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Stitch of the Week 2: Tunisian Purl Stitch

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    Stitch of the Week 2: Tunisian Purl Stitch

    Hello everyone! It's our 2nd "Stitch of the Week" with the Tunisian Purl Stitch!

    We've learned the TSS - once you have TPS (Tunisian Purl Stitch) down, there are so many fun projects incorporating this with other stitches!

    A video tutorial for TPS is available from CrochetKim HERE.

    The Tunisian purl stitch, or TPS, gives a soft texture to the fabric and also counteracts curling. Few patterns use only TPS. I believe it to be a "Utility" stitch in Tunisian crochet more than a design stitch. It's works so well when combining it with other stitches to create unique textures. This stitch looks almost the exactly like knitted purl stitch. What distinguishes TPS from other Tunisian stitches is the placement of your working yarn when you insert your crochet hook and how you pull up the loops. Just as in knitting, TPS is worked with the yarn held in front of the fabric, rather than it’s usual position behind the fabric.

    TPS is a stitch some people struggle with while others have no issues, so don’t get discouraged if it is a bit awkward at first, it may take some getting used to but it is a very good stitch to learn. It’s a little fiddly to master, but with practice it’s a great addition to your skills. Similar to TRS (Tunisian Reverse Stitch), it produces as thinner, less dense fabric.

    Hint: A row of purl stitches after your foundation row (regardless of the stitch pattern planned in the project) and another row prior to binding off can reduce the curl of the overall project considerably.

    The very popular Honeycomb Stitch uses a combination of TSS & TPS.

    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 TKS:

    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 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.

    TPS with a single ended hook.

    Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS) is worked similar to TSS with one exception: the working yarn is held to the front of your work.
    • Forward Pass - WYIF (with yarn in front) - 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 - work a TSS final stitch of the row.
    • 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 TPS.
    • WYIF - 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 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.

    TPS with a double ended hook. - Working in the round

    Using a double ended hook produces the same stitch definition as working flat with a single ended hook, but gives you the ability to work in the round. TPS in combination with TSS & TKS in the round adds texture and definition to the project.

    We'll explore double ended stitching in another session.

    Free Pattern

    Tunisian Purl Entrelac (Video)
    Some examples of TPS. See the photo captions for descriptions.
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    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD -8/YTD -650 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 45/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

    #2
    Block Pattern Suggestion
    1. Ch 30
    2. Pull up a loop in each back bump of the chain starting with the 2nd ch from the hook (30 loops)
    3. Basic Return Pass
    4. Work 1 row TSS & Return Pass
    5. TSS in next st, TPS x26, TSS, TSS in last st. - Return Pass
    6. Repeat row 5 until block measures 5-3/4"
    7. Work Bind off row in TSS
    Debbie

    Stashbusting CAL WTD -8/YTD -650 (2019-642)(2018-109)
    Book Challenge 45/50 (2019-51)(2018-35)

    “Properly practiced, knitting (& crochet) soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
    Elizabeth Zimmerman with edits by me

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      #3
      I'm ready!! Once I get the purl stitch down, I think I will try the block pattern. Off to try a sample. Thank you!!

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      • TexasPurl
        TexasPurl commented
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        Have fun!

      #4
      I have a question about the foundation row for TPS. Do I use the back bump only of the chain? as you say in post 2. The directions in post 1 don't state this so I'm confused ( I'm easily confused!).
      Linda
      Stasbusting week ending 9/19 WTD = 0 YTD = +160


      "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
      The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost"

      JRR Tolkien

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      • TexasPurl
        TexasPurl commented
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        The foundation row for the majority of TC will be the same unless specifically noted.

        Should I have started this reply with "Dear Easily Confused"? 😁 Really showing my age with Ann Landers references!

      • crosstitchlinda
        crosstitchlinda commented
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        Yes, Ann Landers!! Thanks for the clarification.

      • DJM
        DJM commented
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        "Dear Easily Confused" is how I address myself when I try to read some crochet patterns.

      #5
      Oh - now I really don't wish to work, and instead do this block. But - I'll be a good girl and at least make my way through a few more budgets.
      Knitting is happening here! ❤️

      Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +27; YTD -246

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        #6
        I'm ready to go, but my wrists are not. I'm going to give them a few more days and see how it goes but I can't wait to see everyone's blocks!

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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Thanks. I do remember this from last time. I've got some other hooks coming that I hope will help. I have to be careful about overdoing it with the tendons anyway but I'm determined. Maybe slow, but I'm in it now!

        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          I hope your wrists feel better soon. I hate when my body says no when I want to do something.

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Best to rest! Hope your wrist are ready for action soon!

        #7
        I swatched the TPS and think I'm in the category that finds it fiddly. My left egde looks a little wonky. I love the no curl at the bottom.

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        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Thank you for sharing your swatch with us. It looks like your left edge is improving. Can you give us any tips?

        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          It really does look like knitting if you don't examine it too closely. Can't wait to get on to trying it. 😁

        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          Kathy7661 I used a stitch marker to keep me on track.

        #8
        Well I'm really glad now that KnitCrate sent me that J hook because I got a notification that Amazon delivered my interchangeable set. Says they handed it directly to a person. Except they didn't. There are 4 homes on this 2 mile dead end and at 3 of them nobody has my package. The 4th guy (where that fire was the other day) he is very antisocial and if he had it I'll never know. Second time this has happened in the last few months. Found it by a cattle gate last time. :/ Hoping I can see well enough tomorrow to try the new stitch.
        Natalie from Oklahoma

        "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." MLK
        Stashbuster MAL 2020 YTD +43 WTD

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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Gosh that's frustrating! It's no fun tracking down packages. I hope it mysteriously turns up somewhere!

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Oh, that’s too bad! I’ve been in your shoes and I know it can be so frustrating and disappointing. I hope it turns up!

        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          Thanks y'all. In keep thinking how much more frustrated bi would be if I hadn't gotten that surprise hook in my yarn box.
          Char I already asked all the kids if they received it as well as my closest neighbors. Nobody has seen it. It was an actual Amazon delivery van, not USPS. I reported it missing with Amazon. Not sure what happens next.

        #9
        Well, I started my square, and I'm not finding it particularly fiddly I just have to remember that I'm purling and not doing the TSS stitch. Disclaimer though, I knit continental and therefore the motions for crochet are very similar to my knitting motions. All yarn carried in the left hand and the TPS is very similar in feel to my continental knitting purl stitch.
        Last edited by crosstitchlinda; 08-23-2020, 11:36 AM. Reason: spelling
        Linda
        Stasbusting week ending 9/19 WTD = 0 YTD = +160


        "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
        The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost"

        JRR Tolkien

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        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          crosstitchlinda you just made my day! I supposed to be learning continental knitting so I can learn to knit socks and am still only about halfway through the class. If this motion is similar then I'm going to use that patience Char gave me and TexasPurl thinks I have and get this thing down. I think my frustration comes from the unfamiliarity of the motions; it makes me. go. slow. and Idon'tliketodo that. I can't wait to see it!

          KnitsWithHorses, I'm waiting on hooks like you are so I can find out too!

        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          pinesprairie Are your wrists doing better? Hopefully your needles won't get dropped at the wrong house. Lol

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          KnitsWithHorses Is that what happened to your hooks - they went to the wrong house? That's too bad.

          Wrists do feel better so just waiting on these new hooks. Thanks for asking.

        #10
        Started on the TPS. It is a bit slower going right now but I'm sure I'll get a rhythm going. I'm kind of experimenting with which way I prefer to pull the loop through.
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        Natalie from Oklahoma

        "Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." MLK
        Stashbuster MAL 2020 YTD +43 WTD

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        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          I also experimented until I found the look and the least piddly, then frogged it and started over. This square is slightly smaller in size than the TSS, but will easily stretch when they are sewn together.

        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          Looking good.

        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          knitter131 I noticed it was a bit smaller too. Debated starting with an extra stitch but for easy joining I think I'll leave it the same. As you said, it will block out fine. Definitely frigging and starting it over so I can do the stitch the same way throughout.

        #11
        I finished my Tunisian Purl Stitch yesterday. Lightly spritzed it. :-)

        Now waiting for Saturday...

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        Knitting is happening here! ❤️

        Stashbuster MAL 2020: WTD: +27; YTD -246

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        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          knitter131 Oh yes, I would love to hear where to buy the steamer.

        • knitter131
          knitter131 commented
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          I found mine on amazon. I’m guessing you could also find one at Walmart. I made sure I found one that can be tipped in all directions.

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Late to the party today but in order,
          - Char, your blocks look very nice (especially with those borders). I concur with the dark green, it would be a great combination.
          - DJM I'm still waiting for my hooks so bet you'll be done before me! I'm excited to see yours.
          - knitter131, KnitsWithHorses, that steamer will be your absolute best friend if you're using acrylic, just be careful you don't get too close to the item or you can accidentally smash it flat. (Speaking from unfortunate experience). It's especially helpful on acrylic items that need aggressive blocking, it almost kills the yarn. It speeds up the blocking process immensely ads it doesn't take as long for the item to 'dry'. I also got mine on Amazon long ago but do be sure to get one that can tip in all directions. Also, don't fill all the way to the fill line as it can sometimes 'spit' hot water on your item. IMHO, it's much better than wet blocking. Of course, wool or part wool is a whole other story. I can't wait to see everyone's results!

        #12
        Here is my TPS

        If you look closely you'll see where I accidentally switched to TSS for half a row. I was almost bound off before I saw it so I let it stand.
        Linda
        Stasbusting week ending 9/19 WTD = 0 YTD = +160


        "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
        The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost"

        JRR Tolkien

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        • crosstitchlinda
          crosstitchlinda commented
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          Char it matches pretty well with the TSS except I think I bound off a row early. Oh, well it will stretch.

        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          I keep little labels with my logo on them and if I have a small mistake then that is where I place the logo. 😁

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          I rather like the tss row in there and it's good to know it's stretchy.

        #13
        I never said what yarn I'm using. This blue is Panda Pearl from Crystal Palace Yarns. I bought it in 2016 and am glad to have a nice project to use it in.
        Linda
        Stasbusting week ending 9/19 WTD = 0 YTD = +160


        "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.
        The Old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost"

        JRR Tolkien

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        • Char
          Char commented
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          I have never tried that yarn - does it block well?

        • crosstitchlinda
          crosstitchlinda commented
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          Char The only other project I've used this yarn in is a hap shawl, and I think that blocked well, but it had lots of merino to help it along. This yarn is 53% Bamboo, 42% Merino and 5% silk. We shall see how it blocks.

        • pinesprairie
          pinesprairie commented
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          Ooh, that yarn sounds wonderful! Anything with silk in is a treat. Is it warm?

        #14
        I used the block pattern by TexasPurl

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        Once I got into the pattern it went well. The TPS takes a little more thought than the TSS, but not much curl.

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        • KnitsWithHorses
          KnitsWithHorses commented
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          Very pretty!

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          Nicely done! Your sides look great!

        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          Thank you all for your kind words. I'm having fun.

        #15
        Just checking in to see what everyone's sides look like.
        I can't make my right and left side look the same. Is this normal?
        I also can't decide where my hook should be inserted on the left side. Into the middle of 'V' at the end or just behind it.
        (I think maybe I saw conflicting internet videos and now I am confused)

        I think my problem at this point is that my sides look so different from each other and that is making me feel like something is wrong. (On occasion...I have been guilty of reorganizing the bookshelves just so I can find what I am looking for.) Would it help make it more uniform looking if I did the square pattern that TexasPurl gave us?? Or maybe once I put a border on all will be well?
        Book Challenge 38/50
        2020 stash busting WTD. 2 YTD. 27

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        • DJM
          DJM commented
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          I had trouble with the left side so I insert a stitch marker on the last stitch on the left side so I know where to put the final stitch.

        • hereami
          hereami commented
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          Char no need to make another one. Your explanation was perfect. Then I went up to your post to stare at your block. Thank you.

        • Kathy7661
          Kathy7661 commented
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          hereami I struggled a little too with the sides. I think I was inserting my hook in the wrong place so I did what DJM using a stitch marker.

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