Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) – Crochet Tutorial

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In this crochet tutorial, you will learn how to crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch using Photos and a Video that also includes how to increase and decrease this stitch.

The Tunisian Crochet Stitch is like a combination between crochet and knitting, but it is very simple. It starts out that you use a Tunisian crochet hook and you crochet loops onto the crochet hook for the entire row (looks like knitting at that point) and then you work your way back (crocheting part). It is very sturdy and tight and less stretchy than other crochet stitches. But it works up pretty quick and is very easy.

If you find your Tunisian Crochet Projects curling, I would suggest to you visit Crochet Kim. She has some amazing resources that will stop, prevent or fix the curling of Tunisian Crochet Projects.

Below you will find the Tunisian Simple Stitch Instructions and photos showing you how to create this beautiful stitch. Also I have a video below where I show and teach you exactly how to start this stitch, how to increase in 3 different ways and how to decrease in 2 different ways. I hope that will help you learn this stitch very quickly and you can use it right away for some fun crochet projects.

Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Also if you have never used or bought Tunisian crochet hooks, you should really get one. A normal crochet hook might work for Tunisian Crochet, but only if it is small projects. I personally love the Clover Interchangeable Crochet Hooks as you can use them for very small projects and even very large projects. The soft and smooth wood allows the stitches to glide along while crocheting. And the stitches never get stuck at the joining points. Thanks, Clover for sending me a few hooks to test them out.


The below video tutorial shows how to crochet the Tunisian Simple Stitch, one stitch at a time, but also shows how to increase and decrease the stitch easily.

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Tunisian Simple Stitch – Written Tutorial

Crochet a Chain

1. Start with a chain the length of your choice and a Tunisian Crochet Hook.

chain with 5 chains with crochet hook

Crochet a Tunisian Simple Stitch

2. Push the hook thru the 2nd chain from the hook and yarn over

starting Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch

3. The next picture shows how it will look like after you pulled the yarn thru.

Tunisian Simple Stitch – Forward Path

Now you will work on the next chain and repeat the same process until the end of the row. You are accumulating loops on the hook just like knitting.

row 1 of Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch forward path

Tunisian Simple Stitch – Reverse Path

4. Next, you will yarn over and pull thru the first loop (closest to the hook) only.

starting row 1 Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch reverse path

5. For the next loop and all the following (working our way back to the starting point), you will yarn over and pull thru 2 loops.

finishing Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch

Foundation Row

6. By the end of this row, it will look like the image below.

The Tunisian Simple Stitch is often used as foundation row for any other Tunisian Crochet Stitch.

row 2 of Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch Square

7. Now you will work on the next row, and ignore the very first vertical pole to the left of the hook and pull the yarn thru the second vertical pole from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat steps 3 thru 7 over and over again until you create a beautiful piece that looks like the Tunisian Simple Stitch Swatch below.

Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch – Wrong Side

In case you are interested, the picture below shows how the Tunisian Simple stitch looks like behind. You never really turn your work when you crochet Tunisian. You simply crochet from one way to the other side and back.

back of Tunisian Simple Crochet Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch Curling

Tunisian Crochet is known to curl as you only work on the right side of the project and never turn. In order to prevent curling, you can go up a hook size or block your project to immediately see a difference in the look of your project.

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