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Tunisian Aligned Clusters Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Tunisian Aligned Clusters CrochetKim Crochet Stitch Tutorial

English Name: Tunisian Aligned Clusters

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Level of Curling: Light to no curling. More information on the natural curling of Tunisian crochet.

Special Stitches:

Tunisian Extended Stitch (tes): When used at the beginning of the row, it simply means that you chain one to bring the first stitch up in height. When used in other stitches for this stitch pattern, insert hook as for Tunisian Simple Stitch then chain one.


Tunisian Double Stitch (tds): Yarn over, insert hook in stitch indicated in a side to side motion (right to left for right-handers or left to right for left-handers) under front vertical bar, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, one loop remains. More information on Tunisian Double Stitch.

Two Double Cluster (2dc-cl): Inserting hook as for tss, work 2 tds in same stitch, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, 1 loop remains for stitch.

Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss): Insert hook in a side to side motion (right to left for right-handers or left to right for left-handers) under front vertical bar, yarn over, pull loop through. More information Tunisian Simple Stitch.

Tunisian Extended Full Stitch (tefs): Insert hook between stitches, under the closing horizontal chain from front to back, yarn over, pull loop through, chain one. Click here for further stitch instruction for Tunisian Full Stitch. Note that this stitch is a Full Stitch, but there’s an extra chain one at the top, turning it into an Extended Full Stitch.

Tip: Between each cluster, there’s a single horizontal strand. When making this full stitch, I decided to “hide” that horizontal strand by inserting the hook under that strand and the horizontal chain at the same time. This pulls that strand up into the chain to make the clusters more defined. This isn’t a necessary step. I just thought it looked nice.

Stitch Multiple

Chain any multiple of 2 then add 3

Tunisian Crochet Pattern Instructions

Instructions:

Foundation:
A: Sk first ch, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull lp through, leave lp on hook, rep from * across.
B: Ch 1, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across, 1 lp remains.

Row 1:
A: Ch 1, sk first vertical bar, *2dc-cl in next st, sk next st, rep from * to last 2 sts, 2dc-cl in next st, tes in last st under two outer vertical bars.
B: Ch 1, *yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, ch 1, rep from * to last 2 sts, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 2 times, 1 lp remains.

Row 2:
A: Sk first vertical bar, [tss, tefs] to last 2 sts, tss in next st, insert hook in last st under two outer vertical bars, yo, pull lp through .
B: Ch 1, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] across, 1 lp remains.

Rep rows 1-2 for pattern.

Notes: This is a nice stitch that doesn’t curl as so often seen with individual stitches. When working a flat swatch, I will typically make the last stitch under the two outer vertical bars for stability. It isn’t a requirement and I don’t use it for all applications of the same stitch pattern. It’s solely a finishing technique.

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Yarn Support

The yarn shown in this stitch is Cascade 220 Superwash Wool in color 847 Caribbean. Thank you to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn for this stitch library.

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