Tunisian crochet basics ans Tunisian simple stitch (tss)

 

Tunisian crochet is different from regular crochet in that each row is made up of a forward pass and a return pass, the work never being turned. 


In this tutorial, I will be helping you familiarize yourself with the terms used in Tunisian crochet, all while learning one of its basic stitches: the Tunisian simple stitch (tss). 


Start with the specified number of chains; here we are starting with 12 chs.

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1st row forward pass: begin by inserting hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and draw up a loop.

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Insert hook in next ch, yarn over and draw up a loop = 3 loops on hook.

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Yarn over and draw up a loop in each ch across.

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1st row return pass: yarn over and draw a loop through first loop on hook.

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Yarn over and draw through next 2 loops on hook.

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Yarn over and draw through next 2 loops on hook until 1 loop remains. Your first row is complete.

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2nd row forward pass: you will be working behind the vertical bars, as identified in the picture.

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Do NOT start in the first vertical bar, as identified in the picture.

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Insert hook in next vertical bar, yarn over and draw up a loop.

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Repeat this step for each vertical bar.

The last vertical bar is worked by inserting the hook at the side of the work, behind the 2 lateral bars, as pictured:

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Yarn over and draw up a loop.

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2nd row return pass: yarn over and draw through first loop on hook.  

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Yarn over and draw through next 2 loops.

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Repeat this step until 1 loop remains on hook. Your second row is now complete. Your row is made up of 12 vertical bars, including the 1st and last ones at either end.

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Repeat 2nd row steps for subsequent rows.

 

To “finish off” in Tunisian crochet, work 1 sl st in each vertical bar across (including the last stitch worked behind the 2 lateral bars at the end).

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