How to Work Tunisian Crochet
Tunisian simple stitch
Watch this video to learn how to work the Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Tunisian Purl Stitch
This stitch may seem awkward at first because the yarn is held in front of your work instead of in the back, but a little practice helps! Begin by making a foundation chain, then work one row of Tunisian Simple Stitch. Then begin working the first Tunisian purl stitch row (below).
Step 1 Working from right to left and with the yarn in front, insert the hook the same way as when working the Tunisian Simple Stitch--behind the front vertical bar.
Step 2 Yarn over, wrapping the yarn behind and over the hook, as shown.
Step 3 Pull a loop through, and keep the new stitch on your hook.
Step 4 Repeat Steps 1 through 3, across the row. The photo below shows the row almost completed, with all the loops held on the hook.
At the end of the row, do not turn. Work the return pass the same way as the Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Tunisian Knit Stitch
This stitch makes a crochet fabric that is even denser than Tunisan Simple Stitch.
You will need a longer hook to work larger Tunisian patterns, but a regular hook works fine for smaller items and practice swatches. Begin by making a foundation chain, then work one row of Tunisian Simple Stitch. Then begin working the first Tunisian knit stitch row (below).
Step 1 Forward pass: Working from right to left and with the yarn in back of your work, insert the hook from front to back under the top horizontal strands and between the vertical bars of the stitch (through the middle of the "V"). Yarn over and pull a loop through, keeping it on your hook. Repeat across the row until there are as many loops on your hook as there are stitches in your swatch (there are 10 stitches in our swatch).
Step 2 Return pass: (This is the same as the return pass for the Tunisian Simple Stitch.) Yarn over and pull a loop through just the first loop on your hook.
Step 3 Yarn over and pull a loop through the next two loops. Repeat Step 3 across the rest of the row until only one loop remains on your hook.
Step 4 Here's what the piece looks like after completing the return pass. As you can see, this creates a crocheted fabric that looks very similar to knitting.
Increasing at the Beginning of the Row
Step 1 To increase at the right end of the row, start by making a crochet chain after you complete the return pass.
Step 2 Begin the next forward pass by working into each chain, keeping the new loops on your hook.
Step 3 After all the new chains have been worked into, continue making the rest of the forward pass as usual.
To increase on the left edge, work to the end of the row, remove your hook from the main piece of crochet, and chain the required number of added stitches with a separate piece of the same yarn. Put your hook back into the main piece of crochet and work the foundation forward pass into each chain of the separate piece. Work the return pass across the newly added stitches and the rest of the row.
If you want to learn more about Tunisian crochet, Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet by Sheryl Thies, published by Martingale ($22.99) is an excellent reference book.