Tunisian Crochet Stitches

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Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch
Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch. Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch -- Photos © Amy Solovay

Here you'll find good advice, free tutorials andhelpful easy to follow instructions for working various Tunisian crochet stitches.

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    What are Tunisian Crochet Stitches?

    All Tunisian crochet stitches have a couple of things in common that distinguish them from other kinds of crochet stitches you may be familiar with.

    First, you need to do the stitch with a long hook that has a kind of knob called a stopper at the end. You can buy these almost anywhere that sells yarn for crocheting. Some nice handmade ones are available on Etsy and elsewhere.

    The hooks used for Tunisian crotchet stitches are somewhat similar to knitting needles. The stopper at the end of a...MORE Tunisian crochet hook has much the same function as the stopper on a knitting needle -- to keep the stitches from falling off.

    Another difference between Tunisian crochet stitches and other stitches used in crocheting has to do with how each of the rows is worked. Unlike other crochet stitches, the Tunisian crochet stitch requires you to work each row in two passes; on the first pass you loop the yarn onto the hook and then on the second pass you loop it back off again. 

    But don't worry about these differences. The tutorials  show you exactly how the Tunisian crochet stitch works. It's not, as they say, brain surgery. 

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    Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch
    Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch. Afghan Stitch, AKA Tunisian Simple Stitch -- Photos © Amy Solovay

    Afghan stitch is one of the best-known Tunisian crochet stitches. This step-by-step tutorial includes photos and instructions for how to crochet this classic stitch.

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    Tunisian Knit Stitch -- Looks Like Stockinette Stitch in Knitting, but This Stitch Is Crocheted.
    Tunisian Knit Stitch -- The Front Side of This Stitch Looks Like the Stockinette Stitch in Knitting, but It's Crocheted. Tunisian Knit Stitch -- Photo © Amy Solovay

    The Tunisian knit stitch is so named because it looks like knitting; the right side of the fabric resembles knitted stockinette stitch (AKA stocking stitch.) I've encountered people who refer to this technique as "knitting with a crochet hook." That way of describing it isn't entirely accurate, because the resulting fabric is structurally different than a knitted fabric; it's thicker, and it has less stretch. Still, there's no arguing that the fabric looks knitted, and if...MORE you are interested in achieving a knitted look with your crochet work, this stitch is a good one to have in your repetoire.

  • 04 of 08

    Want to make seamless tube-shaped crochet projects using afghan stitch or other Tunisian crochet stitches? I've rounded up links to videos and tutorials teaching you how to do this intriguing technique: Tunisian crochet in the round.

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  • 05 of 08

    Rectangles and squares are great, but there are going to be times when you want to create some shaping in your work.  For those occasions, it's helpful to know how to increase and decrease in afghan stitch.

  • 06 of 08

    Angela Grabowski, AKA "ARNie," has shared instructions for many different Tunisian crochet stitches on her website.

  • 07 of 08

    More Information on Tunisian Crochet Stitches

    Here are additional articles about Tunisian Crochet Stitches, including patterns and techniques. | What Is Tunisian Crochet? | Free Tunisian Crochet Patterns | Crochet Techniques | Free Crochet Patterns

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