Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks)

Tunisian crochet differs from conventional crochet in several ways. In Tunisian, loops for several stitches remain on the hook at one time, as opposed to conventional crochet where the loop for only one stitch is on the hook at a time. Also, the piece is not turned at the end of a row, so the right side is always facing. To begin, you start with a base row and each row thereafter is a two-step process, known as the forward pass and reverse pass. As a general rule for Tunisian crochet, the reverse pass is worked exactly the same for any stitch, the forward pass is what defines the variations between Tunisian crochet stitches.

Today we're going to show you how to work the Tunisian knit stitch:

Tks forward pass (Fwp): Skip first vertical bars, with yarn in back, *insert hook between next vertical bars under horizontal strands (Figure 1), yarn over and pull up loop, leave loop on hook; repeat from * to end, ending with 1 loop on hook; return pass.

Return pass (RetP): Yarn over and draw loop through first loop on hook, *yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook: repeat from * across (Figure 2), ending with 1 loop on hook.

Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks) - Figure 1Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks) - Figure 2

Here's a video demonstrating how to crochet the Tunisian knit stitch.

You can also find instructions in Crochet Me's glossary for other Tunisian techniques including:

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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.