I was recently asked for a teaching schedule for learning Tunisian crochet. My stitch library is automatically sorted by newest first so it’s difficult to figure out when you’re first learning.
Make certain you like Tunisian crochet before investing in supplies.
You can easily learn the basic stitches with a regular crochet hook. Put a rubber band around the end of the hook and you’re good to go.
If you’re timid about Tunisian crochet, just remember that’s it’s single crochet on an assembly line. If you know it’s only single crochet, it can’t be that scary, right?
What are the steps in a single crochet?
- Insert hook, yarn over, pull loop through
- Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook
That’s all you do for a single crochet: you repeat steps 1 and 2 throughout.
For Tunisian crochet, you repeat step 1 all the way across then you repeat step 2 all the way across.
Since the stitches are only single crochet, they’re not any slower than single crochet and they’re not any scarier than single crochet.
You’ve got this!
Here are some links that will be great for just starting out.
Foundation Row Most of your stitch patterns will start with the same typical foundation. It’s the first thing you’ll want to learn.
Tunisian Simple Stitch This is usually the first stitch you’ll learn and many people stick with it quite awhile before moving on to something else.
Tunisian Flat Stitch Tunisian crochet can curl just like hand knitting and, like hand knitting, there are ways to combat the curl. Try this stitch which is a hybrid of the Simple Stitch.
Tunisian Reverse Stitch This is the same exact stitch as the Simple Stitch except it’s worked from the back of the work instead of the front. It’s the one of the best weapons in your arsenal for combatting the curl.
Tunisian Knit Stitch Because this one looks like stockinette stitch in knitting, people are very keen on learning it as soon as possible.
Now that you’ve practiced these stitches, pick one of the Alternating Stitches in the Stitch Library.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is making a decision about whether they like Tunisian crochet based solely on one plain stitch.
That would be like making a decision about regular crochet after learning only to do a single crochet and a double crochet. You would be ignoring all the other incredible stitches available!
Pick out something from the Alternating Stitches and learn the stitches required for the one you like then give it a go. Because they don’t typically curl, you are free to enjoy it all on its own.
Now that you’ve dipped your toes into the Tunisian crochet pool, go back to the Tunisian Stitch Library to learn about How to Choose Your Crochet Hooks. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get started. You can pick up tools as you go, just like most people do when learning regular crochet.
When you’re ready, explore the Stitch Library for more awesome things to learn. The ones with videos are marked with a Video Banner.
Enjoy the learning!