Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

Tunisian crochet mesh stitch is my new favorite stitch ever. Why, you might ask? Here are my reasons:

  • It’s turbo fast. This is one of the quickest crochet stitches I know how to do.
  • It’s super easy.
  • It is gorgeous!
  • It’s really versatile. It can be colorful or plain, and it can transform into nearly any kind of project. So far I’ve used it to make hats, scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves, baby projects, pouches, trim, beadwork, placemats, headbands, dishcloths and pouches — and I’m not finished yet! I have so many more ideas for this stitch…and I bet you will too, once you start messing around with it…

…but don’t take my word for it. Take a look at a few of my project photos and see what you think:

This photo collage accompanies a crochet pattern for rainbow fingerless gloves worked in Tunisian mesh stitch.
This photo collage accompanies a crochet pattern for rainbow fingerless gloves worked in Tunisian mesh stitch.

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Accessories: Hat, Infinity Scarf and Wrist Warmers
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Accessories: Hat, Infinity Scarf and Wrist Warmers

This picture accompanies a crochet pattern for a Tunisian crochet mesh stitch dishcloth.
This picture accompanies a crochet pattern for a Tunisian crochet mesh stitch dishcloth.
One-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Headband Pattern
One-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Headband Pattern
Crochet Baby Headband and Fingerless Gloves -- Toddler Size
Crochet Baby Headband and Fingerless Gloves — Toddler Size
Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Baby Headband
Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Baby Headband

See what I mean? Isn’t it a fabulous crochet stitch?


Important Note: I plan to make free patterns available for all of these projects soon. If you are already a subscriber to my knitting and crochet newsletter, you will receive emails from me when they’re available. If you aren’t, please be sure to contact me if you’d like to be added to my list of newsletter subscribers. That way you’ll always be alerted when new patterns are added to our website. Thanks for your interest, and read on for Tunisian crochet mesh stitch instructions.

How to Do Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

If you want to crochet a practice project, grab some worsted weight yarn and crochet a starting chain of 7 stitches. When it’s finished, you can make it into a baby or toddler headband like the black and orange one pictured above.


Crochet Your Starting Chain:


The first step in working Tunisian crochet mesh stitch: Crochet a foundation chain.
The first step in working Tunisian crochet mesh stitch: Crochet a foundation chain. You’ll want to make your starting chain a multiple of 2 + 3 stitches.

Work the Row 1 Forward and Return Passes Just Like You Would for Afghan Stitch.


Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch Row 1: Work as for Afghan Stitch.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch Row 1: Work as for Afghan Stitch.

Click here if you need to see an afghan stitch tutorial to learn or review this part.

Row 2:

Your active loop counts as the first stitch in the row without you having to do anything to it.


Your next stitch is going to be an ordinary afghan stitch.


Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

Insert your hook into the next vertical bar. In the photo above, you can see my crochet hook pointing to it. In the photo below, you can see me actually doing this.


Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook…


Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

…and pull it through the loop to complete a stitch.

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Here’s how the completed stitch looks. So far so good, right?

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Next, you’re going to work a yarn-over. Wrap your yarn around your hook from back to front, then gently manipulate it back out of the way towards the back of the work. At the same time, you want to skip the next vertical bar.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Next, you’re going to work an afghan stitch into the next vertical bar after the one you just skipped.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Here’s a work-in-progress photo showing me wrapping the yarn to work the afghan stitch.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
In this photo, you can see both the completed afghan stitch and the lacy effect made by the previous yarnover.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
This pattern consists of afghan stitches alternated with yarnovers, all the way across the row. So the next step is to work another yarnover and then skip the next vertical bar. Then work another afghan stitch, and so on.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
You’ll end the row with an afghan stitch in the last vertical bar.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
Do not turn at the end of the row. The right side of the work will always be facing you.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
However, you do want to work one chain stitch, similar to a turning chain, but without actually turning. Here’s how the work looks when the turning chain has been completed.
Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch
The next step is to complete the return pass. You’re going to work this almost exactly the same as you do in afghan stitch, treating the yarnovers just like any other stitch. Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook…
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…and pull it through 2 loops on your hook. Repeat all the way across the row until you have only one active loop left on your hook.
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To work rows 3 and up, simply repeat row 2.
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Afghan stitches will be stacked on top of afgan stitches, and yarnovers will be stacked on top of yarnovers.
Last Row of Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch: Work 1 Slip Stitch in Each Stitch Across, Including the Yarn-Overs
Last Row of Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch: Work 1 Slip Stitch in Each Stitch Across, Including the Yarn-Overs
Here you can see my crochet hook pointing to the next vertical bar in the row. I'm going to work a slip stitch into this vertical bar.
Here you can see my crochet hook pointing to the next vertical bar in the row. I’m going to work a slip stitch into this vertical bar.
Here you can see my crochet hook inerted in the next vertical bar in the row. I'm now in the process of working a slip stitch into this vertical bar.
Here you can see my crochet hook inserted in the next vertical bar in the row. I’m now in the process of working a slip stitch into this vertical bar.
Wrap yarn over your crochet hook...
Wrap yarn over your crochet hook…
Here's how the completed slip stitch looks.
…and pull it through both the vertical bar and your active loop to complete the slip stitch. Here’s how the completed slip stitch looks.
Next, you're going to slip stitch into the closest yarn-over. In this picture, you can see my crochet hook pointing at it. The yarn-overs can sometimes be a little tricky to spot, but if you worked the previous row correctly, it's there.
Next, you’re going to slip stitch into the closest yarn-over. In this picture, you can see my crochet hook pointing at it. The yarn-overs can sometimes be a little tricky to spot, but if you worked the previous row correctly, it’s there.
Here you can see how I've inserted my hook under the yarn-over stitch in preparation for completing a slip stitch in this spot.
Here you can see how I’ve inserted my hook under the yarn-over stitch in preparation for completing a slip stitch in this spot.
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook in preparation for completing the slip stitch.
Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook in preparation for completing the slip stitch.
Grab the yarn with your crochet hook and pull it through both the vertical bar and the active loop on your crochet hook to complete the slip stitch.
Grab the yarn with your crochet hook and pull it through both the vertical bar and the active loop on your crochet hook to complete the slip stitch.
Here's how it looks at this point with the slip stitch completed. Continue working slip stitches in each stitch all the way across the row.
Here’s how it looks at this point with the slip stitch completed. Continue working slip stitches in each stitch all the way across the row.

Here's how the piece looks after all the slip stitches have been completed. Now it's time to finish the piece. There are bunches of different ways you can proceed with the finishing.
Here’s how the piece looks after all the slip stitches have been completed. Now it’s time to finish the piece. There are bunches of different ways you can proceed with the finishing.

Please click here to check out my easy Tunisian crochet mesh baby headband pattern and find Finishing instructions for the headband.

Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Baby Headband
Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Mesh Baby Headband

Learn More About Tunisian Crochet

Click here to find instructions for more spectacular Tunisian crochet stitches.


This page was last updated on 10-24-2018.

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