Tunisian Crochet Your Guide to Tunisian Crochet and Afghan Stitch: Patterns, Stitches, Tutorials, Photos, Tips, Ideas and More

These crochet baby accessories are made using the Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch.
These crochet baby accessories are made using the Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch.

Are you interested in learning about Tunisian crochet? If so, you’re invited to bookmark this page, or even better, make it your home page — because this page will get you started with Tunisian crochet plus introduce you to a whole bunch of free Tunisian crochet stitch tutorials, free Tunisian crochet patterns, and suggestions for excellent Tunisian crochet pattern books you’ll want to know about.

Perhaps you just want to take a peek at some info to satisfy your curiosity about Tunisian crochet — or perhaps you want to master the technique completely. Either way, you’ll find more Tunisian crochet stitch tutorials, instructions, patterns, project ideas, techniques and links than you could use in a lifetime. So let’s get started!

What Is Tunisian Crochet?

Tunisian crochet is a crochet technique in which crafters utilize long, smooth crochet hooks along with yarn, crochet thread or other fiber to create fabrics or finished projects. There are many similarities between Tunisian crochet and knitting, but structurally, the resulting fabric is crocheted — even though in some cases it looks similar in appearance to knitting or weaving.

Tunisian Crochet Supplies

Like traditional crochet, Tunisian crochet is a low-tech pastime which doesn’t require a significant upfront investment in supplies. You’ll need a long Tunisian crochet hook, which is also known as an “afghan hook,” plus some yarn, crochet thread or alternative material.

Yarn is the currently the most popular material being utilized for Tunisian crochet, but there’s no good reason why you couldn’t try this technique with other materials like plarn, string, twine, fabric strips etc. I’ve even tried it with wire and beads — which was challenging, but doable for a small piece. I made a bracelet. If that sounds interesting to you, be sure to check out the jewelry section below to grab the free crochet pattern.

How to Do Tunisian Crochet: Tunisian Crochet Stitches, Instructions and Tutorials

How to Hold a Tunisian Crochet Hook

Learn How to Hold a Tunisian Crochet Hook
Learn How to Hold a Tunisian Crochet Hook

You’ll want to hold a Tunisian crochet hook in your dominant hand. However, you’ll probably need to use both your hands for manipulating the work-in-progress and for moving stitches along the hook in one direction or the other as you crochet.

Because the Tunisian crochet hook needs to be able to rotate and move freely inside your hand as you are working, it’s best to use a not-too-tight overhand grip. This allows you to manipulate both the hook and the work as you crochet; use a gentle touch and avoid “death gripping” the hook.

If you’re already familiar with traditional crochet, you might be aware that there are two basic types of grips — the pencil grip and the knife grip. The pencil grip is not ideal for using with Tunisian crochet, so you’ll want to get comfortable with the knife grip.

The Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch

Afghan Stitch

Afghan Stitch
Afghan Stitch

Tunisian Crochet Lace Stitches

Tunisian Crochet Mesh Stitch

You can crochet these rainbow fingerless gloves using Tunisian crochet mesh stitch.
You can crochet these rainbow fingerless gloves using Tunisian crochet mesh stitch.

Woven Tunisian Crochet Stitches

Woven crochet is a vintage technique which combines elements from both crochet and weaving. To create a fabric like this, you would take a crocheted piece and integrate yarn, thread, fiber or material into it by weaving the material into the fabric in some way. Usually, this is done by creating a mesh fabric or lace fabric and then weaving the material into the open areas. If you want to create plaid designs in crochet, this is one possible way to do it — because you can do your weaving in the vertical direction, while easily making stripes with your crochet stitches in the horizontal direction.

All of this can be done with either traditional crochet, or with Tunisian crochet. While it is more common to see woven crochet examples created with filet crochet-like mesh fabrics, there are many interesting possibilities for creating woven crochet projects using Tunisian crochet as your base fabric. Try using the Tunisian crochet mesh stitch as your mesh and weaving long crochet chains or lengths of ribbon into your piece.

See Also: Tunisian Crochet Stitches

Shaping Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet Books

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet
Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet

Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet — This unique book focuses entirely on giving you instructions for how to do the Fair Isle Tunisian crochet technique. You also get a whole bunch of gorgeous patterns for making blankets, sweaters, cowls, fingerless gloves and other projects using this technique.

Click here to see more of my picks for the best Tunisian crochet books.

Tunisian Crochet Patterns

Tunisian Crochet Headbands

Headbands are quick, low-commitment projects for learning (and practicing) new Tunisian crochet stitches. Here are a couple of headband patterns you might enjoy:

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Tunisian Crochet Hat Patterns

Tunisian Crochet Scarf Patterns

Tunisian Crochet Shawl Patterns

  • This shawl is Amy Depew’s interpretation of what Doris Chan’s “All Shawl” would look like if it had been designed in Tunisian crochet.

Tunisian Crochet Blanket Patterns

Tunisian Crochet Squares and Blocks

Tunisian Crochet Potholders

Pretty Afghan Stitch Potholders

Pretty Afghan Stitch Potholders -- Free Crochet Pattern
Pretty Afghan Stitch Potholders — Free Crochet Pattern

Tunisian Crochet Jewelry Patterns

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet

Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet
Afghan Stitch Bracelet in Wire Crochet

Tunisian Crochet Tips

Tip #1: When shopping for a Tunisian crochet hook, buy a larger hook than you would usually use for working a traditional crochet project. For example, if you would usually use an I hook with worsted weight yarn, grab a J hook for your Tunisian crochet with worsted weight yarn. As with any crochet project, you may wish to try working a swatch with the hook and yarn you are planning to use before committing to crochet the whole project.

Tip #2: Do not be alarmed if your Tunisian crochet pieces curl up. This is totally normal, just as it is when knitted stockinette stitch curls up. There are various things you can do to stop your piece from curling. Like with knitting, you can combine the stitch with others that do not curl. The curl might also go away when you finish your project — for example, if you sew two afghan stitch pieces wrong sides together to make a potholder, the finished potholder won’t curl.

Tunisian Crochet Designers

  • Amy Solovay is your hostess here at knittingandcrochet.net. She enjoys designing and making Tunisian crochet projects as well as projects made using other crochet techniques.
  • Amy Depew has posted many free Tunisian crochet patterns at her blog.
  • Sharon Silverman is a prolific designer whose technique of choice is often Tunisian crochet. She has written multiple books on the topic, including Tunisian Crochet for Baby and Tunisian Crochet Baby Blankets.

Hopefully this gives you enough information to get started with Tunisian crochet, find interesting Tunisian crochet stitch tutorials, and load up on fantastic Tunisian crochet patterns. If you haven’t already learned Tunisian crochet, I hope you’ll give the technique a try — and that you’ll enjoy it!

About the Author: Amy Solovay Is a crochet pattern designer and educator who has been crocheting since childhood. She holds a degree in textile design and has many years worth of experience working in the textile industry. Amy invites you to subscribe to her free knitting and crochet newsletter to keep up with her latest knitting and crochet pattern designs and free stitch tutorials.

This page was last updated on 10-5-2018.

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