Log Cabin Pattern 2 ways – Tunisian Crochet Tutorial

A log cabin pattern is built by making strips of fabric around a central square. In this tutorial I will explain two ways of making this pattern – one in which all the stitches are made in the same direction, and the other in which the stitches in the current strip are made perpendicular to the previous strip’s stitches.

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.

Right handed

Left handed

Abbreviations

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

Written Instructions

Note: The Return pass is the same for all rows – (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Version 1 – stitches made in the same direction

Center Square:
Foundation Row:
ch 5, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
Rows 1 – 4: fs, 3 tss, ls
Row 5: fs, 3 tss, ls -> This is the bind off row.

Strip 1: With the right side facing you, turn the project upside down (180 degrees) and attach a new color.
Foundation Row: ch 5, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain, join with the center square using the join-as-you-go method.
Rows 1 – 4: fs, 4 tss, join with the center square using the join-as-you-go method

Strip 2: Do not turn the project and do not bind off. Attach a new color.
Rows 1 – 5: fs, 8 tss, ls
Row 6: fs, 8 tss, ls -> This is the bind off row.

Strip 3: With the right side facing you, turn the project upside down (180 degrees) and attach a new color.
Foundation Row: ch 5, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain, join with the previous strip using the join-as-you-go method.
Rows 1 – 9: fs, 4 tss, join with the previous strip and the center square using the join-as-you-go method

Strip 4: Do not turn the project and do not bind off. Attach a new color.
Rows 1 – 5: fs, 18 tss, ls
Row 6: fs, 18 tss, ls -> This is the bind off row.

Strip 5: With the right side facing you, turn the project upside down (180 degrees) and attach a new color.
Foundation Row: ch 5, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain, join with the center square using the join-as-you-go method.
Rows 1 – 14: fs, 4 tss, join with the earlier strips using the join-as-you-go method

Strip 6: Do not turn the project and do not bind off. Attach a new color.
Rows 1 – 5: fs, 13 tss, ls
Row 6: fs, 13 tss, ls -> This is the bind off row.

The square can be made larger by continuing to make strips as mentioned in the instructions above.

Version 2 – stitches made perpendicular to the previous strip

Center Square:
Foundation Row:
ch 5, make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
Rows 1 – 4: fs, 3 tss, ls
Row 5: fs, 3 tss, ls -> This is the bind off row.

Strip 1: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 5 stitches evenly along the side of the center square (5 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 3 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

Strip 2: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 10 stitches evenly along the side (10 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 8 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

Strip 3: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 10 stitches evenly along the side (10 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 8 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

Strip 4: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 15 stitches evenly along the side (15 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 13 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

Strip 5: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 15 stitches evenly along the side (15 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 13 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

Strip 6: With the right side facing you, turn the project by 90 degrees and attach a new color.
Row 1: Make 20 stitches evenly along the side (20 loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass)
Rows 2 – 5: fs, 18 tss, ls -> The last row will be a bind off row.

The square can be made larger by continuing to make strips as mentioned in the instructions above.

Patterns you can make with this stitch

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