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30 Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Tutorials

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Whether you’re just starting out with Tunisian crochet or looking to expand your stitch repertoire, this collection of Tunisian crochet stitches is full of possibilities. From beginner-friendly basic stitches to more intricate options for those who are ready for a challenge, there are dozens of choices waiting to inspire your next project.

Our Favorite Tunisian Crochet Stitches

Get ready to be inspired by all the beautiful patterns and designs you can make with Tunisian crochet!

In this curated collection, you’ll find our favorite Tunisian crochet stitch tutorials. We start with basic Tunisian crochet stitches, perfect for beginners and ideal for a variety of projects. From there, we’ll showcase options for textured stitch patterns, vibrant colorwork, and even delicate lace stitches.

Whether you’re looking for a shell-stitch design, knit-like ribbing, basketweave fabric, or bobbles, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started!

What is Tunisian crochet?

Tunisian crochet is sometimes referred to as a cross between crocheting and knitting. It’s done with a special Tunisian crochet hook – usually longer than a regular crochet hook with a stopper at the end.

Tunisian Vs. Traditional Crochet and Knitting

Now, you may be wondering, how is Tunisian crochet different from regular crochet and knitting? With traditional crochet, you’ll work with one stitch on your hook at a time. But Tunisian crochet is a bit like knitting in the way that you’ll hold a whole row of stitches on your hook at once.

You’ll work back and forth down the row to form one complete row of stitches. This twofold process is called the forward pass and the return pass. 

Why learn Tunisian crochet?

So, why take up Tunisian crochet? Aside from the fact that it’s really fun, Tunisian crochet combines many of the benefits of crocheting and knitting. It creates a squishy, thick fabric with beautiful texture – even knit-like textures and cables. It also tends to be faster than both crocheting and knitting.

You can learn Tunisian crochet without any previous crochet experience. But if you already know how to crochet, you’ll love the new textures and fabric options this technique opens up.  

What projects are good for Tunisian crochet?

Because it often produces a dense, warm fabric, Tunisian crochet is particularly great for making thicker projects such as throws, blankets, scarves, cushions, and dishcloths.

30 Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Tutorials

Check out these Tunisian crochet stitches and tutorials to help with your future projects. Happy crocheting!

Essential Supplies for Tunisian Crochet

Here’s what you’ll need for your Tunisian crochet project:

  • Yarn
  • Tunisian hook(s)
  • Other notions (stitch markers, scissors, yarn needle, etc.)
  • Any other notions your project requires

Tunisian crochet hooks

Tunisian hooks look similar to regular crochet hooks but with a couple of slight differences. Firstly, they are usually longer, since they need to hold an entire row of stitches at once. Second, many Tunisian hooks have a stopper at the end to keep your stitches from falling off. 

If you don’t have a Tunisian hook, you can still try Tunisian crochet out by putting a makeshift stopper, such as a rubber band, around the end of a regular crochet hook (the longer the hook, the better). Just make sure to choose a hook with a straight shaft and no thumb grip.

What kind of yarn is best for Tunisian crochet?

Tunisian crochet hooks come in various sizes to suit different yarn weights. But if you’re just practicing, we recommend using a medium-weight, light-colored yarn with a smooth texture so that you can see your stitches easier and catch any mistakes.

Tips and Tricks for Tunisian Crochet

Start with an easy project.

If it’s your first time trying Tunisian crochet, start with a basic stitch, like the Tunisian Simple Stitch (#1), and a small project, like a dishcloth or baby blanket. 

Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can graduate to larger projects like throws and blankets.

Be prepared for curling.

Tunisian crochet fabric tends to curl more than traditional crochet fabric. Some stitches curl less than others. You can mitigate this by using a slightly larger hook and blocking your project when you’re finished.

Grab an interchangeable hook set.

A set of interchangeable crochet hooks means that you’ll be prepared for any project – no matter the hook size needed. We love this set of interchangeable hooks by Clover that includes a variety of hooks, cords, and cord stoppers.

Gather enough yarn

Tunisian crochet uses more yarn than regular crochet, but the beautiful results are well worth it! When in doubt, grab more yarn for your project than you think you’ll need. If you’re following a pattern, be sure to check to see how much yarn it suggests having on hand.

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Saturday 26th of August 2023

Thank you for this list! It's inspiring!