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Stitch of the Week 8: Tunisian Smock Stitch

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    Stitch of the Week 8: Tunisian Smock Stitch

    Hello everyone! It's "Stitch of the Week" #8 with the Tunisian Smock Stitch (Tunisian Honeycomb V2).

    A video tutorial for the Smock Stitch is available from TL Yarn Crafts HERE & CrochetKim HERE.

    Like the Honeycomb stitch pattern, the Smock Stitch pattern is achieved in a 2 row repeat by combining TSS2tog (Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 together) & a Yarn Under wrap (YU) consecutively across the 1st row, then repeating the same stitches, though offset in the 2nd row. Usually worked over an even number of stitches. The Smock Stitch pattern has little to no curling. This stitch pattern adds texture and an interesting pattern to your 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 the Smock Stitch pattern:

    Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:
    • Create an even number of chains.
    • (1) Insert your hook into the back bump of 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.
    Or
    • Experiment with one of the alternative casts on from our Alternative Cast-Ons post.
    • 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.

    These 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.

    Smock Stitch with a single ended hook. (2 row repeat)
    • Row 1. Skip first vertical bar directly beneath the loop on the hook, *TSS2tog in next 2 stitches, yarn under (keep your pointer finger on the YU to keep it from getting away)*, repeat *-* to last stitch, TSS in the last stitch. Basic return pass as in prior tutorials.
    • Row 2. Skip first vertical bar directly beneath the loop on the hook, TSS, *TSS2tog in next 2 stitches, yarn under*, repeat *-* to last 2 stitches, TSS, TSS in the last stitch. Basic return pass as in prior tutorials.

    Repeat rows 1 & 2 to the desired length, end with a Row 1.


    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.

    Bind off in TSS.
    • 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.


    Free Patterns

    Easy Smock Stitch Pouch Written
    Fishnet Cushion Written
    Iridescent Cowl Written

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    Last edited by TexasPurl; 10-05-2020, 05:23 PM.
    Debbie

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    #2
    Oh, it looks like a tear drop!! Can't wait to start.

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      #3
      Oh pretty!!! . I will be doing Tunisian today
      Knitting is happening here! ❤️

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        #4
        I've been looking forward to this one! So pretty.
        Natalie from Oklahoma

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          #5
          Fun! Hoping I have time this week. If not, I'll catch up next week. I like this one. Thanks TexasPurl, appreciate you continuing to do this!!

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            Natalie from Oklahoma

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            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              pinesprairie every video i watched on the technique seemed to do it a little differently. Some did a TSS first in the first or second row only and they might do the last two stitches differently and some did the yarn under before the TSS2Tog and some after. Some ended each pickup row with an extra stich and some didn't. I never quite understood that! I didn't get the impression that any of the video makers I watched (The ones TexasPurl linked plus several others) had actually done the stitch all that much. I'm not 100% sure what I ended up doing is totally "correct" but it worked so I'm okay with it. Lol I kinda wish I had just stuck to TexasPurl written instructions I may just try that on my next square.

            • pinesprairie
              pinesprairie commented
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              KnitsWithHorses - Lol, that sounds like me when I go after something. Thanks for the explanation though, I don't think I've 'followed the directions' yet, but on this one, I might just give it a go first. I'm not really a very good direction follower - it falls in that "don't tell me what to do" category. Lol.

            • crosstitchlinda
              crosstitchlinda commented
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              I used the video by Crochet Kim along with the instructions by TexasPurl I basically used the video to see how the yarn under was done. Otherwise I used the written directions.

            #7
            Here is my version, I went with a DK weight yarn, and I really like the drape it has.
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            Linda
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            • pinesprairie
              pinesprairie commented
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              Yes, this is gorgeous! Your stitching, the yarn and the colorway.

            • TexasPurl
              TexasPurl commented
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              Beautifully done!

            • knitter131
              knitter131 commented
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              It’s Beautiful!

            #8
            I started a scarf with week 8, and a larger hook to loosen things up. I don’t know if I like it, but here it is..... DK Bernat Baby.

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            I also put together a baby afghan with the first weeks of squares, and the same number of TSS squares. I have a lot of bobo’s, but some baby will keep warm in it.

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            Kathie from Indiana

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            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              Okay first off, I'm so impressed you actually completed a blanket with Tunisian squares already!! And your smock stitch looks great! Did you have any confusion over the beginning and end of each row or is that just me. I'm not exactly hitting on all my pistons lately so it's probably just me. 🤪

            • knitter131
              knitter131 commented
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              Thanks, DJM TexasPurl and KnitsWithHorses 😊. I did have confusion at the end of the rows, as you can probably see if you look closely at my square. I frogged my first attempt after about half of the square, so this one looks a little better. Keep in mind that six of the squares in the blanket are the simple stitch, not as much of a challenge as the new stitches we are learning.

            • KnitsWithHorses
              KnitsWithHorses commented
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              I have to admit I'm a little bit relieved that it isn't just me. Lol It comes out looking so pretty though! It's worth a little struggle to master.

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            #10
            Here is my smock stitch square. A little late, again. This one was fun. And...when I showed my daughter her first response was, "those are teardrops." So that is a huge plus.

            I am getting better at reading my own stitches. That yarn over stitch did hide from me a couple of times...and I did have it completely slide out of place a time or two as I was learning to hold on to it and reach for the other stitches.

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            • TexasPurl
              TexasPurl commented
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              So pretty!

            • hereami
              hereami commented
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              Thank you everyone for your kind words.
              KnitsWithHorses Yes, I will be blocking and joining my squares later. I am having difficulty making them all exactly the same size. My very loose plan so far is to group them together by size. For example...smallest ones in the center, larger ones bordering those.

              I started with the light colored yarn from my stash originally because of the feel of the yarn. I have run out of that old yarn and had to try to buy something similar from the Big Box Store. This yarn helps me to relax.

              Maybe now that the kiddo's are grown I can keep something this lightly colored clean.
              Lol...who am I kidding. I am clumsy and married. This isn't going to stay perfectly white for long. LOL.

            • pinesprairie
              pinesprairie commented
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              hereami, I had the same problem with getting the squares the same size even though I was using the same yarn and same number of stitches. I gave up trying to make something I could join together and went to face cloths which worked.

              The good thing is, it doesn't really matter what we decide to do with them! You could turn them into a project or 'catch-all' bag or pillow covering or seat cover or.....

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