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    #1 - Tunisian Simple Stitch - TSS

    Hello everyone! Let's start our "Tunisian Tech" series with the Tunisian Simple Stitch!

    Tunisian Crochet Basics -
    • Tunisian crochet projects are made up of a Foundation Row, multiple Forward/Return Pass Rows and, in most cases, a Bind Off Row.
    • Use a hook 2-3 times larger than the yarn band recommends.
    • Always swatch for proper tension (personal recommendation due to the many variants with stitches/hooks/yarn)
    A video tutorial is available from Moogly.com HERE.

    The simple stitch is the most popular of the Tunisian techniques. Also known as the Afghan Stitch or the Tunisian Basic Stitch. For many beginners, this stitch has severe curl due to over-tension. The nature of the stitch is to curl slightly to the front of the work as the stitches are worked in the vertical stitch on the front of the project. With the correct hook and looser tension, beautiful projects can be achieved. This stitch is also the go-to in making "Graphgans" (stitching a photo or graphic in a project).

    It's always nice to have the video tutorial, however, you should also have the resources to read a written pattern as well. Below is the written instructions for TSS:

    Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:
    • Create a chain (later we'll explore different cast ons)
    • (1) Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook.
    • (2) Yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave that loop on your Tunisian crochet hook.
    • Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your "Forward Pass". Don't turn your work.
    • Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.
    Those steps create your foundation row. You'll see your vertical bars across the row and proceed to make different types of stitches in the remaining rows of the work.

    TSS with a single ended hook.

    Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) is worked through the FRONT vertical bar.
    • Forward Pass - Insert your hook from right to left (assuming that you are right-handed), so that the hook goes behind the front vertical bar (keeping the hook to the front of the work, not front-to-back).
    • Draw up a loop. Leave it on your hook. Repeat across the row to the last vertical bar before the left edge.
    • Last stitch of the forward pass - insert your hook under the both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and pull up a loop.
    • Return Pass - Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.
    Continue making Forward & Return passes to your desired length.

    Bind off row.

    There are only a few times when the bind off isn’t necessary. It typically isn't needed for most lace designs since that would close up an otherwise lacy project.
    • Binding off starts just as you would any other row. Insert your hook as you would for TSS.
    • Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue pulling through the loop on the hook. You're only doing a slip stitch, just like any other slip stitch in regular crochet. Repeat across the row to the last stitch.
    • Last stitch - insert your hook under the both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and finish the slip stitch. Chain 1, cut the yarn and pull through the loop to fasten off.
    That's the Tunisian Simple Stitch or TSS! You've done it!

    TSS with a double ended hook. - A very different result if working flat.

    Using a double ended hook produces a very different result when working on a flat project. Due to the unique nature of the technique, you are no longer dependent on the length of the hook to determine the width of your project. You could literally do a king size afghan with a six-inch hook!

    It also gives you the option of working in the round with the same six-inch hook.

    We'll explore double ended stitching in another session.

    Some free patterns using TKS (video & written)

    Sweet Gingham Baby Blanket (Video)
    Easy Blanket Using Tunisian Crochet (Video)
    Wingspan Scarf in Simple Stitch (Video)
    Simple Stich Fingerless Mittens (Video)
    Pink Fantasy Infinity Scarf
    Tunisian Crochet Washcloths
    Tunisian Crochet Neck Warmer


    Below are some examples of TSS.
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    Lastly, the chart symbols for TSS & the return row if you have an opportunity to work with charted patterns:
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    TexasPurl
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    Last edited by TexasPurl; 08-26-2021, 07:30 AM.
    Debbie

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    I've come to the conclusion that collecting yarn, and using yarn are two entirely separate hobbies.
    Crochet Is My Yoga

    #2
    Can't wait for my hooks to arrive so I can start the swatch and the pick a project to begin. Thank you
    TexasPurl
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    TexasPurl for taking us on this journey.

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    #3
    TexasPurl
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    TexasPurl This is awesome! Can’t wait to get started! Hopefully I’ll start on it this evening seeing what hook size is best!

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    • Char
      Char
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      Char commented
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      Did you get going on this yesterday? How is it going?

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661
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      Char
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      Char Yes, I did last night and it’s going really well. It’s stitching up nicely and the yarn is soft and easy to work with. My son and grandsons are visiting today so there won’t be much time during the day, but I’m really looking forward to getting back to it.

    #4
    TexasPurl
    Expert Crafter
    TexasPurl if I wanted to make squares to slip stitch together, would the slip stitch along the edges work for this?

    Also, I’d like to make the squares somewhat even in size, thinking maybe I’d start with 30 stitches or so. What do you think?
    Kathie from Indiana

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    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl
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      TexasPurl commented
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      The natural edge to Tunisian will make slip stitch joins very easy.

      You're on the right track with your squares. I'll be doing mine the same. Beginning with 30 stitches gives me an approximate width of 6". I'll let you all know with each new stitch how it behaves opposed to TSS so you can make necessary adjustments.

    • knitter131
      knitter131 commented
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      Thanks, sounds great 😊

    #5
    Oh
    TexasPurl
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    TexasPurl, you are going to take us for a ride with this aren't you? Thank you for all you've already done to get this going, I know we will all learn a lot. I'm thanking you now for times during the journey as you keep us all going and I already know we're going to be thanking you at the end for the entire trip. You're the best!

    My hooks are supposed to arrive tomorrow.

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    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl
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      TexasPurl commented
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      Aww, Thank you! It's so nice when we have such similar interests. I get on a kick and tend to drag everyone down the rabbit hole with me! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    #6
    Away we go! I'll get my first square going in the morning.
    Natalie from Oklahoma
    "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these."
    George Washington Carver


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    #7
    TexasPurl
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    TexasPurl, you might not be so excited to see mine. I started with 36. 3" in, I'm at 32. 🎡A froggin' I will be, a froggin' I will be! πŸ˜… I'm not showing anybody yet.

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    • DJM
      DJM
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      DJM commented
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      Awe now I get it. I did 30 stitches and I count each row as I go, as I found I would occasionally miss the first bar (stitch) and I get to the other end and only have 29 LOL.

    • pinesprairie
      pinesprairie
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      pinesprairie commented
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      DJM
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      DJM I went back and look closely. I did miss the first bar once but the other three were just me grabbing two stitches on the return in 3 places. I wasn't paying close enough attention (like usual when I watch at the same time). Thanks for that, I watch it very carefully now.

    • TexasPurl
      TexasPurl
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      TexasPurl commented
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      I'll always want to see your work, wonky or not! It's incredibly easy to miss that 1st vertical bar.

    #8
    What colors did everyone choose? Are you doing one color or two?

    We need pictures!!! (This means you, too,
    pinesprairie
    Expert Crafter
    pinesprairie )
    Tell me something good!!!

    Stashbuster MAL 2022: WTD +0; YTD 20
    Stashbuster MAL 2021: +435
    Stashbuster MAL 2020: -286

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      #9
      I will try and post pictures when the sun gets up.

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        #10
        My first almost finished square. I think I will go up a few more hook sizes.

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        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses
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          It looks very pretty with that vibrant blue.

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie
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          pinesprairie commented
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          I like your color choice.

          So I don't know what pulling your stitches to the top and not stopping at the front means. And how do you know how many sizes to go up? I know the rule of thumb is 2 but what do you look at to tell if that's enough?

        • DJM
          DJM
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          DJM commented
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          Thanks everyone for your kind words. I started another square using a 5.5mm and I think with the larger hook I am pulling the hook to the top of my work. Time will tell as I get a few more rows done.
          TexasPurl
          Expert Crafter
          TexasPurl thank you so for helping me along this process. It is awesome that you can look at a picture and help me.

        #11
        Sneaking here quick before going outside but please don't tell on me.

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        I still have the curl on the bottom - I need to remember to go up one additional size to cast on. The selvedges are better on this one if I remember to give a little tug after getting the first bar - if I don't, I have big old sloppy loopy messy edge.

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        #12
        I haven't actually started any squares yet but I've been playing with different scrap yarns to see what works best with this size hook since it's the only one I have right now. This is a heavy WW and needs a larger hook but I think Caron Simply Soft is going to work well with the J hook. This yarn (Lion Brand Basic Stitch I think it's- unlabeled.) I usually would use an H or I but Caron SS I usually use a G. I've got quite a bit of Caron in my stash so that works out well! Stash busting and learning new techniques at the same time! Excuse me while I go rummage around in my stash. 😁
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        Natalie from Oklahoma
        "How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these."
        George Washington Carver


        Stash busting 2022 YTD +44 WTD+2
        2022 Reading Challenge
        40 of 80 books read/ 18 of 30 New-to-me read

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        #13
        My latest square attempt.

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        • DJM
          DJM
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          DJM commented
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          Thanks all.
          pinesprairie
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          pinesprairie I struggled with the left(return) side, so I used my trusty stitch marker to get me started on the last stitch of the row.

        • strem3kids
          strem3kids
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          strem3kids commented
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          DJM
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          DJM, re your comment about the left edge and "trusty stitch marker" ... can you explain a bit what you did? I struggled with getting my left edge to look nice, I tried different things but only got the hang of it in the last few rows of my square (going through "the correct" two vertical stitches). How did you place your stitch marker to help with this? Crochet in general is not intuitive to me, so sorry for the very newbie question if it is obvious!

        • DJM
          DJM
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          DJM commented
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          strem3kids
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          strem3kids After I complete the first return pass (yarn over and draw through one loop only), I turn my work to see the stitch I just completed. I put my stitch marker around the two strands of yarn and complete my return pass.

        #14
        Finished my TSS. I used Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight yarn "Spectacular Speckles" and a size H/8-5.0mm hook from my Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable crochet hook set. 30 stitches. The square has been blocked and the finished size is 5-1/2". I may (or not) put a crochet border on my squares. Looking forward to next week's stitch!
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        #15
        It is nearly time for me to go stash diving - I'm hoping to bring whatever masks I have done tomorrow or Wednesday for the start of school, and my needles are on the way - I suspect they'll be here just in time for me to start.
        Tell me something good!!!

        Stashbuster MAL 2022: WTD +0; YTD 20
        Stashbuster MAL 2021: +435
        Stashbuster MAL 2020: -286

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