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"Queen of spades" cropped cardigan in Tunisian Crochet

THE MAKING OF A LOVELY CARDIGAN IN TUNISIAN CROCHET In the last little while, as you may have noticed, I have been working on an ambitious project: the creation of a Tunisian crochet garment, using a leaf motif (or "spades", as I preferred to call it) already seen in some wonderful knitting projects. First, I thought about replicating the spade pattern in Tunisian crochet, which was not difficult, as I have created similar patterns before - you can find them, for example, in these projects of mine: Leaf it On Shawl , Leaf it On Scarf , Leaf it On Cowl .  Leaf it On Scarf Next, I thought it best to make a garment that had a simple workmanship, i.e. worked flat, and not in the round, to avoid, at least initially, over-complicating the design. A cardigan, therefore, was the best choice. Next, I chose a yarn that I liked and opted for a fine multicoloured yarn. This was the result: "QUEEN OF SPADES" - THE CAL! I liked the finished garment very much, and so did you, whic



If you have followed me so far and learned how to make the Foundation Row in Tunisian crochet (if you haven’t, go back to my previous blog post HERE), be HAPPY: because that’s about all there is to know, almost! Yes, if you are able to start a project in Tunisian crochet (i.e. to make a Foundation Row), you have already grasped the simple concept of this beautiful technique, made of a “Forward Pass” – a stage in which all stitches are cast on the hook – and a “Return Pass” – a stage in which those stitches are cast off the hook.

So if you have learned how to pull up loops from a starting chain of stitches, and how to bring those loops off again, you are ready to proceed working in the most basic of all Tunisian stitches: the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Before you do, there’s another important concept you need to learn.


While in traditional crochet we usually insert the hook through loops and stitches, in Tunisian crochet we work through and around “bars”. When learning the different stitches in this Tunisian crochet course, I suggest you always refer to the photo below as “cheat sheet” for the different definitions, in order to better understand and visualize where to insert the hook in the different stitches and patterns (CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT).

Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tunisian Simple Stitch: "cheat sheet"


To proceed working after the Foundation Row, insert the hook from right to left under (or behind, depending on the perspective) the first available Vertical Bar (NEVER the one right under the first loop on the hook), yarn over and pull up a loop on the hook, keeping it there (photo 1 and photo 2)

Tunisian Simple Stitch
1: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch
2: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Proceed pulling up loops from all available Vertical Bars until the end of the row (photo 3).

Tunisian Simple Stitch
3: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Proceed with the Return Pass as for the Foundation Row, yarning over and pulling through one loop only once (4), then yarning over and pulling through two loops together (5) until the end of the row (6). 

Tunisian Simple Stitch
4: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch
5: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch
6: Tunisian Simple Stitch

You have just completed your first row in Tunisian Simple Stitch!

Isn’t it incredibly fun and easy?! If you wish to keep on crocheting in Tunisian Simple Stitch, just keep repeating what you’ve just learned as long as you want. There are many beautiful projects that can be worked up with this basic stitch: scarves, cushion covers, rugs, you name them. The simple yet lovely texture produced by the Tunisian Simple Stitch is for sure the most famous and most recognizable of all Tunisian stitches, so don’t be put off by its simplicity.

To make it even easier for you, here's a short video from my YouTube channel "Hookloopsarahcrochet" on the Tunisian Simple Stitch:

è After you’ve finished practicing and playing around with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, brace yourself for further interesting notions and stitches of Tunisian crochet! 


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