What is... Tunisian Crochet?

Date: 10th April 2014 | Category: Tunisian, What is?


Easy to learn, quick to work and truly stunning results; we're huge fans of Tunisian crochet and with a finished fabric appearing somewhat woven, beautifully textured and dense, is it any wonder?


Tunisian Crochet borrows elements from both knitting and crochet and while it sounds complicated, it's actually great for beginners as it's easy to learn and works up quicker than regular crochet.

Also known as Afghan, Tricot, Railway and 'Crochet knit', Tunisian Crochet has had a long history of names. The 1882 Dictionary of Needlework lists several additional names for this stitch, two that stand out the most are "Fool's stitch" and "Idiot stitch".

Two main differences between regular crochet and Tunisian

The Tools:

Tunisian crochet uses a long hook, usually with a stopper on one end and occasionally double-ended and with Tunisian crochet.


With Tunisian crochet you don't turn your work, the front (RS) is always facing you. Instead, you work the stitches on and off the hook with the "Forward" and "Return" passes. During the forward pass the stitches remain on the shaft of your hook (much like knitting) and the return pass works them back off again.

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