Before you begin, let's look at some points to remember:
After you've completed your foundation row (comprising of both the Forward and Return passes) the most common stitch to continue with is the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS).
To do this, insert your hook into the second stitch (the first loop on your hook counts as the first stitch of the row). The second stitch should somewhat resemble a vertical bar. After you've inserted your hook, yarn over, and pull up a loop. You should now have two loops on your hook.
Continue in the same manner across the row, collecting loops on your hook just as you did in the Forward Pass of your Foundation row.
Once the loops on your hook equal the total stitches for the row, stop!
Now it's time to complete the standard return pass, working all of the loops back off of your hook (check out our guide here if you've forgotten how to do this).
The Tunisian Knit Stitch creates a finished fabric that closely resembles knitting (as opposed to the woven appearance of Tunisian Simple Stitch).
Begin by completing a standard chain, followed by the standard Forward and Return pass.
Note: The only difference between the Tunisian Simple Stitch and the Tunisian Knit Stitch (apart from the finished look) is that with the Tunisian Knit Stitch you are inserting your hook under the vertical bar.
To create your first TKS Forward Pass, insert you hook under the vertical bar (remember to miss the first stitch, so you're inserting your hook between the next two) and through the back of the work. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue working loops onto your hook by inserting your hook in between the vertical bars of each stitch, from front to back.
Be sure to count your stitches as you go and once you reach the end of the row, count them again to ensure you have the same amount of loops on your hook as total stitches.
Complete a standard Return Pass to work the loops back off of the hook.
Congratulations! You've just completed your first row of Tunisian Knit Stitch.
Join us next Friday (25 April 2014) when we'll be looking at Casting Off and exploring some of our favourite web resources for further reading.
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