English Name: Tunisian Crochet Extended Shells
Level of Curling: Light to no curling. More information on the natural curling of Tunisian crochet.
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 the foundation chain, insert hook from front to back in the chain, yarn over, pull loop through, chain one. More information on Tunisian Extended Stitch.
Tunisian Extended Stitch (tes): This is a Tunisian Extended Stitch worked in the Chain Back Bar.
Three Stitch Closing: This symbol is shown in the second portion of the row, the closing. The ovals represent chains and the the three lines represent closing three stitches. To complete this: ch 1, yo, pull through 4 loops on hook, ch 1.
Chain any multiple of 3 then add 3
Tunisian Crochet Pattern Instructions
A: Sk 2 ch, *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull lp through, ch 1, leave lp on hook, rep from * across.
B: Ch 1 to close the first st, *ch 1, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook, ch 1, rep from * until 2 lps remain on hook, yo, pull through 2 lps, 1 lp remains.
A: Ch 1, sk first vertical bar, working in chain back bar, work tes (see Special Stitches above) to last st, tes in last stitch under two outer vertical bars.
Ch 1 to close the first st, *ch 1, yo, pull through 4 lps on hook, ch 1, rep from * until 2 lps remain on hook, yo, pull through 2 lps, 1 lp remains.
Rep row 1 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.
Note that this is worked in Tunisian Extended Stitches, but it could just as easily be worked in other stitches. And, as with other of the “tall” stitches, you can insert your hook as you would for any of the insertion stitches. This one is worked as for Chain Back Bar, but you could use any other insertion you like.
The yarn shown in this stitch is Cascade 220 Superwash Wool in color 827 Coral. Thank you to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn for this stitch library.
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