Tunisian crochet tutorial – Shaping fabric using the Tunisian full stitch

The Tunisian Full Stitch is a very interesting stitch because it has a natural bias since it is made in between two stitches of the previous row. Not only does it build some very beautiful fabric, it is very easy to shape fabric while using this stitch. In this tutorial, you will see how to use it to build fabric with parallel edges such as squares and non-parallel edges such as triangles.

If you are unaware of the Tunisian Full Stitch, you can find a tutorial for it here.

About 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.

Square / Rectangle

In this section, you will see how to build fabric with parallel edges – squares and rectangles. This is achieved by a making a repeat of two Tunisian Full Stitch rows.

Note: The number of loops on the hook at the end of each forward pass will be the same.

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

Forward Pass (Row 1)

Step 1: Identify the first and last spaces in the previous row (indicated by the two pins in the below picture). In this row, we will skip the space indicated by the pink pin.

Step 2: Insert hook into each space, yarn over and pull through the space into a loop on the hook – effectively making a Tunisian Full Stitch in each of them. Remember to skip the last space (indicated by the pink pin in the picture below).

Step 3: Make the last stitch.

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

Reverse Pass (Row 1)

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.

Forward Pass (Row 2)

Step 1: Identify the first and last spaces in the previous row (indicated by the pink and blue pins in the below picture). In this row, we will skip the space indicated by the blue pin and start making our stitches from the space indicated by the grey pin.

Step 2: Insert hook into each space, yarn over and pull through the space into a loop on the hook – effectively making a Tunisian Full Stitch in each of them. Remember to skip the last space. Complete the row with the last stitch.

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

Reverse Pass (Row 2)

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.

Repeat the two rows above to build a fabric with parallel edges (square / rectangle).

Triangle

In this section, you will see how to build a triangular fabric.

Note: The number of loops on the hook at the end of each forward pass will be one more than the previous row.

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

Forward Pass

Identify the first and last spaces in the previous row (indicated by the two pins in the below picture). We will make a Tunisian Full Stitch in both these spaces.

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.

Repeat this row to build a triangular shaped fabric.

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Happy crocheting!

~Arunima

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