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10 Stitch Blanket / Afghan / Square – Tunisian Crochet Tutorial

The 10 stitch pattern is one of the most popular Tunisian crochet patterns that I have seen. It was a little intimidating for me at first when I just started learning Tunisian crochet. When I finally tried it, it turned out to be a really easy technique. All you need to know is how to make a Tunisian Simple Stitch and how to join as you go!

The hook

There are a bunch of different Tunisian crochet hooks available for purchase. You can read about the hooks I use here. Because of the nature of Tunisian crochet stitches, I recommend using a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended hook on the yarn.

Video Tutorials

I have right and left handed video tutorials for this stitch on my Youtube channel. You can find all my Tunisian crochet video tutorials here.

For this technique, I created 2 videos –
1. A long version that you can use to follow along and make the pictured square with me.
2. A short version where I have clipped or sped up the repetitive parts.

Right handed (Long version)

Left handed (Long version)

Right handed (Short version)

Left handed (Short version)

Abbreviations

You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.

  1. ch – chain
  2. fs – First Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar of the previous row (the one right under the one on the hook). The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row. 
  3. ls – Last Stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull up a loop through both the vertical bars.
  4. tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch– Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop through the vertical bar.
  5. yo yarn over

Resources

Video (Left and Right handed) tutorials of stitches and techniques used in this pattern:

  1. How to make a Foundation Row
  2. How to make a Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. How to bind off and end a project
  4. How to block a crochet project

Photo Tutorial and Written Instructions

Any 10 stitch project is built in this order:

  1. It starts with a central panel (Panel 1 in the picture above)
  2. We work the first corner (Corner 1)
  3. Then another corner (Corner 2)
  4. A panel (Panel 2) that is joined with Panel 1 using the Join-as-you-go technique
  5. Another corner (Corner 3)
  6. Another panel (Panel 3) joined sideways with Panel 1 using the Join-as-you-go technique
  7. The fourth corner (Corner 4)
  8. Then the last panel (Panel 4) pictured above
  9. Continue with *a corner and then a straight panel; repeat from * until you reach the desired size of the project.

The trickiest bit of this pattern is the corner. I am going to start with a tutorial for making a corner and then the full tutorial to make a 10 stitch square will follow.

How to make a corner

Each corner is made in two parts (triangles) which are joined together to make a square. In the first part, we decrease one stitch on every row and in the second part, we increase one stitch with every row. Both parts will have 9 rows each.

Part 1 (Decreases)

In this part (P1), one stitch is decreased on every row until we have one loop on the hook. The arrows in the pictures below indicate the return pass decrease.

Row 1:
FP: fs, 8 tss, ls.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook. There is a return pass decrease.

Row 2:
FP: fs, 8 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 3:
FP: fs, 7 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 4:
FP: fs, 6 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 5:
FP: fs, 5 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 6:
FP: fs, 4 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 7:
FP: fs, 3 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 8:
FP: fs, 2 tss.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 9:
FP: fs, tss.
RP: yo, pull through 2 loops. If you would like to make the next section with a different color, make the RP with the new color.

Part 2 (Increases)

In this part (P2), one stitch is increased with every row. Every row in this part is joined with a row in the previous part – at the slanted stitch that was created because of the return pass decrease.

Row 1:
FP: ls, insert hook into the next slanted stitch (indicated by the red arrow in the picture) from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: yo, pull through 2 loops on the hook.

All the slanted stitches from P1 are indicated by arrows in the picture below.

Row 2:
FP: ls, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 3:
FP: ls, tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop. RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 4:
FP: ls, 2 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 5:
FP: ls, 3 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 6:
FP: ls, 4 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 7:
FP: ls, 5 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 8:
FP: ls, 6 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Row 9: There are 2 variations for this row. If this is the first corner (Corner 1 in the picture above), then the last row will be anchored to the first panel (Panel 1). For all other corners, we will not do this.

For Corner 2 –

FP: ls, 7 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop – there will be 10 loops on the hook.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

For Corner 1 (this is a variation and is used in only the first corner made in this pattern. All other corners are made using the instructions for Corner 2) –

FP: ls, 7 tss, insert hook into the next horizontal bar from the previous row, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next slanted stitch from P1, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into the space indicated by the black arrow in the picture below, yo, pull up a loop – there will be 11 loops on the hook. RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.


How to make a 10 stitch square

Step 1: Make Panel 1

Foundation Row: Chain 10. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
Rows 1 – 9: FP: fs, 8 tss, ls. RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Step 2: Make a corner (Corner 1)

Since this is the first corner, it will be the one with the variation where we anchor the last row to the first panel. Scroll up to find the detailed instructions about how to make a corner.

Make the first part with the decreases as shown below:

Make the second part with the increases as shown below:

Step 3: Make a corner (Corner 2)

This one and all subsequent corners will be made without the variation used in the corner made in Step 2. Scroll up to find the detailed instructions about how to make a corner.

Step 4: Make Panel 2

Row 1:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the first stitch of the adjacent row of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Rows 2 – 10:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the first stitch of the next row of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Step 5: Make a corner (Corner 3)

Make a corner – same as the one in Step 3. Scroll up to find the detailed instructions about how to make a corner.

Step 6: Make Panel 3

If you made your Foundation Row in the back bump of the chain, then you will have 2 loops that you can pick up to join. And, since these rows are joined with the columns of Panel 1, there will be 9 rows in this panel.

Row 1:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the first column of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Rows 2 – 9:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the next column of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Step 7: Make a corner (Corner 4)

Make a corner – same as the one in Step 3. Scroll up to find the detailed instructions about how to make a corner.

Step 8: Make Panel 4

This is very similar to Panel 2.

Row 1:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the first stitch of the adjacent row of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Rows 2 – 20:
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with the first stitch of the next row of Panel 1.
RP: *yo, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until you have 1 loop on the hook.

Rows 21 (Bind off):
FP: fs, 9 tss, join with Corner 1 with an invisible join. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
This row is the same as other rows except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook.
RP: There will be no reverse pass for this row. 

How to continue making a blanket

After you have made the above square minus the bind off row, *make a corner, make a long panel; repeat from * until you reach the desired size. Then, make a bind off row.

Variation

It is possible to make a rectangular project with this pattern. All you have to do is to start with more rows in your first panel and you will end up with a rectangular 10 stitch blanket!

Patterns that use this technique

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