How to crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS). A crochet stitch that looks like knitting but it is done using a crochet hook. Step by step tutorial.
When I was decluttering I found two Tunisian crochet hooks mixed in with my knitting needles :). Times have moved on a lot, and nowadays it is pretty easy to get to grips with a new craft by watching You Tube videos and reading online tutorials. The one things I kept seeing was that picking up the foundation loops thru the “bump” would minimize the roll. It does, a bit, but not enough for me. I watched a LOT of videos. To be fair, they tended to be after midnight and after a LONG day of cleaning, but still…
The Tunisian stitch is also know as the afghan stitch and each row consists of two parts. You can make an afghan with this stitch, however you will need to purchase a crochet hook with an extended cable and stopper so you can work the longer length. First you pick up all the loops and hold them on the hook. When you reach the end of the foundation chain, you work the stitches back off the hook, two at a time. Because you keep all the stitches on the hook during the first part of the row, you have to use a special hook for this method. The afghan hook looks a lot like a knitting needle. It has a stop on one end and the crochet hook is on the other end. If you would like to try it, all you’ll need is the special hook and some cotton worsted weight yarn.
Let me just show a few samples. This is the standard Tunisian Simple Stitch. Chain 30. Insert hook in the second chain from hook, yarn over and draw up the loop. Holding all the loops on the hook, draw up a loop in each chain across. DO NOT TURN. Yarn over, draw through the first loop on the hook. *yarn over, draw through the next 2 loops on the hook. Repeat from * all the way across until 1 loop remains. The last loop will always be the first loop for the next row. Skip the first vertical bar (the last stitch of the previous row). * Insert the hook into the next vertical bar, thread it over, pull it through and hold the loop on the hook. Keeping all the loops on the hook, repeat from * across. DO NOT TURN. Yarn over, draw through the first loop on the hook. **Yarn over, draw through the next 2 loops on the hook. Repeat from ** back across until 1 loop remains.
Last Row: Skip the first vertical bar as usual. Insert hook in the next vertical bar, yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook. Insert hook in next vertical bar and complete a slip stitch. Slip stitch in each vertical bar across. Fasten off. Weave in the clipped ends.
Edging: (Note: If you wish to put the edging on, you may or may not use the last row. This next picture shows a last row. However, it is just as easy to fasten off at the end of the last regular Tunisian row and put the single crochet in under the vertical bars as you come around that last edge.) Cast on a second color two stitches down from the corner. Put a single crochet in each stitch around the edge, with a (sc, ch, sc) in each corner. When you reach the beginning stitch, slip stitch and fasten off. This stitch tends to curl. I always fix the problem by adding an edge to this stitch, worked with a different stitch ( a single/ half double/double crochet stitch) or something similar. Hope this helps.
One thing I noticed in doing Tunisian Crochet is that one needs to make sure the yarn does not become too tight while working it. to add to averting the curl a bit, I’ve always preferred working in the back bumps of a chain (always leaves a nicer plain edge).
when I first learned crochet from a kit, I hated the one loop they tell you to work in to. it never looked right to me.
same goes for ribbing. working in back loops only. just not for me. post stitches worked much better. unless you’re going for a drape look, then go ahead and do the back loops.
Sure! If you want more rows of edging without the cloth becoming too big, you should probably use fewer chains in your foundation. Try 28 instead of 30. When you complete the first round, slip stitch as directed then chain 2 to make a ‘rise for the next row. Sc in the next stitch and continue with the round. You’ll need to put extra stitches and chains to round the corners.