Stitch 3_Tunisian Knit Stitch (Tks)



This stitch looks similar to the stocking stitch in knitting.  It is obtained by inserting the hook between the front and back vertical bars of the same stitch.  The fabric is very thick and it curls, just like knitting.  The stitch and row count works up very similar to that of the Tunisian Full Stitch.  This is due to the placement of the hook below the chains that was forms during the return pass for both these stitch types, and then the yarn is pulled up over these chains, which then create this thick, curling fabric.




Return or Close Stitch




Amount of Stitches for Stitch Pattern

Any amount of stitches


Tks – Tunisian Knit Stitch

sc – single crochet (US)

ch – chain

lp(s) – loop(s)

rep – repeat

slst(s) – slip stitch(es)

Tks-wise – Tunisian Knit Stitch Wise (watch this video on hook placements)

Tss-wise – Tunisian Simple Stitch Wise

v-bar(s) – vertical bar(s)

YO – yarn over


For the purpose of creating a Tunisian Sampler Blanket that you will find HERE, let’s work a square as follows:

Ch 33, (work the following pattern for 40 rows incl the foundation row or until square)

1. Foundation Row:  Find a tutorial on the Foundation Row HERE.
2. Row 1: (Forward Pass) Skip the 1st v-bar,

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3. *Insert the hook from front to back between the two vertical bars of next stitch so that the hook appear at the back of the fabric,

Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 3.1_BtrixDsigns  Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 3.2_BtrixDsigns

4. YO and pull up a loop (ONE Tks worked);

Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 4.1_BtrixDsigns  Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 4.2_BtrixDsigns

5. Rep from * across to last stitch,

Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 5.1_BtrixDsigns  Tunisian Knit Stitch_Step 5.2_BtrixDsigns

6. work last st as for TSS (This is the ch-1 of the previous row.  Insert hook behind both the front v-bar and the back bar of the chain).

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7. (Return Pass) ch1,

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8. Close as for Tss [*YO and pull through 2 loops (one ch will be formed while one loop from the hook will be dropped); rep from * across until ONE loop remains].

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9. Rep row 1 for pattern.

Work 40 rows including the Foundation Row, to make the square for the Tunisian Sampler Blanket.TooltipText

10. Ending off: skip 1st v-bar, sc next stitch Tks-wise (between next front and back v-bar) and each stitch across, sc into last st Tss-wise.

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STICKY NOTE: A slip stitch (slst) bind-off is not ideal for the Tks, as it adds to the curl of this stitch and then the slip stitch will lie on the surface of the Tks instead of on the edge.  You can, however, use the slip stitch bind-off if you want to add a border or join the piece to another.

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Watch the full video on the Tunisian Knit Stitch with lots of tips and trix.

Tunisian Crochet Stitches_Tunisian Knit Stitch


The All-Round Sleeveless Pullover is the perfect project to get your Tunisian Knit Stitch Skills going.

Find the pattern in my Ravelry Store, or just click on this link: All-Round Sleeveless Pullover



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