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Crochet enthusiasts often seek ways to replicate the beautiful texture of knitting in their projects. There comes the Tunisian Knit Stitch— a crochet technique replicating the look of knitting. This technique uses Tunisian crochet hooks and produces a fabric resembling the stockinette knitting stitch. It is ideal for creating a knitted texture in crochet, enabling enthusiasts to make exquisitely textured pieces. Let's understand the intricate art of the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

Understanding the Tunisian Crochet Technique

Before diving into the specifics of the Tunisian Knit Stitch, it's essential to grasp the fundamentals of Tunisian crochet. Unlike traditional crochet, Tunisian crochet utilizes a longer hook, resembling a blend between a crochet hook and a knitting needle. This technique involves working stitches across the row, leaving them on the hook before completing them on the return pass. Let's understand this with a pattern.

Required Materials:

Tunisian crochet hook (size H/8 or 5mm)

Worsted weight yarn in your choice of color


  1. Begin with a foundation chain in the desired multiples.
  2. Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over, and pull up a loop.
  3. Hold this loop onto your hook.
  4. Repeat step 2 in each chain across the row, keeping all loops on the hook. You'll have a row of loops on your hook, similar to how you'd start a regular Tunisian crochet project.
  5. Now, to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch:

Yarn over and pull through one loop on the hook. This creates your edge stitch.

Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Repeat this across the row until one loop remains on the hook.

  1. To begin the next row:

Insert your hook under the vertical bar that runs along the front of the next stitch (this looks like a knit stitch), yarn over, and pull up a loop. Keep this loop on the hook.

Repeat this across the row, working into each vertical bar.

  1. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the desired length of your project.

This pattern creates a fabric that resembles the knit stitch in knitting, but it's achieved through crochet. Adjust the number of chains for your desired width and continue the rows until you reach the desired length.

Remember, the choice of yarn and hook size can vary based on the project you have in mind. Experimenting with different yarn weights and hook sizes can give you various textures and sizes for your finished piece.

Success Tips for Mastering the Tunisian Knit Stitch

Hook Selection: Choose a Tunisian crochet hook that feels comfortable and appropriate for your yarn. A hook with a smooth, elongated shaft, typically longer than regular crochet hooks works best for this technique. You can use wooden crochet hooks for a firm grip.

Yarn Choice: Opt for worsted-weight yarn for starters. It's easier to manage and allows you to see your stitches. Experiment with different yarn weights to achieve various textures as you become more comfortable.

Tension Control: Sustain a constant tension throughout the process to guarantee even stitches. Avoid making the loops too tight or too loose. Even tension produces a neater fabric.


Practice Foundation Rows: Perfect your foundation row technique before advancing. Ensure each loop on the hook is of equal height and tension, setting the stage for a smoother knitting-like appearance.

Focus on Edge Stitch: The edge stitch is crucial. When starting a row, ensure the first loop is neither tight nor loose. It sets the foundation for a tidy edge.

Hook Insertion: While working the Tunisian Knit Stitch on subsequent rows, insert the hook under the front vertical bar of each stitch consistently. This uniformity enhances the uniformity and appearance of your fabric.


Keep Loops Evenly Spaced: Maintain an even number of loops on your hook throughout the row. This helps in preventing puckering or widening of your work.

Blocking: Consider blocking your finished piece. Blocking can refine the appearance of your stitches and give your project a polished, professional look.

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