It is time to learn how to do the tunisian crochet simple stitch!
Once you have mastered the tunisian crochet foundation row, you are ready to move on to the simple stitch. This crochet tutorial will show you how step by step!
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The written tutorial is set out below with photos. However, if you prefer a demonstration of how to complete the tunisian crochet simple stitch, you can check out the video below.
For this tutorial, I have used a worsted weight acrylic yarn. However, you can use any kind of yarn you have on hand to practice your tunisian crochet simple stitches.
You will also need a tunisian crochet hook, also known as an afghan hook, such as this Clover Double Ended Crochet Hook from Lion Brand
For this tutorial I used a 6.0 mm hook.
Tunisian crochet generally requires a larger hook size than typical crochet in order to keep your work from becoming too stiff. In this regard, I recommend using a hook two sizes larger than is recommended on the yarn label.
One of the first things you might notice about tunisian crochet is that unlike regular crochet, you will not turn your work. All your stitches will be completed on the right side of your work.
A complete tunisian crochet simple stitch row is made up of both a forward pass and a reverse pass, just like in the foundation row.
The forward pass and reverse pass are set out separately below for clarity.
Try to keep your stitches on the looser side when doing tunisian crochet in order to complete your stitches easily. Tunisian crochet has a tendency to become tight as you work along. And paying attention to your tension and keeping it loose is key.
In addition, tunisian crochet loves to curl. This is totally normal, so do not worry when it happens to your work.
To try to prevent curling, you can start your foundation row in the back bump of your chain or go up another hook size. In addition, curling can be remedied at the end of a project by adding a border. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will not be adding a border.
Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch – Forward Pass
- You will start by making a foundation row as shown in the first photo above. You can make your foundation row as long as you wish.
It is a good idea to keep in mind how many stitches are in your foundation row in order to ensure you are creating the correct amount of simple stitches.
2. When you look at your foundation row, locate the vertical bars created by the stitches you made. You can see these vertical bars marked clearly in the second photo above.
The loop already on your hook will count as the first loop in your forward pass.
Skip the first vertical bar and insert your hook under the second vertical bar from your hook, as shown in the third photo above.
3. Next you will yarn over (see first photo above).
4. Pull through the first loop on your hook. You will now have two loops on your hook (see the second photo above).
5. Complete steps 2 to 4 for each vertical bar along your foundation row, except the last one.
You will do this on the last stitch of the forward pass of every tunisian crochet row you complete.
7. Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook as usual.
You will now have a completed forward pass for your tunisian simple stitch. It should look similar to the second photo above.
Be sure to count the loops on your hook. They should equal the number of stitches you began with in your foundation row.
We will now begin the return pass.
Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch – Reverse Pass
- To begin the reverse pass, yarn over as shown in the first photo above.
2. Pull through the first loop on your hook. Your first stitch should look like the second photo above.
3. For the second stitch, you are going to yarn over again.
4. Next you will pull through the first 2 loops on your hook. Your two completed stitches should look similar to the first photo above.
5. Complete steps 3 and 4 for all the remaining loops on your hook. You will be left with one loop left on your hook. See the second photo above.
And that is your tunisian crochet simple stitch row complete! Be sure to double check your stitch count.
Repeat the forward and reverse passes to complete further rows. After several rows, your work will look like the photo below.
I hope you enjoyed this tunisian crochet simple stitch tutorial. You are now one step closer to being able to complete a tunisian crochet project of your own.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Until next time, happy tunisian stitching!