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.
Essential Supplies for Tunisian Crochet
Here’s what you’ll need for your Tunisian crochet project:
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.
30 Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Tutorials
Check out these Tunisian crochet stitches and tutorials to help with your future projects. Happy crocheting!
This simple stitch is a great choice for getting started with learning Tunisian crochet. Once you get the hang of it, you can use this stitch with virtually any yarn weight, from lightweight options to super bulky. This beginner-level stitch is a good choice for making scarves, clothing, and all sorts of other patterns!
A play on the regular simple stitch, this twisted stitch has a little more flair. Still, it’s a basic stitch that’s good for beginners and can be used on a variety of projects. This pattern includes video tutorials for both right-handed and left-handed crocheters.
Here’s a stitch that gives you a knit-like fabric - but it’s made with Tunisian crochet! The placement of the hook and the way you pull up the loops is what gives this stitch a different look compared to other Tunisian crochet stitches.
This stitch makes a pattern that looks like little “V”s on one side, while the other side of the fabric looks more similar to single crochets. This one doesn’t include written instructions, but it has an excellent video tutorial!
This stitch looks incredibly similar to the purl stitch that is made with knitting. The detailed, written instructions and helpful video that are included in this tutorial will have you stitching away in no time!
Here’s a Tunisian stitch that looks very similar to a regular double crochet stitch. It creates a useful fabric that looks a little bit different from the front to the back. This stitch is another one that results in minimal curling.
Here’s a beautiful stitch that’s made using the Tunisian knit stitch and the Tunisian reverse stitch. Both left-handed and right-handed video tutorials are available for this stitch. You’ll find that there is minimal to no curling when you work the Tunisian seed stitch.
This stitch looks similar to a purl stitch, but with more of a tridimensional effect. This amazing stitch doesn’t curl, and because of that, it would be excellent for bordering a blanket, dishtowel, or scarf. This detailed tutorial features lots of pictures to guide you through learning this stitch.
This option is an excellent beginner stitch that’s actually very similar to the Tunisian simple stitch. It’s a solid stitch that tends to create a drapey fabric. Lots of pictures plus some troubleshooting tricks are available in this stitch tutorial.
This super fun stitch creates a basket weave pattern that’s full of texture! It’s similar to a traditional basket weave stitch, but it’s less bulky and uses less yarn. It also creates a more knit-like look.
This stitch looks like - you guessed it - tiny clusters! Some also say this fabric resembles tiny clam shells. This stitch doesn’t take much thinking once you get going, so it’s very relaxing to crochet!
This Tunisian stitch looks a little different than the traditional crochet moss stitch. It’s an easy stitch that’s created with a two-row repeat and is super versatile for making a variety of different projects.
This brick stitch is also commonly called the grid stitch. It creates a striking, brick-like pattern that looks super impressive but isn’t too hard to make. You’ll need two different colors for this stitch. Try a variegated yarn for beautiful and easy color changes!
This gorgeous stitch creates an interesting pattern featuring diagonal lines and delicate eyelets. It creates a drapey fabric that’s not difficult to crochet. This stitch would be a great choice for a shawl or a throw blanket.
This Tunisian stitch creates a recognizable ribbing that looks very similar to knit ribbing. Unlike the classic knit ribbing, however, this Tunisian stitch actually does not create a very stretchy fabric. This stitch could work well for a throw blanket or as a sweater trim.
This stitch offers a gorgeous “wave” movement that looks captivating on a variety of projects! By working stitches of varying heights, you’ll create a wave pattern that makes for a really interesting and beautiful fabric. Incorporating three different colors tends to work best for this stitch.
Crochet bobbles make such a fun fabric, and they’re fun to make, too! To make this stitch, you’ll use the half double crochet and the double crochet. There’s both a right hand and left hand tutorial video for this stitch, along with a pictured tutorial.
Although this lattice stitch makes an intricate-looking crisscross pattern, it’s actually ideal for beginners to make! This tutorial has detailed pictures as well as a video. This stitch would make a beautiful blanket!
This colorful stitch pattern works well with three different shades of yarn. It creates a woven-looking fabric that’s both interesting and simple to make. This stretchy fabric gives a modern look to your blanket or whatever project you choose!
This mesh stitch creates a lightweight fabric out of Tunisian crochet. With a couple of simple steps, you can create an alternative to the dense fabric that is more often made with Tunisian crochet. This cute stitch would be great for summer projects!
This stitch is super versatile! It’s a rhythmic stitch that you can work while you’re watching tv or sitting by the bonfire. The horizontal lines are reminiscent of tiny braids weaving through your fabric.
This lace Tunisian crochet stitch is super airy and makes a beautiful, drapey fabric. It looks especially lovely with variegated yarn, and would be an ideal stitch for a scarf or a shawl. The instructions for this stitch are shown as a video tutorial.
This drop stitch creates a light, airy fabric with little to no curling. A drapey, fashionable, fall scarf would be an excellent project for using this stitch. Check out the inspiration included in this tutorial!
This puff stitch creates a fun fabric that uses a little bit less yarn than the bobble stitch. It’s an easy stitch to work - even beginners can make it! This tutorial offers detailed written instructions with step-by-step pictures.
This sea-themed stitch looks like little shells filling your fabric. You might also see alligator skin in this stitch pattern! This is an easy Tunisian crochet stitch that would be a great option for making a hat or bag.
Did you know that you can make cables with Tunisian crochet? For this stitch, you’ll need both a Tunisian hook and a regular hook to help hold your stitches. Check out the written or video tutorial for this beautiful, four-row repeat stitch!
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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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