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Mori Lace Pattern

I had been trying different ways to create a lace pattern using Tunisian crochet when I stumbled upon this beautiful pattern in a book – The new Tunisian Crochet contemporary designs from time-honored traditions by Dora Ohrenstein. I modified it a little bit to stagger the spaces and used it in my Ruffled Waters Shawl.

This is how the two versions look. The first one is made exactly how it is mentioned in the book and the second one is the modified version with the staggered spaces:

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.


The fabric built with this stitch should not curl.

About the pattern

You need to know the following to be able to make this pattern:
How to make a Foundation Row
Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tunisian Knit Stitch
Tunisian Full Stitch

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

Written Instructions

Pattern notes:

  • You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.
  • Repeats in the pattern are mentioned in brackets (…). The number of times you must repeat everything between the brackets is mentioned right after.
  • The instructions below are only for the forward pass. The return pass for every row is the same.
    • ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.
Version 1 – With the spaces lined up on top of each other

Row 1: Make a foundation row with even number of stitches.
Row 2: (dec, yo) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Row 3: (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Repeat rows 2 and 3.

Version 2 – With the staggered spaces

Row 1 : Make a foundation row with even number of stitches.
Row 2: (dec, yo) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Row 3: (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Row 4: tss, (dec, yo) * until 2 stitches before the ls, tss, ls
Row 5: tss, (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 2 stitches before the ls, tss, ls
Repeat rows 2 – 5.

Patterns you can make with this stitch

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Monday 20th of July 2020

Dear Arunima,

I like very much your new Tunisian Crochet tutorials. Thank you very much. But have a little problem! On the other side (the link side) of the crochet is too thick the work. For a little (8 ys) boy is very thick the fabric for a pullover, isn't it? Have you some idea which one should the best one pattern for him? Have a nice week! Marianne


Friday 17th of July 2020

I am new at this and I love your videos but you need to slow down just a little bit. Thanks


Saturday 18th of July 2020

Hello Tracy,

Thank you for the feedback. I will keep this in mind for my future videos. For this one, it is possible to slow down a video on YouTube. You need to click on the gear at the bottom, click on 'Playback speed' and pick a number less than 1 to make it slower. I hope this will help.