Tunisian Crochet

If ever there was something to make crochet even better than it already is, it has to be learning Tunisian Crochet. The love child of crochet and knitting, it’s a craft that looks far more complicated than it is but (as is the case with most crafts) it’s super simple once you get the hang of it 🙂 Not only does Tunisian Crochet have a wonderfully dense texture but it’s also squishy and stretchy and so it’s just right for scarves or jumpers. Even better is you only really need one special supply and that is a Tunisian Crochet hook. Like a cross between a super sized crochet hook and a knitting needle, you can pick these up from everyone’s favourite craft website woolwarehouse .

Anyway, enough chatting, let’s get down to making a Tunisian Crochet test swatch in Simple Stitch (aka Afghan Stitch)

Let’s begin by pointing out that there are no multiples required with the Afghan stitch, so you can work it with any size of foundation chain. You can also use any yarn or wool that takes your fancy, just remember to switch your hook size up or down depending on the yarn thickness and to prevent too much curl (as is the nature of this stitch) try working with a hook size up from what you’d normally use 🙂

  • Tunisian Crochet is worked in 2 parts for each row, the first part being forward and the second being backwards so …..
  • Chain 10
  • Row 1 (forwards) – Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop remembering to leave the loop on the hook. Insert the hook into the next chain, yarn over, pull up a loop and continue across until you have a row of new loops on your hook (one for each chain).
  • Row 1 (backwards) – Insert the hook into the first loop, yarn over and pull up. Yarn over, pull up 2 loops and repeat all the way across until you’ve only 1 loop left on the hook.
  • Row 2 (forwards) – Insert the hook into the second bar from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop remembering to leave the loop on the hook. Continue across until the end of the row.
  • Row 2 (backwards) – Yarn over, pull through the first loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Repeat until you’ve only 1 loop left.
  • Next time we’ll cover Tunisian Crochet in the round so you can produce things such as this
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