Tunisian crochet tutorial – Simple Stitch (tss)

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.

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 curls slightly. You can try using a larger hook or block the fabric to fix it.

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

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.

Reverse pass

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.

Patterns you can make with this stitch

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6 thoughts on “Tunisian crochet tutorial – Simple Stitch (tss)”

  1. Hi

    I’ve just started learning the Tunisian Simple Stitch. I’m practicing with DK Yarn and 7mm hook. The front looks very neat, however the reverse side looks very messy with some big loops. Is there a way I can make the back look neater? Or am I doing something wrong.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Lesley, I think you are making it right but your tension during the reverse pass varies. Do you tend to pull the yarn while making your reverse pass? Could you try it with a slightly smaller hook?

  2. I am trying to do doa graph I st row is85 main colour 13 black 82 main colour that row was wright the row is 78 main colour 7 black which is too many it should be 4 main colour to black and ready black so what. Am I doing wrong

  3. HI, I am will be starting on the Tunisian sampler blanket. The written instructions didn’t say how many stitches to use in the starting chain. Does it matter? I was assuming that the blocks would be square.


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