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Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Afghan Patterns for Beginners (How-To Tutorial)

Those looking to learn about Tunisian crochet stitches and maybe find some inspiration in Tunisian patterns have landed in the right place.

These patterns are ultra popular in the world of crochet. In this tutorial, we will learn the basics of those art forms and show you some free Afghan crochet patterns you can try yourself.

Huge thanks to Donna for her contributions to this tutorial. She is a great help for crochet advice.


What is Tunisian Crochet?

Tunisian crochet is a form of crochet that holds several loops on the hook/ needle which is similar to what you would see for knitting. However, it must be made distinct from knitting in that it uses the a form of the traditional crochet hook rather than typical needles used in knitting. As you will see, the product ends up being exquisitely eye-appealing using a technique that combines the best of knitting and crochet.


Difference between Tunisian crochet and Afghan crochet

There isn’t a difference between Tunisian and crochet Afghan patterns. You will hear both commonly called the other. They are the same thing. 

Actually, technically speaking, an Afghan stitch is just one of many stitches used in Tunisian crochet so you would be correct in always referring to it as Tunisian crochet, but you’ll hear Afghan crochet from time to time, too.

Let’s get started. . .


Tunisian Crochet Stitches Tutorial

Usually, when doing Tunisian crochet, it is necessary to use a Tunisian hook. However, as a beginner, your regular hook or needle should do.

In this tutorial, Donna is using a size I Tunisian hook.

Step 1: Insert Hook into Next Stitch

Starting with a single crochet row already made (if you need help with that, check this out), insert the hook and slide it through the next stitch in your row.

Next, draw up a loop like so:

Repeat Step 1 in the remaining stitches of the single crochet row. The more you draw them up, the less likely your edge will curl which is very common in Tunisian crochet. When finished, it should look like this:

Step 2: Yarn over, draw through one loop

That last step is called the forward pass. Now, you will prepare for the return pass. To do this, yarn over after your final loop and draw through it with your hook. 

Step 3: Yarn over, draw through two loops

Following that, you will begin to yarn over and draw through the two next loops all the way until you get to the opposite end of your single crochet row. This is the return pass and it is often a little bit more difficult than the forward pass.

It’s important to move one loop at the beginning and for the rest of the return pass, you’ll draw through two loops.

That’s it! You have completed a basic Tunisian crochet row. There are various techniques, but for beginners, it is better to keep it simple until you’ve received more practice.

You can also find other types of Tunisian crochet stitches like:

TSS (Tunisian Simple Stitch)

TKS (Tunisian Knit Stitch)

It’s important to note that it is only a technique. If you start to learn Tunisian crochet patterns (or crochet Afghan patterns), you might be told to crochet in a different way.


Tunisian Crochet is Fun!

It is a great alternative to knitting if you prefer using the crochet hook rather than knitting needles. You’ll figure all of that out in time.

We sure have had fun putting this little tutorial together for you. If it has been of help to you, make sure you let us know in the comments below!

Feel free to share a picture of your artwork progress below. We love seeing what you can create 🙂

If you feel you still need to refine your crochet stitch skills, we’ve written a multitude of beginner guides for various crochet techniques such as single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet and more! 

Give them a read if you will.

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Hello, and welcome to our site. We've been passionate about crochet for years and have learned a lot along the way. We hope our tutorials and tips will help you out on your crochet journey. Let's make art together!

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