Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet or Very Easy Tunisian Knitting You Should Learn, is a versatile and fun technique that combines elements of both knitting and crochet. It creates a fabric with a beautiful texture, making it a great option for blankets, scarves, and other projects. Here’s a very easy Tunisian crochet stitch for you to learn, the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS):
- Tunisian crochet hook (larger than your regular crochet hook, typically 2-3 sizes larger)
- Worsted weight yarn
- TSS: Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Ch: Chain
- YO: Yarn Over
- Ret: Return pass
1-Make a foundation chain with an even number of stitches. The number of chains depends on the width you want for your project.
- Start with the second chain from the hook.
- Insert your hook from right to left under the front vertical bar (the “V”) of the second chain.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook.
- Continue to insert your hook from right to left under the front vertical bar of each chain across the row, yarn over, and pull up a loop for each chain. Keep the loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through the first loop only. You have 2 loops remaining on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through two loops. Continue this step, yarn over, and pull through two loops until you have one loop left on your hook.
Forward Pass (Second Row):
- Insert your hook from right to left under the front vertical bar of the second vertical bar of the previous row.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop.
- Repeat this step for each vertical bar across the row, keeping all the loops on your hook.
- Same as before, yarn over and pull through the first loop only.
- Yarn over and pull through two loops. Continue until you have one loop left on your hook.
Repeat the Forward Pass and Return Pass for each row. This will create a simple and dense fabric with a woven texture. Continue until your project reaches the desired length, and finish off as you would in regular crochet.
The Tunisian Simple Stitch is one of the basic stitches in Tunisian crochet, and it’s a great starting point for beginners. Once you’ve mastered this stitch, you can explore more complex Tunisian crochet patterns and create beautiful projects. Enjoy your Tunisian crochet journey!