How to Make Easy Tunisian Crocheted Afghans

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Tunisian crochet uses a long hook that looks like a hybrid of a knitting needle and a crochet hook. The textured stitches created by Tunisian crochet are perfect for creating simple afghans.

Tunisian Simple Stitch Afghan

The Tunisian simple stitch begins with a row of chain stitches, just like crochet. A base row is then worked to give a foundation for the Tunisian simple stitch. Once you have worked the base row, you will work two parts of the Tunisian simple stitch: forward pass and reverse pass. Each row of Tunisian has both a forward and reverse pass.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Size I Tunisian crochet hook (or size recommended by the yarn label to match gauge)
  • Scissors

Step 1

Chain 110, or the number of stitches desired.

Tip

  • If you find that this many stitches are too heavy or difficult, you can chain 55 and create four blocks for the afghan. When all four blocks are completed, seam them together to create an afghan.

Step 2

Insert hook into the second chain from the hook. Wrap the yarn over the hook, draw a loop through and leave the loop on the hook.

Step 3

Insert the hook through the next chain, wrap the yarn over the hook, draw a loop through and leave the loop on the hook.

Step 4

Repeat step 3 until you reach the end of the chain. You have now completed the first pass of the base row.

Step 5

Do not turn the work. Wrap the yarn over the hook, then pull the loop through the first loop on the hook.

Step 6

Wrap the yarn over the hook, then pull the loop through two loops on the hook.

Step 7

Repeat step 6 until you reach the end of the row and only one stitch remains on the hook. You have now completed the reverse pass of the base row.

Step 8

Identify the front vertical bar of the base row you created. This is the long, vertical stitch that is closest to you.

Warning

  • Do not get the front vertical bar confused with the back vertical bar. Note that the back vertical bar is the bar that is on the opposite side of the row. Working through this bar will result in a completely different stitch.

Step 9

Skip the vertical bar that is at the edge of the previous row.

Step 10

Insert the hook from right to left behind the next vertical bar of the previous row and wrap the yarn over the hook. Draw a loop through and leave it on the hook.

Step 11

Repeat step 10 until you have worked all the stitches in the previous row. This completes the forward pass of the Tunisian simple stitch.

Step 12

Repeat steps 5-7 for the reverse pass.

Step 13

Repeat steps 5-12 to continue in Tunisian simple stitch until the afghan measures the desired length.

Step 14

Fasten off by cutting the yarn and pulling the tail through the last loop on the hook.

Tunisian Chevron Afghan

When you are comfortable with the Tunisian simple stitch, you can create an afghan that has more shape using the chevron stitch, also known as the ripple stitch. The stitch is similar to Tunisian simple stitch except that you will work increases and decreases to give the afghan a ripple effect.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted-weight yarn
  • Size I Tunisian crochet hook (or size recommended by the yarn label to match gauge)
  • Scissors

Step 1

Chain 111 stitches.

Step 2

Repeat steps 2-7 of the Tunisian Simple Stitch Afghan to create a base row.

Step 3

Work a Tunisian simple stitch into the first stitch, then pull up a loop from the space between the two vertical bars of the working stitch and the next stitch. This action will increase one stitch.

Step 4

Work a Tunisian simple stitch into the next 12 stitches, increase one, work a Tunisian simple stitch into the next stitch, increase one.

Step 5

Repeat step 4 until two stitches remain. Increase one stitch, then pull up a loop from the last stitch. You have now completed the forward pass of the first row.

Step 6

Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through one loop.

Step 7

Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Repeat this action four more times.

Step 8

Decrease one stitch by wrapping the yarn over the hook and pulling it through three loops. Repeat this one time.

Step 9

Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops. Repeat this action ten times.

Step 10

Repeat step 8, decreasing two stitches.

Step 11

Repeat steps 9 and 10 until seven stitches remain. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops at a time until one loop remains on your hook. You have now completed the reverse pass of the first row.

Tip

  • To create a multicolored afghan, change yarn colors every four rows.

Step 12

Repeat steps 3-11 until the afghan measures the desired length.

Step 13

Fasten off by cutting the yarn and pulling the tail through the last loop on the hook.

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