Tunisian Simple Stitch

November 20, 2020

Hello everyone! Let's start our series with the Tunisian Simple Stitch!

Tunisian Crochet Basics 

  • Tunisian crochet projects are made up of a Foundation Row, multiple Forward/Return Pass Rows and, in most cases, a Bind Off Row

  • Use a hook 2-3 times larger than the yarn band recommends.

Always swatch for proper tension (personal recommendation due to the many variants with stitches/hooks/yarn)

There are a multitude of videos for this stitch so I won't add another, but Moogly.com has an excellent version to help you learn.

The Tunisian Simple Stitch is the most iconic and instantly recognizable Tunisian stitch. Most beginners learn this stitch first. It's also sometimes referred to as "the Afghan stitch" and abbreviated as "TSS" in most patterns. It has a slight curl because all the stitches are worked on the front of the project. Hence the importance of working with a proper sized hook and adjusting your tension for a nice finished fabric. I also recommend blocking this pattern stitch.

Let's begin!

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 Tunisian crochet hook.
  • Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your Forward Pass. Don't turn your work.
  • 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.

These 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.

TSS with a single ended hook:

Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) is worked through the FRONT vertical bar. 

  • Forward Pass - Insert your hook from right to left 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 - 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 pull up a loop.
  • 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 TSS.
  • 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 the 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.

That's the Tunisian Simple Stitch or TSS! You've done it!


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