Tunisian Simple Stitch

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Broomstick Lace Class

Learn how to master Tunisian Crochet with an EXPERT from the comfort of your own home!

Worked with a tool that's a cross between a crochet hook and a knitting needle, Tunisian crochet creates interesting textures and lends itself to bold color combinations. In this class, you'll learn the basic Tunisian stitches before making a versatile garment that's worn eight different ways. Jennifer Hansen teaches you how in her online Craftsy class Tunisian Crochet.

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After the base row of the Tunisian crochet fabric is complete, any number of Tunisian Crochet stitches can be worked.  A very simple stitch that is usually learned first is Tunisian Simple Stitch, most often abbreviated within instructions as Tss.  Like any other Tunisian stitch, Tss is worked in two steps:  the Forward and the Reverse Pass.


Forward Pass:  Working Loops onto the Hook

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Stitch Composition


Take a look at the structure of the fabric stitches as shown to the left.  Just as with knitting or standard crochet, it is WHERE you work your stitch that controls the kind of stitch you make.

The stitches of the Tunisian crochet base row are comprised of a:

      • Front vertical bar
      • Back vertical bar
      • Upper horizontal thread
      • Lower horizontal thread

Tunisian simple stitch (Tss) is worked through the front vertical bar of the prior row.

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Forward Pass 1


The forward pass begins with a single loop on the hook from the prior row. Skip the first vertical bar that defines the "starting edge" of the fabric. 

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Forward Pass 2


[Insert the hook from right to left behind the next vertical bar and yarn over.  Draw a loop through and leave it on the hook.]  Repeat [] until the one vertical bar remains that defines the "far edge" of the fabric.

While it is possible to work this stitch as the prior stitches, some projects will require a more defined edge for this side of the fabric than working the vertical bar only will acheive.  Work this last stitch through the front vertical bar only, or follow the instructions for the last stitch of the forward pass.

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Completed Forward Pass


You have completed half of a Tunisian simple stitch row.


Reverse Pass:  Working Loops off the Hook

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Reverse Pass 1


As a general rule, the reverse pass of Tunisian crochet is worked exactly the same for any stitch.  It is the forward pass that defines the variation between stitches.

Once the forward pass is complete and all loops are on the hook, yarn over and draw through one loop only. 

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Reverse Pass 2


After this first stitch, [yarn over, draw through two loops]  Repeat [] until only one stitch remains on the hook.  Do not turn.

Tunisian Simple Stitch, Completed


A row of Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss)  is complete!