Ennis Shawl: Tunisian Tall Stitches

May 27, 2013

If you have ever crochet a project using Tunisian simple stitch, Tunisian knit stitch, or Tunisian purl stitch, you have probably noticed that they have some in common. These three stitches are all relatively short, closer in height to a single crochet stitch.

  Ennis Shawl by Vashti Braha

The height of these Tunisian stitches creates a thick, warm fabric perfect for sweaters, hats, scarves, and bags. But these popular Tunisian stitches, like single crochet, are slower than taller stitches.

But you can work Tunisian double crochet, Tunisian treble crochet, and Tunisian double crochet stitches as well. These gorgeous stitches have more stability and structure than their counterpart, non-Tunisian stitches.  Take advantage of the benefits of both tall Tunisian crochet stitches as well as the more conventional simple, knit, and purl Tunisian stitches to create unique projects like the Ennis Shawl by Vashti Braha from the Interweave Crochet Summer 2013 issue.

The Ennis Shawl uses a tall Tunisian stitch called the Tunisian Twisted Double Treble. This stitch is worked into a row of Tunisian stitches. To work the stitch follow the steps below.

  Chain to the height of the Tunisian stitch. Yarn over 3 times.
  Insert hook from left to right behind the vertical bar of the indicated stitch.
  Pull up a loop. There should be 4 loops on your hook.

  Yarn over and draw through 2 loops 3 times. One loop should remain on your hook. Leave this loop on the hook and work the next stitch. Just like with Tunisian's other stitches, one loop for each stitch will be kept on the hook on the forward pass.

The return pass is worked as normal. Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until only 1 loop remains on the hook.

So grab your hook and favorite spring yarn and learn how to create tall Tunisian crochet stitches with the Ennis Shawl.

Best wishes,

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Char55 wrote
on May 27, 2013 10:55 AM

The only confusing part is

"Chain to the height of the Tunisian stitch"

If we haven't done it yet, how do we know how tall it will be????

Toni Rexroat wrote
on May 28, 2013 9:48 AM

Your pattern should tell you how many chains to work. This is the same as if you were working a regular row of crochet stitches. So if the pattern doesn't specify, or you are creating your own pattern, use the same number as you would for a regular crochet stitch, i.e. 2 chains for a half double crochet, 3 chains for a double crochet, etc. For the twisted double treble above, I chained 6.

VashtiB wrote
on May 28, 2013 11:28 AM

Nicely done, Toni, thanks so much!

Char55 wrote
on May 28, 2013 6:00 PM

Thank you, Toni.