Why is my Crochet Curling? Tunisian Crochet Tips

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This is a free tutorial to learn how to prevent and eliminate Tunisian Crochet Curling easily to have a clean finish. The tutorial has both step-by-step photos and a video tutorial.


Has your project ever curled and you don’t know why? Well, that is why you are here, right? Well, then let’s get right to it.

The main reason why Tunisian Crochet curls are because it is worked only on one side. So you do not turn your project and you work back and forth using the forward and reverse path.

But now, that you know that, how do you fix it?

Well, here are a few different ways you can try to eliminate and prevent curling.

How to Eliminate the Tunisian Crochet Curl Tutorial

Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Hooks

Tunisian Crochet typically requires a special crochet hook. It’s either much longer than a normal crochet hook or has a cord. Furthermore, Tunisian Crochet Hooks do not come in any ergonomic style due to the way they are being used. You’ll be picking up stitches in the forward path – looks like knitting – and crocheting the stitches off in the reverse path.

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Eliminate and Prevent Tunisian Crochet Curling
– Photo Tutorial

In order to understand these techniques in more detail, be sure to check out both the video and photo tutorial to understand it the best.

1. Use a larger hook

In regular crochet, you will likely use a 4.0 or 5.0mm hook for worsted yarn, but for Tunisian Crochet, it is better to use a larger hook, like a 6.5mm hook, to prevent curling a bit, but it’s not going to eliminate it.

2. Blocking your Tunisian Crochet Project

The best way to eliminate curling completely is to block your project after you are done. In the below images you see a project made with Tunisian Simple Stitch and it curled a lot even though I used a 6.5mm hook for worsted yarn. Since this project is acrylic yarn, I used steam blocking to get rid of the curl.

Tunisian Simple Stitch curled

Once blocked and cooled, the curl was completely gone.

Keep in mind that for wool yarn it’s best to wet block your project. Watch the above video tutorial to see both ways explained and shown off in more detail.

Tunisian Simple Stitch flat - no curl

3. Tunisian Reverse Stitch

After crocheting the foundation row using TSS, you can also crochet the Tunisian Reverse Stitch (TRS) for a few rows as it goes against the curl and there should eliminate it a bit more.

4. Tunisian Purl Stitch

Just like the TRS, you can also use the Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS) for a few rounds to eliminate the curl as much as possible.

5. Tunisian Seed Stitch

You can also use different types of Tunisian Seed Stitches to eliminate the curl you see when crocheting Tunisian Crochet.

6. Tunisian Double Stitch

As you can tell now, adding a few different types of stitches at the beginning of your project can eliminate the curl a bit. The same is true when using the Tunisian Double Stitch (TDS) as it’s a more airy and taller stitch.

7. Tunisian Extended Stitch

Yes, even this stitch can eliminate Tunisian Crochet curling as it’s a bit bigger and airier than a regular Tunisian Simple stitch, for example.

8. Different Yarn Fiber

This might be obvious or not, but different types of yarn have different stretch or non at all. Cotton for example is not stretchy at all whereas plant fibers, like wool, are more stretchy. And then there are human-made fibers, like acrylic and polyester, which can or can’t be stretched depending on how they were made and twisted. So switching your yarn to a different fiber can help you eliminate curl a bit as well.

8. Add a border

Another easy and powerful way to eliminate and prevent curling is to add a strong border all the way around your Tunisian Crochet project.

9. Add ribbing

You can also add a Tunisian Ribbing (like TKS and TPS) at the beginning of your project. The different types of stitches bend and move the yarn in a way that it has the opposite effect of curling and makes your project rather flat.

10. Use Lace Stitches

Finally, if the curling really bothers you, it might be best to just use a more lacy stitch, cause tight stitches like the Tunisian Simple Stitch will create strong curls. Lacy stitches have a lot of different movements and techniques that prevent curls easily.

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