How to do Tunisian Knit Stitch Step-By-Step Tutorial

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The Tunisian Knit stitch is a versatile stitch to learn for those wanting to learn how to do Tunisian Crochet. The Tunisian Knit Stitch is used in a wide variety of projects, creates a plush, dense fabric that is just lovely and have a really relaxing rhythm to the stitches. The Tunisian Knit Stitch is one of my favourite Tunisian Stitches because it looks just like knitting! I absolutely love this stitch! For today’s tutorial, I have supplied a written tutorial with step-by-step photos as well as a simple step-by-step video tutorial showing you how to do the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

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As I covered in my Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial, Tunisian Crochet stitches are comprised of a forward pass and return pass in order to complete your stitch. Forward Passes are worked from right to left and Return Passes are worked from left to right. Also, when working Tunisian Crochet Stitches, during your Forward Pass, you’ll be keeping all the loops for that stitch on your hook and then working them off the hook when you do your return pass.

The Tunisian Knit Stitch, when written in crochet patterns will be abbreviated as TKS. For today’s tutorial, you’ll needa 6.0mm tunisian crochet hook and a worsted weight yarn of your preference. I’m using a 6.0mm Clover Takumi Tunisian Crochet Hook and WeCrochet Brava Worsted Weight yarn.

completed tunisian knit stitch swatch made with this tutorial

Check out the video version of this Tunisian Knit Stitch Tutorial:

Abbreviations:

  • ST(s) = Stitch(es)
  • YO = Yarn Over
  • TKS = Tunisian Simple Stitch
  • CH = Chain

Creating your starting CH: CH your desired number of STs, keeping in mind that the CH on your hook will count as a ST. For my example, I did a CH 10.

crochet chain stitches

Row 1 – Forward Pass: Turn your chain so you are working into the back bump of your chain. Insert your hook into the back bump of the second chain from the hook. Yarn over (YO) hook and pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the back bump of the next chain, YO and pull up a loop. Repeat this until you have a loop on your hook from every chain you created.

back bumps of a crochet chain
forward pass of the foundation row for tunisian knit stitch
step two of the forward pass
completed forward pass of the tunisian knit stitch tutorial

Row 1 Return Pass: YO and pull through first loop only (this is a CH 1). *YO and pull through two loops* Repeat the instructions in ** until the end of your row and only one loop remains on your hook.

CH 1, beginning of the return pass of the foundation row
step two of the return pass
completed tunisian foundation row

Row 2 Forward Pass: Insert hook from right to left, between the vertical bar on the front of your hook and the one on the back of your work. YO and pull up a loop. *Insert hook between the front and back vertical bars of your next ST, YO and pull up a loop.* Repeat ** until the end of your row.

front and back loops of the foundation row
hook inserted through the foundation row to the back of the work
second step of the tunisian knit stitch forward pass



Row 2 – Return Pass: YO and pull through first loop only (this is a CH 1). *YO and pull through two loops* Repeat the instructions in ** until the end of your row and only one loop remains on your hook.

Binding off: Insert your hook from right to left, under the 2nd vertical bar from your hook. YO and pull up a loop. Pull that loop through the loop on your hook. *Insert your hook under the next bar, YO, pull up a loop and pull that loop through the loop on your hook.*  Repeat the instructions in ** until the end of your piece. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Step one of the tunisian bind off
step two of the bind off
completed swatch from this how to do tunisian knit stitch tutorial


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are excited to get started learning more Tunisian crochet stitches soon. If you would like to learn how to do the Tunisian Simple Stitch, you can find that tutorial HERE.

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