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Tunisian crochet tutorial – Purl stitch (tps)

Does your Tunisian crochet project curl? The Tunisian Purl Stitch is a great stitch to use at the beginning of your projects to stop them from curling!

Here is the front and back of a Tunisian Purl Stitch swatch.

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.

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

Photo Tutorial

This stitch is very similar to the Tunisian Simple Stitch in that the hook is inserted in the vertical bar of the next stitch here too. The only difference is how the working yarn is held. The working yarn is brought in front of the hook in this stitch whereas it stays behind the hook while making the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

Forward pass

Step 1: The first stitch of the forward pass is the one that is on your hook. You do not have to do anything to make the first stitch.

Step 2: Identify the vertical bar of the next stitch. Bring the working yarn in front of the hook, insert the hook into that vertical bar, yarn over and pull through into a loop on the hook.

Step 3: Identify the vertical bars all the way to the end of the row. Do this for all the stitches except for the last one: Bring the working yarn in front of the hook, insert the hook into the vertical bar, yarn over and pull through into a loop on the hook.

To make the last stitch, find the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row. Insert hook into both those bars, yarn over and pull through both the vertical bars on the hook. You can see a detailed explanation of this step in the Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial.

Reverse Pass

This is the same as the reverse pass in the Foundation Row: Chain 1, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Repeat this for all the loops on the hook until you have one loop on the hook.

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