Tunisian Sampler Blanket CAL – Weekly updates

CAL Schedule

The focus in this CAL will be on learning and we will take it slow – we will learn 1 new stitch every week and make a 8″ x 8″ square. At the end of 16 weeks, we will put together all our squares and make a blanket. You can create a project on Ravelry here to track your progress!!

Week 0: May 7 – May 13: Gather your supplies
Week 1: May 14 – May 20: Tunisian Simple Stitch
Week 2: May 21 – May 27: Tunisian Full Stitch
Week 3: May 28 – Jun 3: Tunisian Purl Stitch
Week 4: Jun 4 – Jun 10: Tunisian Knit Stitch
Week 5: Jun 11 – Jun 17: Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Week 6: Jun 18 – Jun 24: Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch
Week 7: Jun 25 – Jul 1: Tunisian Rib Stitch
Week 8: Jul 2 – Jul 8: Tunisian Top Stitch
Week 9: Jul 9 – Jul 15: Tunisian X Stitch
Week 10: Jul 16 – Jul 22: Mori Lace Pattern
Week 11: Jul 23 – Jul 29: Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch
Week 12: Jul 30 – Aug 5: Tunisian Yarn Over Stitch
Week 13: Aug 6 – Aug 12: Tunisian Cables
Week 14: Aug 13 – Aug 19: Tunisian Bobble
Week 15: Aug 20 – Aug 26: TBD
Week 16: Aug 27 – Sep 2: TBD
Week 17: Sep 3 – Sep 9: Border and complete the blanket!

What you will need (with clickable affiliate links)

  1. Worsted Weight / Medium weight yarn – Approximately 1 oz / 30 gm / 70 yards / 65 m per square. You can use any number of colors to make this blanket.
  2. Hook – A 8 mm or 9 mm Tunisian Crochet Hook depending on the yarn you choose – If you do not have a Tunisian crochet hook, it is possible to use a regular hook that is not ergonomic – all you need is a hook that can hold about 25 stitches at once.
  3. Scissors
  4. Tapestry needle
  5. Measuring tape

Abbreviations

You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.

ch – chain
5dcbob 5 Double Crochet Bobble – *Insert hook into the intended stitch knit-wise, yarn over and pull up a loop on the hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook; repeat from * 4 more times, yarn over, pull through 5 loops.
dec – Decrease – Insert hook into the vertical bars of the next two stitches , yarn over, pull up a loop through both the vertical bars.
fs – First Stitch – Skip the first vertical bar of the previous row (the one right under the one on the hook). The loop on the hook will count as the first stitch for every row. 
tdc – Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook into the next vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on the hook.
tfs –  Tunisian Full Stitch– Insert hook into the next space between two stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch – Insert hook in the space between the two vertical bars of the next stitch, pull up a loop on the hook.
tps – Tunisian Purl Stitch – Bring yarn forward, insert hook into the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
tribsTunisian Rib Stitch – tss in next stitch, twtss in next stitch.
trsTunisian Reverse Stitch – Insert hook in the back vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop through the vertical bar.
tss – Tunisian Simple Stitch– Insert hook in the vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
ttops – Tunisian Top StitchInsert hook in the back horizontal bar of the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop on the hook.
twtss – Tunisian Twisted Stitch – Insert hook in the next vertical bar in the opposite direction with the hook facing upwards.
txs – Tunisian X Stitch Skip next vertical bar, tss in next stitch, tss in the skipped stitch.
ls – Last Stitch – Pick up the two vertical bars of the last stitch of the previous row, yarn over, pull through both the vertical bars into a loop on the hook.
yo – yarn over

Week 14 – Tunisian Bobbles

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Bobble Stitch.

Resources (with video tutorials)

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. Tunisian Bobble Stitch
  4. How to Bind off

Instructions

Pattern notes:

  • You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.
  • I have made my square using the 5 DC bobble but you are free to make the HDC bobble if you’d like.
  • The instructions below are only for the forward pass. The return pass for every row is the same.
    • ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.
Written Instructions

Foundation Row : Make a foundation row with 23 stitches.
Row 1: fs, 21 tss, ls
Row 2: fs, 4 tss, 5dcbob, 5 tss, 5dcbob, 5 tss, 5dcbob, 4 tss, ls
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: fs, 7 tss, 5dcbob, 5 tss, 5dcbob, 7 tss, ls
Rows 5 – 18: Repeat Rows 1 – 4
Row 19 (Bind off Row): Repeat Row 1

Week 13 – Tunisian Cables

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using Tunisian Cables – two 2×2 cables on the sides and one 3×3 cable in the center.

Resources (with video tutorials)

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Knit Stitch
  3. Tunisian Purl Stitch
  4. Tunisian Cables (3×3)
  5. Tunisian Cables (2×2) – older tutorial
  6. How to bind off

Instructions

Pattern notes:

  • You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.
  • Special stitches:
    • twist4: skip 2 sts, tks in the next 2 sts, tks in the 2 skipped sts
    • twist6: skip 3 sts, tks in the next 3 sts, tks in the 3 skipped sts
  • The instructions below are only for the forward pass. The return pass for every row is the same.
    • ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.
Written Instructions

Foundation Row : Make a foundation row with 28 stitches.
Rows 1 -6: fs, 3 tps, 4 tks, 3 tps, 6 tks, 3 tps, 4 tks, 3 tps, ls
Row 7: fs, 3 tps, twist4, 3 tps, 6 tks, 3 tps, twist4, 3 tps, ls
Rows 8 – 12: Repeat Row 1
Row 13: fs, 3 tps, 4 tks, 3 tps, twist6, 3 tps, 4 tks, 3 tps, ls
Rows 14 – 18: Repeat Row 1
Row 19: Repeat Row 7
Rows 20 – 25: Repeat Row 1
Row 26 (Bind off Row): Repeat Row 1

Week 12 – Tunisian Yarn Over Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Yarn Over Stitch.

Resources (with video tutorials)

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Yarn Over Stitch
  3. How to bind off

Instructions

Pattern notes:

  • You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.
  • Repeats in the pattern are mentioned in brackets (…). The number of times you must repeat everything between the brackets is mentioned right after.
  • The instructions below are only for the forward pass. The return pass for every row is the same.
    • ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.
Version 1 – With the yarn overs lined up on top of each other

Foundation Row: Make a foundation row with 26 stitches.
Row 1: fs, (yo, tss, tss, and pull yo over the two tss stitches) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Rows 2 – 19: Repeat Row 2.
Row 20 (Bind off Row): fs, tss in every stitch until 1 stitch before the ls, ls

Version 2 – With the staggered yarn overs

Foundation Row : Make a foundation row with 26 stitches.
Row 1: fs, (yo, tss, tss, and pull yo over the two tss stitches) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
Row 2: fs, tss, (yo, tss, tss, and pull yo over the two tss stitches) * repeat until 2 stitches before the ls, tss, ls
Rows 3 – 19: Repeat rows 2 and 3.
Row 20 (Bind off Row): fs, tss in every stitch until 1 stitch before the ls, ls

Week 11 – Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. Tunisian Double Crochet
  2. How to bind off

Instructions

Pattern Notes:
1. Your foundation row will be different than what you have been making so far. This is because of the height of the stitch.
2. The number of stitches in the foundation row will be one less than the number of chain stitches in the beginning chain.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 23. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain. See video tutorial to see how to make the foundation row for this stitch.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 8
FP: ch1 (counts as the first stitch), 20 tdc, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 9
FP: ch1 (counts as the first stitch), 20 tdc, ls.
This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 10 – Mori Lace Pattern


This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Mori Lace Pattern.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. Tunisian Full Stitch
  4. Forward Pass Decrease

Instructions

Pattern Notes:
1. You need to start with an even number of stitches in your foundation row.
2. Repeats in the pattern are mentioned in brackets (…). The number of times you must repeat everything between the brackets is mentioned right after.
3. There are 2 versions of this pattern – one with the spaces lined up on top of each other and the other with the spaces staggered. Written instructions for both versions are given below.
4. Visit the Mori Lace Pattern for (left and right handed) video tutorials for both versions.

Version 1 – With the spaces lined up on top of each other

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 24. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 1
FP: fs, (dec, yo) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 2
FP: fs, (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 3 – 22
Repeat Rows 1 and 2

Row 23
FP: fs, 22 tss, ls.
This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Version 2 – With the staggered spaces

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 24. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 1
FP: fs, (dec, yo) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 2
FP: fs, (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 1 stitch before the ls, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 3
FP: fs, tss, (dec, yo) * until 2 stitches before the ls, tss, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 4
FP: fs, tss, (tss, tfs in ch sp) * repeat until 2 stitches before the ls, tss, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 3 – 22
Repeat Rows 1 – 4

Row 23
FP: fs, 22 tss, ls.
This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 9 – Tunisian X Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian X Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian X Stitch
  3. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  4. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern Notes:
1. You need to start with an even number of stitches in your foundation row.
2. This pattern is written for the X stitches to line up on top of one another. You can stagger the X stitches by starting and ending with a tss on alternate rows. That will also create a beautiful pattern.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 26. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 26
FP: fs, txs * 12 times, ls.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 27
FP: Repeat Row 1.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 8 – Tunisian Top Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Top Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Top Stitch

Instructions

Pattern Notes:
1. When starting to make a row, it is slightly hard to find the first back horizontal bar. You might have to stretch the fabric a bit to find it.
2. There might be a slight bias in the fabric towards one side. That is normal and can be fixed by blocking. It does not make a big difference in a square of this size but it is something to be kept in mind for larger projects.
3. I did not make a bind off row for this square. I couldn’t find a good way to bind off and the square did not look unfinished to me even without a bind off row. You are welcome to bind off if you’d like.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 19
FP: fs, ttops * 23 times, ls.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

There is no bind off row.

Week 7 – Tunisian Rib Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Rib Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Rib Stitch and Tunisian Twisted Stitch
  3. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  4. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern Notes:
1. This stitch is a combination of the Tunisian Simple Stitch and the Tunisian Twisted Stitch.
2. You need to start with an even number of stitches in your foundation row.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 26. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 21
FP: fs, tribs * 12 times, ls.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 22
FP: Repeat Row 1.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 6 – Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. Tunisian Purl Stitch
  4. Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch
  5. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 1
FP: fs, (tss, tps) * repeat until the end of the row, ls.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 2
FP: fs, (tps, tss) * repeat until the end of the row, ls.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 3 – 22
Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Row 23
FP: Repeat Row 1.
This will be the bind off row. You will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 5 – Tunisian Reverse Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Reverse Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Reverse Stitch
  3. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 23
FP: fs, 23 trs, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 24
FP: fs, 23 trs, ls.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 4 – Tunisian Knit Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Knit Stitch
  3. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern notes:
1. The number of loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass of any row is the same as number of stitches in the foundation row.
2. You can expect to see a LOT of curling.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 26
FP: fs, 23 tks, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 27
FP: fs, 23 tks, ls.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 3 – Tunisian Purl Stitch

This week we will make the next square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Purl Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Purl Stitch
  3. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern notes:
1. The number of loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass of any row is the same as number of stitches in the foundation row.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 22
FP: fs, 23 tps, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 23
FP: fs, 23 tps, ls.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 2 – Tunisian Full Stitch

This week we will make the second square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Full Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Full Stitch
  3. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern notes:
1. Please count your stitches – since there is an inherent bias in this stitch because of how it is made, it is easy to miss / add a stitch.
2. The number of loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass of any row is the same as number of stitches in the foundation row.
3. You can expect to see a LOT of curling. Here is how my square looked before and after blocking (For some reason my camera / phone doesn’t capture the blue very well. The second picture doesn’t show the true color of the yarn):

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 23. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 1
FP:
fs, 21 tfs, skip the space between the last two stitches, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 2
FP:
fs, skip the space between the first two stitches, 21 tfs, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 3 – 26: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Row 27
FP: Repeat Row 1.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as Row 1 except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 1 – Tunisian Simple Stitch

I hope you have your hook and yarn ready! This week we will make the first square of the Tunisian Sampler Blanket using the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

Resources

For this week’s square, you need to know the following:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. How to Bind Off

Instructions

Pattern notes:
1. The number of loops on the hook at the end of the forward pass of any row is the same as number of stitches in the foundation row.

Foundation Row
FP: Chain 25. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Rows 1 – 19
FP: fs, 23 tss, ls
RP: ch1, (yo, pull through two loops)* all the way till the end of the row.

Row 20
FP: fs, 23 tss, ls.
This will be the bind off row. This is the same as the previous row except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. Refer to the Resources section for a tutorial.
RP: There is no return pass for this row.

Week 0

This week is to gather your supplies and get a little head start by practicing making the Foundation Row (I have left and right handed video tutorials to help with it).

Yarn – I am using worsted weight yarn from my stash to make my blanket. If you are like me, you would have some worsted weight yarn in your stash so you won’t have to buy any. This blanket can be a great stash buster because you could make each square in a different color!

Hook – You will need a 8 mm or 9 mm Tunisian crochet hook. I recommend using a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the hook recommended for the yarn. If you do not have a Tunisian crochet hook and would not like to buy one, you can try making this blanket with a regular (non-ergonomic) crochet hook of the same size – you should be able to fit about 25 stitches on the hook at once.

Create a project on Ravelry here to track your progress!!

We will make our first square next week using the Tunisian Simple Stitch!

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3 Replies to “Tunisian Sampler Blanket CAL – Weekly updates”

  1. Question: I plan on doing this all in 1 color, so I don’t want to “bind off” because I want to continue with the next square, and make strips. How do you suggest I end each square so as to cleanly begin the next one: by 1. sl st bind off; or 2. sc bind off; or 3. not bind off at all and just start the next square? I would like some kind of border row to delineate each square. Thanks, and thanks for hosting this.

    1. Different stitches in Tunisian crochet have different gauge. If you decide to make strips, they might end up having different width for different stitches. I have not tried this myself but if you are willing to experiment, I think it will be best to go with the third option. You could make a couple of rows in a different stitch in between squares. I hope that answers your questions.

      If you do decide to make strips, please share your experience and some pictures with me. I’d love to know how it works out for you.

      1. Thanks! I will definitely share some photos. I do like to experiment with different techniques.

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