Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch (TES) Photo & Video Tutorial

Are you a beginner crocheter looking to learn the Tunisian extended simple crochet stitch? Look no further!

In this ultimate guide, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about how to crochet the Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch, from the materials required to the step-by-step instructions. With our detailed explanations, helpful images in our photo tutorial and a video tutorial, you’ll master this stitch in no time!

The Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch is a super easy stitch that is a variation of one of the most basic Tunisian crochet stitches: the Tunisian simple stitch. If you don’t know how to do that stitch, you can check out my Tunisian to learn the Tunisian Simple Stitch here.

tunisian extended simple stitch swatch on a white background next to some lantern moon tunisian crochet hooks

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The Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch is a fun stitch and like other Tunisian extended stitches, they lend more drape to your fabric. Tunisian extended stitches tend to have an airier feel (thanks to the addition of a chain stitch to basic Tunisian Simple Stitches) and are great for crochet garments and accessories.

Tunisian Basics Before Diving In:

  • Each row of Tunisian crochet has a Forward Pass (FP) and a Return Pass (RP) and you’ll see each of those passes specified in the instructions below. For the Forward Pass, we’ll be working from right to left and for the Return Pass, we’ll be working from left to right.

  • Tunisian crochet fabric has a clear right side and wrong side.The Right side of the fabric is the front of the piece and it is always facing you.

  • We skip the first vertical bar at the beginning of the row (unless specified in your tunisian crochet pattern instructions) because the loop on your hook counts as your first stitch.

  • This stitch can either be done with a regular crochet hook if you plan on making a small, quick project or a small swatch to test it out before having to commit to a set of tunisian crochet hooks.

tunisian extended simple stitch swatch on a white background with text that says how to do the extended simple stitch with video tutorial

Materials Required:

Before we get started, let’s take a look at the materials you’ll need for this project:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ETS = Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch
  • FP = Forward Pass
  • LS – Last Stitch
  • RS = Return Pass
  • SL ST = Slip Stitch
  • ST = Stitch
  • YO = Yarn Over

Stitch Multiple:

  • Any number of stitches

Curling:

  • This stitch has minimal to no curling.

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Step-by-Step Written & Photo Instructions:

Now that you have your materials ready, it’s time to get started. Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to do the Tunisian extended simple crochet stitch (extss):

Foundation Row Forward Pass:

Chain the desired number of stitches. In my sample here, I did a chain of 10 because I want to have 10 stitches.

hands holding a crochet chain

Turn your chain so you can see the back bumps on the chain. Insert your hook into the back bump of second chain from the hook and pull up a loop. Leave this loop on your hook.

hands holding a crochet chain so you can see the back bumps of the chain

Insert hook into the back bump of the next chain and pull up a loop. Leave this loop on your hook. Repeat this step until you have picked up a loop in every chain.

crochet hook inserted under the back bump of a crochet chain
beginning of the forward pass of the set up row
completed forward pass of the set up row to start the tunisian extended simple stitch

Foundation Row 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.

hands crocheting the first step of the return pass of the set up row
hands crocheting the return pass of the set up row
completed return pass of the set up row to start the tunisian extended simple stitch

Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch Forward Pass (Row 2):

Step 1: CH 1 (counts as your first stitch), skip the first stitch and insert your hook under the next front vertical bar like you’re doing the Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss) on the previous row. YO and pull up a loop. CH 1.

hands holding the piece, showing the ch 1 that starts the forward pass of the tunisian extended simple stitch
picking up the first loop of the forward pass of the Tunisian extended simple stitch
completed first tunisian extended simple stitch of the forward pass

Step 2: Insert hook under the next vertical bar, YO and pull up a loop. CH 1.

Repeat Step 2 until the end of the row. The last vertical bar will be on the edge of the fabric where we will work a LS (last stitch).

Work your last ST under both loops of the edge ST. YO and pull up a loop. CH 1. You should have 10 loops on your hook.

front and back vertical bars of the last stitch
first chain of the return pass

Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch 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.

creating the chains of the return pass
completed first stitch of the return pass
completed tunisian extended simple stitch return pass

Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch Forward Pass (Row 3):

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 of Row 2 until you reach the last stitch.

Work your last ST under both loops of the middle chain (there should be 3 chains, you’re inserting your hook into the one in the middle). YO and pull up a loop. CH 1.

beginning the return pass pt 1
beginning the return pass pt 2
hands executing the last stitch and chain one to start the tunisian extended simple stitch return pass

Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch Return Pass (Row 3):

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.

completed tunisian extended simple stitch swatch being held in hands

To work subsequent rows:

To work consecutive rows of Tunisian Extended Simple Stitch, repeat the instructions for Row 3 until your work is your desired length. When you’re ready to bind off your piece, follow the instructions for binding off below.

Binding off your last row:

You can bind off using a slip stitch (sl st) bind off which is simply slip stitching into each stitch across or you can bind off using my favourite method as outlined below.

  • CH 1 (counts as your first stitch), skip the first stitch and insert your hook under the next vertical bar like you’re doing the Tunisian simple stitch (tss) on the previous row. YO and pull up a loop.

  • YO and pull up another loop to CH 1 (there should be two loops on your hook). Pull that new loop through the loop on your hook (this is a slip stitch (sl st) bind off).

  • Repeat across your work until you reach your edge stitch. To do the edge stitch, insert your hook, picking up both loops of the edge of your fabric, YO and pull up a loop and pull that loop through the loop on your hook. FO and weave in ends.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Keep it Consistent: Remember to keep your tension loose to help with curling. If you do have curling, blocking your project will help take care of that. Also, keep your tension consistent when creating your chains.

  • Check your stitch count: Count your stitches after every row to avoid mistakes.

  • Watch Your Edge Stitch: To create a neat edge, insert your hook under vertical bars of the last stitch to do a tunisian last stitch (LS) and create a clean edge.

I hope you enjoyed this Tunisian crochet stitch tutorial and are excited to get started learning more basic Tunisian crochet stitches! Here are some other great Tunisian crochet tutorials you can check out:

Be sure to check out my Crochet Stitch Tutorials page to get a list of tutorials for basic stitches in both traditional crochet and tunisian stitches.

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