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Tunisian Crochet How To + 38 Tunisian Crochet Patterns

Learn how to crochet the Tunisian crochet stitch and find patterns to try.

By: Jeanette Benoit, Editor,
Updated February 27, 2018
Tunisian Crochet How To  38 Tunisian Crochet Patterns

Once you've learned the basic crochet stitches, perhaps you find yourself wanting to expand your skills and learn something new, like how to crochet the Tunisian stitch.

What is Tunisian crochet? Also known as "afghan crochet," Tunisian crochet is a needlework technique that combines elements of both knitting and crocheting. A special hook (called an afghan hook or cro hook) is needed to complete this method of crochet.

To learn how to Tunisian crochet, check out our free tutorials below. Once you think you're ready to test out your skills, scroll down for free Tunisian stitch designs to try.

You'll find crochet afghan patterns, as well as other miscellaneous crochet patterns including clutches, ties, cowls, and more.

Before you begin, check out our how to Tunisian stitch video below. It's a step-by-step video designed to help you through the basics of working up the Tunisian stitch.


Tunisian Crochet Stitches Instructions

Tunisian Crochet Stitches Instructions

Start Tunisian just like regular crochet, with a set of crochet chains. Then, it's time to work your Tunisian stitch.

How to Crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss):  One row of Tunisian simple stitch is worked in two steps and using the front post of your work as follows, with yarn behind your work:

1. Forward Pass: Skip the first vertical bar; *insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and draw up a loop; repeat from * across, keeping all the loops you draw up on your afghan hook.

2. Return Pass: Yarn over and draw through one loop on your hook; *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook; repeat from * until only one loop remains on hook (one row of Tss complete).

How to Crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks): One row of Tunisian knit stitch is worked quite similarly to the Tss above, except that you use the space under the vertical bar or the space where you would normally insert your hook for a standard crochet stitch. The reverse pass is the same.

(YouTube) Tunisian Crochet Afghan Stitch Videos

Tunisian Crochet Tutorial Swatch

Expand your crochet skills to include the Tunisian crochet stitch. Learning a new technique is super easy when you have easy-to-follow free tutorials like these.

You can learn not only how to crochet the Tunisian crochet stitch, but also how to change colors in Tunisian crochet, how to do Tunisian double crochet, and more.

If you are a visual learner, sometimes it helps to watch someone go through the process for you, which is why we've included so many video tutorials for you to choose from.

You can even test these skills out on the bonus crochet pattern for beginners before venturing on to the other easy patterns!

Intermediate Tunisian Crochet Patterns

Practice Makes Perfect Tunisian Potholder

Once you've worked up a few easy crochet Tunisian patterns, try out some of these intermediate-level crochet patterns.

These crochet patterns are a little more difficult than the above group, but simply use what you've learned and practiced and you'll work these up super quickly. 

Tunisian Crochet Afghan Patterns

If you think the patterns above were easy, then you're probably ready to tackle one of these crochet afghan patterns.

Each one of these free crochet designs are created using the Tunisian crochet stitch. They're just what you need to give any room of your home an updated look.

Do you know how to work the Tunisian crochet stitch?

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Tunisian is such an interesting stitch and I like that it's different from others since you have to use the special hook. Cool collection.

I love this stitch, 25 years ago I made our daughter and son each a blanket. One was a duck rowing a boat and the other a raccoon holding an apple. Our children are now 31 and 28 yrs of age and still use their blankets when watching tv. Our daughters first request for her new born baby was a "cuddle" blanket for him. I wish I could find the original patterns, but have been able to design my own patter for our grandson.

If youre interested in exploring the fascinating world of Tunisian Crochet, this tutorial is an excellent place to start. I appreciate the admonition to start with the video. Its very good, but I do wish the Tunisian KNIT Stitch was included as well. I did find an excellent tutorial on YouTube (where else?) that clearly shows exactly where to place the hook. My first hook purchase was an afghan, and my first attempt was Entrelac. Didnt realize it was an advanced pattern until I was well into it.

Many, MANY years ago I made a Tunisian afghan with a lovely cream colored yarn that came in a kit that included other yarn for cross-stitching a pattern (I think it was a lion's head) over the cross bars. It took using the instructions that came with the kit AND buying a separate book to finally get this stitch right! Oh, how I wish I would've had your video back then. You made "getting" this stitch so clear that I'm ready to pick up my afghan hook and make something right now! Thanks for an excellent tutorial!

I love the Tunisian Stitch Crocheting and this How to Crochet the Tunisian Stitch 11 Easy Patterns is a must save and do. I'm not a knitter, but love the Tunisian crochet that looks a lot like knitting. I think that the Tunisian crochet is easier too.. Thank you so much for sharing this How to guide..

Please I need help i started a scarf and loved the pattern. then lost the stitch pattern and name. Now I can not find it anywhere even when i google Tunisian stitches, which i think it might be... but not sure i don't know what it is. Any help? see photos Thank you


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