Video Tutorial: Tunisian Crochet

I always love learning new techniques. Tunisian crochet is really cool, and I thought you might be interested in learning how to work it. Here's a video tutorial to teach you how:

Tunisian crochet is worked using either a Tunisian hook (sometimes called an Afghan hook) or a regular crochet hook that does not widen at the grip. A Tunisian hook looks like a regular crochet hook, only longer, and without a wide grip. Some Tunisian hooks are made extra long with a cord or wire that extends from the end of the hook. It is longer because you pick up stitches across the row, much like knitting, then work the stitches off the hook as in crochet. A single row is made up of both a forward pass and a return pass. With Tunisian crochet, the right side of the work is always facing you.


Pull out your swatching yarn and give it a try. Create a chain long enough for a good size swatch. For the foundation forward pass, pull up a loop in the bottom ridge loop of the second chain from the hook (see Figure 1), leave this loop on the hook and *pull up a loop in the next bottom ridge loop of the foundation chain leaving this loop on the hook as well; repeat from * the entire way across the foundation chain (see Figure 2).

You should pull up one fewer loops on your hook than chains you made for the foundation chain. The loop already on your hook when you begin pulling up loops counts as the first st. To work the Return Pass yarn over and draw through first loop on hook (this stitch becomes your selvedge stitch), *yarn over and draw through two loops on hook (see Figure 3); repeat from * until you have only one loop left on the hook, leave the last loop on your hook (it becomes the selvedge stitch for the other side of the fabric).

The Spice Market Tunic by Sheryl Means is a beautiful Tunisian crochet pattern.
I love the texture.

For the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) forward pass (FwP), insert the hook from right to left behind the 2nd vertical bar (see Figure 4), yarn over and pull up a loop leaving this loop on the hook, *insert the hook from right to left behind the next vertical bar leaving this loop on the hook as well; repeat from * to the last vertical bar. When working the last vertical bar insert the hook behind both the vertical bar and an additional loop at the edge of the fabric. This creates a more stable edge. Now work the return pass as above. You've just done two rows of Tunisian crochet!

Continue to repeat the Tunisian simple stitch Forward Pass and Return Pass to create this unique fabric. 

As I always say, a little crochet never hurt anyone! Try this technique and add it to your knit and crochet skill-set. And if you're already a fan of crochet or you want to incorporate it into your knitting projects, check out our free eBook of knit and crochet patterns!


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