Tunisian crochet tutorial

Tunisian crochet (also known as Afghan crochet) produces fabric that is beautifully textured and rather dense, quite similar to knitted fabric. This distinct gorgeous material is achieved by collecting loops on your hook which then are worked off it.

When working Tunisian crochet your right side is always facing you. You create Tunisian crochet by alternating forward pass and return pass rows. Forward pass is worked when you pick up the stitches on your hook and return pass is when you work them off the hook. One row consists of 2 parts. It is a very easy technique to learn and super satisfying to make!

Step by step

  1. Insert hook into second chain of hook, yarn around hook (yrh) and pull through you will now have 2 loops on your hook.
  2. Insert hook into next chain and pull up a loop, continue working into every chain until you come to the end of the chain.
  3. Chain 1, yrh and pull through 2 loops on hook to end.
  4. Work the next ‘forward pass’ row and collect loops onto your hook, picking up vertical strands running along the work.
  5. Insert hook into strand, yrh and pull loop through - repeat to end.
  6. To complete a ‘return pass’: ch1, yrh and pull through both loops on hook and repeat until all vertical strands have been worked, fasten off.
  7. To ‘cast off’ after a completed ‘return pass’: insert the hook into the vertical strand, yrh (2 loops on hook), pull first loop through the second. Repeat until end.

You've just learned tunisian crochet!

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