How to Two-Color Tunisian Crochet in the Round

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to take a class with Lily Chin, you might have heard her explain how she discovered the incredible two-color Tunisian crochet technique after hours of experimenting and swatching. (If you haven’t had the chance to learn from Lily in person, try her video download on two-color Tunisian crochet for all her expert tips and tricks!)

What is two-color Tunisian?

Two-color Tunisian crochet is a method of creating colorwork in crochet. There are no floats in the colorwork; instead, the way the hook enters the stitch determines the color. A Tunisian crochet round consists of two passes: a right-side-facing forward pass, picking up stitches in the main color, and a wrong-side-facing pass to work off stitches from the opposite end of the hook in the second color. You will need a double-ended crochet hook.

What stitches and techniques do you need to know?

As you work the right-side pass, you need to know the Tunisian knit stitch and the reverse Tunisian simple stitch. Because you insert your hook in such different ways, the differences in how these stitches are worked will help create the color change.

Tunisian knit stitch (tks)
To work the Tunisian knit stitch, insert hook between next vertical bars under horizontal strands, yarn over with main color and pull up loop, leave loop on hook. The loop will be worked off later in the wrong-side pass.

Identify the next two vertical bars. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Identify the next two vertical bars. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Insert hook between the vertical bars under horizontal strands. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Insert hook between the vertical bars under horizontal strands. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Yarn over and pull up a loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Yarn over and pull up a loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Reverse Tunisian simple stitch (rtss)
To work the reverse Tunisian simple stitch, pick up loop in back vertical bar, yarn over with main color and pull up loop, leave loop on hook. The loop will be worked off later in the wrong-side pass.

Identify the back vertical bar. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Identify the back vertical bar. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Insert hook in back vertical bar. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Insert hook in back vertical bar. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Yarn over and pull up a loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Yarn over and pull up a loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Working the wrong-side pass
When you have accumulated enough stitches on your hook that it starts to feel crowded, flip your work so that the wrong side of the work is facing you and begin working with the opposite end of the hook. Yarn over with your second color and draw through 1 loop at the very beginning. Then continue with yarn over and draw through 2 loops until 3–4 stitches remain on the hook. Then flip your work back to have the right side of the work facing you, return to working with the original side of the hook, and continue working in the pattern established with tks and rtss to create the color patterning.

Pull up stitches and leave them on your hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Pull up stitches and leave them on your hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Once your hook feels crowded, flip your work so the wrong side is facing you and work off the opposite end of the hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Once your hook feels crowded, flip your work so the wrong side is facing you and work off the opposite end of the hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

With your second color, yarn over and pull up a loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

With your second color, yarn over and draw through one loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

With second color, yarn over and draw through 2 loops. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

With second color, continue to yarn over and draw through 2 loops until 3-4 stitches remain on the hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

With second color, continue to yarn over and draw through 2 loops until 3-4 stitches remain on the hook. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Tunisian knit stitch, reverse Tunisian simple stitch, and the return pass with the second color are the main principles you need to understand to work two-color Tunisian crochet. Try it out with the Urbane Hat and Cowl Set from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018! And don’t forget: If you still find this method confusing, you’ll love watching Lily Chin work her magic in her Two-Color Tunisian Crochet In-the-Round Video Download.

Urbane Hat and Cowl Set | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography

Urbane Hat and Cowl Set | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography

What will you make first with this impressive technique? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Stitching!
Sara

(Featured Image: Urbane Hat and Cowl Set from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography)


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