Free crochet stitch tutorial on how to work the Tunisian Honeycomb stitch. It contains detailed video tutorial and written instructions.
Tunisian honeycomb stitch is such a beautiful stitch. And let me tell you the good news right at the starts – it does not curl!
If you have been put off Tunisian Crochet before because of the dreaded curl, this Tunisian honeycomb stitch it for you. It does not curl at all!
The reason behind this no curl Tunisian Crochet stitch is its components. The honeycomb texture is simply created by alternating two other Tunisian Crochet stitches.
Although it might look super complicated, it really is not. Let’s dive deeper into this beautiful stitch.
Tunisian Honeycomb Construction
As I mentioned above, this stitch consists of alternating two stitches. It is a two row repeat pattern that is easy to memorise.
To create Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch, you will firstly need to master two other basic Tunisian Crochet stitches.
You will need Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Purl Stitch. Both of these stitches are available as tutorials on my blog. These are easy stitches to learn. And with the help of my quick and easy to follow tutorials you can learn the honeycomb stitch in no time.
Once you know how to create these basic stitches, all you have to do is alternate the simple stitch with the purl stitch. On the second row, you will alternate these stitches in the reversed order.
That means that you will work simple stitch into the purl stitch from previous row and vice versa. It really is that simple.
As the name suggests, alternating these two easy stitches will create honeycomb like texture.
How to increase and decrease in Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch?
This is a question that pops up very often especially with stitches that require two stitch multiples to be able to work.
Because you alternate two stitches – simple and purl stitch, you need to keep your multiple of two for the pattern to work out.
To shape items using Tunisian Honeycomb stitch you will have to decrease or increase by two stitches on the row where you require shaping.
To keep it even you can increase in the gap before you work the first stitch at the beginning off the row inserting the hook under the horizontal bar. Evenly, increase in the gap before working under both loops of the last stitch inserting hook under the horizontal bar.
This is the same technique you will need to use when you want to decrease. You will need to decrease at the start of the row by working the two stitches together.
Also you will need to work the two stitches before the last stitch together. To keep the decreases neat, you will need to use Tunisian simple stitch and insert your hook under both vertical bars at the same time.
What to use this stitch for?
This is a super versatile stitch to use for many projects. As I mentioned above, this stitch does not curl at all! This is a great thing is you wanted to use this stitch I various projects.
It creates a lovely dense texture that hasn’t got many gaps. This is especially useful for crochet projects like bags, baskets, blankets, hats and warm garments.
You can also use it for various accessories like winter shawls and scarves. Gloves, mittens or slipper socks would also be great.
I have used this great stitch for Apple Crochet Book Sleeve. You can see a sneak peek below. The pattern will be released shortly right here on the blog.
How do you crochet Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch Video Tutorial
This stitch is sometimes referred to as Moss stitch. I have heard both names being used for this stitch. However, there is a version of moss stitch that looks like the moss stitch in classic crochet. One where you alternate a stitch with a chain space.
Chain desired even number of stitches.
Row 1 FP: the first loop on hook counts as first st, starting in 2nd ch from hook, * insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, leave on hook; repeat from * across.
Row 1 RP: yarn over and pull through one loop, * yarn over, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until one loop remains on hook.
Row 2 FP: *1 tss in next, 1 tps in next; repeat from * across until last st, insert hook under both loops of last st and pull up a loop.
Row 2 RP: yarn over and pull through one loop, * yarn over, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until one loop remains on hook.
Row 3 FP: *1 tps in next, 1 tss in next; repeat from * across until last st, insert hook under both loops of last st and pull up a loop.
Row 3 RP: yarn over and pull through one loop, * yarn over, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until one loop remains on hook.
Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch Using Two colours
There is also a really cool two coloured version of this stitch. It involves using two contrasting colours. You use one colours for the forward pass and a different colours for the return pass.
Using this technique makes the stitch look 3D. In this way the honeycomb texture really stands out and looks very pretty. You can see an example of this technique IN THIS CUSHION PATTERN.
I hope you enjoyed this Tunisian Purl Stitch tutorial. I have more free crochet tutorials that you might enjoy right here on the blog.
If you are looking for more stitch tutorials, check out Tunisian Knit Stitch – Free Tutorial or the Crossed Double Crochet Stitch Free Tutorial or Linked Double Crochet Stitch – Free Tutorial which is a stepping stone to Tunisian Crochet technique.
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