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    #3 - Tunisian Knit Stitch - TKS

    Hello everyone & welcome back! Today we're working with the Tunisian Knit Stitch!

    A video tutorial for TKS is available from CrochetKim HERE.
    And another from HappyBerry Crochet HERE.


    The Tunisian knit stitch, or TKS, really looks like knitting on the surface, but it creates a thicker fabric because the return pass sits at the back of the work and adds considerable heft. Working from front to back between the vertical bars opens the stitch to create V shapes similar to knitting stockinette. The TKS is prone to curl quite a bit. You may need to go up a hook size or lessen your tension and always block the finished project.

    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 back bump of 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.

    TKS with a single ended hook.

    Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) is worked between the vertical bars.
    • Forward Pass - Insert your hook from front to back between the vertical bars of the next stitch.
    • 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 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 TKS.
    • 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.


    TKS 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. TKS in the round produces a thick fabric for hats, mittens & sweaters.

    We'll explore double ended stitching in another session.

    Below are some examples of TKS. See the photo captions for descriptions.


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    TexasPurl
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    Last edited by TexasPurl; 08-26-2021, 07:39 AM.
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    #2
    Free Patterns

    Knit-Alike Tunisian Crochet Scarf (Video)
    Tunisian Spiral Shawl (Video)
    Knit Stitch Mittens (Video)
    Knit Stitch Purse (Video)
    Basic Tks Hat
    Tunisian knit headband

    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 TPS & Return Pass
    5. TPS in next st, TSS x26, TPS, TSS in last st. - Return Pass
    6. Repeat row 5 until block measures 5-3/4"
    7. Work Bind off row in TPS

    Debbie

    Stashbusting MAL WTD 0/YTD +75 (2021 -288)(2020-712)(2019-642)(2018-109)
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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

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      #3
      Woo Hoo another new stitch. Can't wait to try. Thanks.

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        #4
        Yay! Our next pattern! I will be trying this... as soon as I get some coffee
        Tell me something good!!!

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          #5
          I had fun with this one!!

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          #6
          My TKS square is done. I found this one quite enjoyable to do.
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            Very pretty. I love speckled yarn on white bases there’s so much fun to them

          • Char
            Char
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            Char commented
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            I love it! I am gaining a new attraction to sparkles. :-)

          • Kathy7661
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            Kathy7661 commented
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            Thanks everyone! 😊

          #7
          Here’s my TKS, the color is actually light blue, but we have a lot of clouds and I couldn’t get a true color. It was smaller than my others, I think I should have gone to a larger hook. Probably a little over-stretched and steamed.

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          • pinesprairie
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            I think it looks good. This has me wondering though. If you can "see through" it, does that mean we're using a hook that is too big? I noticed this on my practice square last week and thought maybe I'd gone up one too many hook sizes. How does one know if you have it right?

          • knitter131
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            I think the holes are there because it was too small and I needed to stretch to size. I think I’m not happy with it and I will try again with another size larger hook. Ho hum. At least I’ve learned the stitch and I can do it easily now. I still need to do my foundation chains and slip,stitches I with a hook that’s two sizes smaller.

          • TexasPurl
            TexasPurl
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            TexasPurl commented
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            I agree, it looks over blocked. TKS stitches should be close together. A larger hook possibly or cast-on more stitches and adjust for it when you join blocks together.

          #8
          I finished week three as well!

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          Tell me something good!!!

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          #9
          My first TKS is complete. There's a glaring error Click image for larger version

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          Natalie from Oklahoma
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          #10
          🎵Love is in the air Everything I see right there, love is in the air🎵

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          #11
          I guess I can't see today, I keep thinking I'm in the comments and am not! Sorry everyone!

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          #12
          So, I did another TKS and I’m much happier with the look of this one. I can’t believe how large of a hook I’m using, but whatever works. Still can’t get a good color, this is light blue 🥴


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          #13
          Decided to add stripes to my second TKS block.
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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


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          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses
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            KnitsWithHorses commented
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            Thanks y'all. I think in future I might go up a needle size and pick up one less stitch when using two colors as it seems to make it a bit denser. But I do like the stripes. 😁

          • hereami
            hereami
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            hereami commented
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            great work.
            Did you carry the non working yarn across with the working color? Or just leave it on the end and picked it up later?
            I have been a bit distracted and haven't started on my block this week. Hope to work on it soon.

          • KnitsWithHorses
            KnitsWithHorses
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            hereami
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            hereami I just carried it up the side. I changed colors at the beginning where you just have one stuck on the needle. I actually used the new color to close the last stitch of the previous row. I also toyed around with changing colors at the other end but that's a whole different effect.
            KnitsWithHorses
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            Last edited by KnitsWithHorses; 09-27-2020, 12:31 PM.

          #14
          Something iffy happened in the middle there but oh well! Loved this week super meditative to work on!
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          #15
          a bit late. I did finish this on time...just delay in posting.
          Although I love working the stitch, I couldn't manage to get it to be exactly the same size as the others. I am leaving this for now. I have a feeling I will have a similar problem with other stitch squares.

          My yarn is white, the block lays flat. The smokey air is causing the light coming thru the blinds to be orange-ish and is giving the illusion of multiple colors and of a ripple effect to my work.
          On to block 4.

          Btw...I loved seeing everyone's work. And thank you for the pattern ideas.

          Reason for Edit... I attached the wrong photo. This is the correct photo. Sorry everyone.
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          • DJM
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            DJM commented
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            We this group you will never be late. I also love seeing everyone's work and especially the color choices. Well done with your square.

          • TeaNSugar
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            TeaNSugar commented
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            I have the same challenge whenever I attempt crochet squares. I will see how it goes when I attempt my first Tunisian square soon.

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