Tunisian Purl Stitch

November 27, 2020

Hello everyone! 

We've learned the TSS - once you have TPS (Tunisian Purl Stitch) down, there are so many fun projects incorporating this with other stitches!
A video tutorial for TPS is available from CrochetKim

The Tunisian purl stitch, or TPS, gives a soft texture to the fabric and also counteracts curling.  Few patterns use only TPS. I believe it to be a "Utility" stitch in Tunisian crochet more than a design stitch. It's works so well when combining it with other stitches to create unique textures. This stitch looks almost the exactly like the knitted purl stitch. What distinguishes TPS from other Tunisian stitches is the placement of your working yarn when you insert your crochet hook and how you pull up the loops. Just as in knitting, TPS is worked with the yarn held in front of the fabric, rather than it’s usual position behind the fabric. 

TPS is a stitch some people struggle with while others have no issues, so don’t get discouraged if it's a bit awkward at first, it may take some getting used to but it is a very good stitch to learn. It’s a little fiddly to master, but with practice it’s a great addition to your skills. TPS is similar to TRS (Tunisian Reverse Stitch), though it produces as thinner, less dense fabric.

Hint: A row of purl stitches after your foundation row (regardless of the stitch pattern planned in the project) and  binding off in TPS can reduce the curl of the overall project considerably.

The very popular Honeycomb Stitch uses a combination of TSS & TPS.

It's always nice to have the video tutorial, however, you should also have the resources to read a written pattern as well. Below is the written instructions for TPS:

Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:

  • Create a chain (later we'll explore different cast ons)
  • (1) Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.
  • (2) Yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave that loop on your hook.
  • Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your "Forward Pass". Don't turn your work.
  • Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.

Those steps create your foundation row. You'll see vertical bars across the row and proceed to make different types of stitches in the remaining rows of the work.

TPS with a single ended hook.

Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS) is worked similar to TSS with one exception: the working yarn is held to the front of your work. 

  • Forward Pass - WYIF (with yarn in front) - Insert your hook from right to left (assuming that you are right-handed), so that the hook goes behind the front vertical bar (keeping the hook to the front of the work, not front-to-back).
  • Draw up a loop. Leave it on your hook. Repeat across the row to the last vertical bar before the left edge.
  • Last stitch of the forward pass - work a TSS final stitch of the row.
  • Return Pass - Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.

Continue making Forward & Return passes to your desired length.

Bind off row
There are only a few times when the bind off isn’t necessary. It typically isn't needed for most lace designs since that would close up an otherwise lacy project.

Binding off starts just as you would any other row.  Insert your hook as you would for TPS.

  • WYIF - Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue pulling through the loop on the hook. You're only doing a slip stitch, just like any other slip stitch in regular crochet. Repeat across the row to the last stitch.
  • Last stitch - insert your hook under both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and finish the slip stitch.  Chain 1, cut the yarn and pull through the loop to fasten off.

Below are examples of TPS. See the photo captions for descriptions.

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