Teaching you how to crochet, one stitch at a time
The Tunisian Simple Stitch is a Fundamental Part of Tunisian Crochet
If learning Tunisian crochet has been on you’re to-do list, you’re in the right place. The most basic Tunisian crochet stitch is the Tunisian Simple Stitch and is the place to start when just starting out.
Don’t be fooled by its simple nature. The Tunisian simple stitch is very impressive for a many reasons. Let’s have a look at a few I find most important:
- It looks very advanced. You’ll impress anyone with these skills!
- It has great texture. Just look at those bars!
- It creates a solid and stretchy fabric. Perfect for clothing and other wearables.
Tunisian crochet is a great change of pace from our usual hooking motions. It employs a completely different technique, creates a very different variety of stitches and we still get to use a hook. Tunisian crochet can even create stitches that look like knitting! Have a look at my recent pattern to see for yourself!
If you love crochet as much as I do, you have to try Tunisian crochet at least once. This is a great place for you to start, with the Tunisian Simple Stitch!
Are you convinced yet?
LETS GIVE IT A TRY
In this tutorial we’re going to work up a test swatch. You’ll only need about 10 yards of yarn. Anything in your stash will do. You’ll also need a Tunisian crochet hook. Yes, these are different than the hooks you use for standard crochet and you definitely need to have at least one in your collection. Our short crochet hooks do not work for Tunisian crochet.
Here are the hooks I use personally and recommend because they are wonderful!
- Scheepjeswol Stone Washed XL
- 6 mm Tunisian Crochet hook
WE WILL USE THE FOLLOWING STITCHES
- Chain (Ch)
- Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS)
How To Crochet The Tunisian Simple Stitch With Brittany
This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
The Tunisian Simple Stitch does not require that you work in a multiple. You can work with a foundation chain of any size.
Make any size foundation chain you’d like. In the tutorial, I started with 15 chains.
Row 1 Forward Pass: Insert hook into the second chain from hook. YO and pull up a loop (leave loop on hook). Insert hook into the next chain, YO and pull up a loop. Repeat until you have collected loops from each chain.
Row 1 Backward Pass: YO and pull through the first loop (I recommend placing a stitch marker in this chain to help you know where to work your last stitch later on). YO and pull through two loops. Repeat until you only have one loop remaining on your hook.
Row 2 Forward Pass: Insert hook into the second bar from hook. YO and pull up a loop (leave loop on hook). Insert hook into the next chain, YO and pull up a loop. Repeat until you have collected loops from each stitch.
Row 2 Backward Pass: YO and pull through the first loop (I recommend placing a stitch marker in this chain to help you know where to work your last stitch later on). YO and pull through two loops. Repeat until you only have one loop remaining on your hook.
Repeat the forward and backward pass of row two until your project reaches the desired length.
When you’re ready to bind off
Begin your bind off process at the end of a backward pass.
Insert hook into the second bar from hook. YO and pull up a loop and pull that same loop through the loop on your hook. Repeat for each stitch.
Bind off as usual.