Learn How to Work Tunisian Crochet in the Round

Many Tunisian stitches, including Tunisian knit stitch, create a thick, solid, and warm fabric that is perfect for full-coverage garments and winter accessories. Tunisian crochet also has more elasticity than regular crochet stitches, making it the perfect option for accessories that need extra stretch, like stocking caps and beanies.


When crocheting hats, it is always easier and more visually appealing to work in the round, no pesky seam running up the back of the hat. To work Tunisian crochet in the round, you will need to use a special hook and two separate skeins of yarn. A double ended Tunisian crochet hook has hooks of equal sizes at either end. Loops are picked up in each stitch with the forward hook while the return pass is worked as you go with the back hook.

Let's take a closer look at Tunisian crochet in the round.


First create a foundation row just as you would for a regular crochet project, joining the stitches to work in the round. For a hat that is worked from the top down, I will frequently work the increase rows in single crochet and then begin working in Tunisian stitches. For projects worked from the bottom up, a row of foundation stitches works beautifully and maintains the needed elasticity. In this sample I am working from the top down.

Pick up as many loops as the hook can comfortably hold without distorting your project.

With the second ball of yarn, begin working the return pass with the back hook, yarning over and drawing through one loop and then continuing to yarn over and draw through two loops in a spiral. The return pass is easier to work if you turn your project so that the wrong side is facing you. I am using a lighter colored yarn so that you can better see the return pass.

When you have worked the loops off of the hook, use the front hook to continue picking up loops.

Continue working in a spiral, making sure to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

This is just one of the techniques that Dora Ohrenstein covers in her new video workshop, Interweave Crochet Presents: Tunisian Crochet with Dora Ohrenstein. Download this workshop today and become and expert at Tunisian crochet or order the DVD.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have any tips for working Tunisian crochet in the round?

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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.

4 thoughts on “Learn How to Work Tunisian Crochet in the Round

  1. I must admit that I was confused by the photos in this article until I realized that you were working with a double ended crochet hook. I haven’t used a double ended hook for my tunisian crochet…just the long, flexible afghan hook and the shorter afghan hooks.

  2. Interesting, I’ll have to try this. I made myself a set of what look like double point needles except they have a hook on one end and was able to make a tunisian crochet tube with them.