Tunisian Simple Stitch Rib Crochet Stitch Tutorial

This is a unique combination of stacking stitches which creates the look of a knitted ribbing. The stitches take a little bit of practice but the result is worth it. 

Tunisian Simple Stitch

English Name: Tunisian Simple Stitch Rib

Symbol Chart

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This stitch pattern is made to look like knit ribbing but note that it doesn’t actually stretch in the same manner.

Level of Curling: Moderate curling. More information on the natural curling of Tunisian crochet.

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Special Stitches:

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. Click here for further stitch instruction.

Stitch symbol

Tunisian Backward Simple Stitch (tbss): To do this stitch, you need to insert your hook going from the opposite direction of the regular simple stitch. Please see the video. At first I considered this a twisted simple stitch, but after thinking about it, it is literally inserting your hook in the opposite direction. It takes some practice. In the video above, I’ve grabbed the front vertical bar with the hook tip and turned the hook upward until it bumped over the chain, straight up in the air, yarn over and pull the loop through.

Stitch symbol

Note: While I did do that in the video, when it came time to do the swatch, I found it difficult and annoying. The video is correct, but I decided to change it up a bit to make it easier for myself. I will try to do a video later. For now, I insert my hook as for a regular simple stitch and pulled up on it a litte, then I removed the hook and held the loop there with my thumb of my non-hook hand. This made it easy to slip the hook into the loop without struggling.

Stitch Multiple

Chain an even number.

Tunisian Crochet Pattern Instructions

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: Sk first vertical bar, [1 tss, 1 tbss] to last 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 row 1 for pattern.

Notes: 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
804 Amethyst. Thank you to Cascade Yarns for providing the yarn for this stitch library.

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