Have you already mastered the foundation row? Yay! Now it’s time to learn your first stitch. Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss), also known as the Afghan stitch, is a very versatile stitch that can be used just by itself to build beautiful garments. This is the stitch that is most commonly used to make graphghans! While those also require the knowledge of changing colors, you can get started here! 🙂
Here is the front and back of a Tunisian Simple Stitch swatch.
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.
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 for the next stitch. Insert the hook into the vertical bar, yarn over and pull through the vertical bar on the hook.
Step 3: Identify the vertical bars of the next stitches. Repeat step 2 for all the vertical bars in the row except for the last one.
Step 4: The last stitch is made differently. Find the two vertical bars of the last stitch: 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.
This is the same as the reverse pass in the Foundation Row.
Step 1: Chain 1
Step 2: 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.
In Tunisian crochet, the stitches on any given row are defined by how you crochet the next row. The row that was just made defined the one before it as a Tunisian Simple Stitch row.
The fabric created using the Tunisian Simple Stitch almost always curls a little. Make sure you use a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the size recommended for the yarn you choose to work with. If I find other ways to help with the curling, I will add them here. If you know of any, please leave me a message.
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Please leave me a message or send me an email if you have any questions about this technique. You are welcome to join my Facebook group to share pictures of your work and to get any help you might need!