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Tunisian crochet tutorial – Tunisian X stitch

Here’s the tutorial for the Tunisian X Stitch. I think this stitch is extremely beautiful and it looks the best when worked in two colors. It is nothing but a combination of two Tunisian Simple Stitches worked slightly differently.

Here is the front and back of a Tunisian X 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 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.
Note: Your row must have even number of stitches to get a X stitch across the entire row.

Step 2: Locate the vertical bar of the 2nd stitch from the hook (marked by a pink pin in the picture below) and make a Tunisian Simple Stitch there.

Step 3: Locate the vertical bar of the skipped stitch (marked by a pink pin in the picture below) and make a Tunisian Simple Stitch there.

Step 4: Identify the next pairs of vertical bars and repeat steps 2 and 3 across the entire row until there is one stitch remaining in the end.

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. 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.

In the picture below, I have worked the return pass in a different color than the forward pass. You can work them in the same color too (see the first few rows of the swatch) but I think this stitch looks best with two colors.

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 X Stitch row.

I made a few more rows in the swatch and you can clearly see rows of X Stitches in the swatch.

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