Tunisian crochet is a unique and textured crochet technique that falls between traditional crochet and knitting. It creates a dense and sturdy fabric with a distinctive look. Here’s a simple Tunisian crochet pattern for a basic square motif that you can use as a coaster or combine to make larger projects like blankets or scarves.
- Worsted weight yarn in your choice of color
- Appropriate Tunisian crochet hook size for your yarn (usually a size larger than what’s recommended on the yarn label)
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends
- Ch: Chain
- Tss: Tunisian Simple Stitch
- Foundation Row: Chain any even number of stitches (e.g., 20 chains).
- Forward Pass: Insert your hook from right to left through the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat this for all chains. You will have a total of 20 loops on your hook.
- Return Pass: Yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops for the rest of the stitches. At the end of the row, you’ll have one loop remaining on your hook.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until your piece is a square. You’ll always work the Forward Pass and Return Pass for each row.
- Bind Off: To finish your project, insert your hook into the first vertical bar (the loop on your hook counts as the first loop). Yarn over and pull through both the loop on your hook and the loop on the hook. Continue this for all stitches across the row. Cut your yarn, leaving a tail, and pull it through the last loop to secure.
Finishing: Weave in any loose ends using a yarn needle.
Feel free to experiment with colors and yarn types to create different effects. This pattern is just the starting point, and Tunisian crochet offers many possibilities for more complex stitch patterns and projects. Enjoy your Tunisian crochet adventure!