the steps below.

 
  Chain to the height of the Tunisian stitch. Yarn over 3 times.
 
  Insert hook from left to right behind the vertical bar of the indicated stitch.
 
  Pull up a loop. There should be 4 loops on your hook.
 
  Yarn over and draw through 2 loops 3 times. One loop should remain on your hook. Leave this loop on the hook and work the next stitch. Just like with Tunisian's other stitches, one loop for each stitch will be kept on the hook on the forward pass.
 

The return pass is worked as normal. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on the hook.

So grab your hook and favorite spring yarn and learn how to create tall Tunisian crochet stitches with the Ennis Shawl.

Best wishes,

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