Tunisian Knit Stitch – Free Tutorial

Free crochet stitch tutorial on how to work the Tunisian Knit stitch. It contains detailed video tutorial and written instructions.

Tunisian Knit stitch is the one stitch that resembles knitting the most. Not surprisingly, it is one of the first stitches people try after discovering Tunisian Crochet.

The lovely look of Tunisian Knit stitch creates a smooth texture. Secondly, you can use it to contrasting textured stitches to create graphs on items.

However, as we all try to combat the dreaded curl, Tunisian knit stitch is one of the naught ones. It creates a super dense texture and unfortunately does curl quite a lot.

Although, it curls, it should not put you off using this beautiful crochet stitch. I have written more about Tunisian Crochet in general in 7 Useful Things you need to know about Tunisian Crochet .


tunisian knit stitch tutorial free

Tunisian Knit Stitch Basics

As far as construction of this stitch, it is super easy. You simply insert your hook through the “V” at the front of the stitch.

This creates the iconic look of classic knitted items. However, keep in mind that the return pass of this stitch adds quite a bit of bulk to the back of your work.

Although you can use this stitch for many items, use it preferably for colder weather due to the thickness of the fabric it creates.

Items like sweaters and winter cardigan, coats and jackets would work best for this stitch. However, with the right choice of yarn and hook size you could create looser fabric that would be suitable for warmer transitional weather like spring or autumn.

In this case items like scarves, hats, shawls and slippers would work great in this stitch.

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Double Brim Tunisian Crochet Hat

Tunisian Knit Stitch Video Tutorial

I have also filmed a super quick and easy to follow video tutorial. It is aimed at busy crafters that just want the juicy stuff. So this is no messing, straight to the point video tutorial. 

However, if you find it a little too fast, please pause the video or watch it a few times. I used 6 mm crochet hook and DK weight yarn.

YouTube video

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Practice the basic Tunisian Crochet stitches. Once you have mastered these you will be able to create stitches that use a combination of basic stitches to create more complex ones.

Below you can see Tunisian Knit stitch used in a cowl neck sweater. This is one of my very first designs in Tunisian Crochet and crochet overall.

tunisian crochet sweater
Cowl Neck Jumper

Project Ideas

I have used Tunisian Knit stitch in quite a few crochet projects. I simply love the texture of this stitch and even more the look of it. And it is so much easier than knitting.

It is an easy way to achieve knit look items without having to learn how to knit.

You can find a couple of projects right here on my blog. How I combated the curl in this Tunisian crochet ear warmer was super easy. As you can see the ends of the work where the fabric wold curl have been sewn together. No curl!

It is a quick and easy Tunisian ear warmer crochet pattern with a modern twist at the front. This knit look crochet headband uses chunky yarn and large hook it will work up super fast. 

tunisian knit stitch crochet ear warmer flatlay

To prove that you can easily use this stitch in crochet garments, check out my Emsam Pullover – Tunisian crochet pullover free pattern.

Emsam Pullover is one of the cosiest Tunisian crochet pullover patterns I have made to date! It will be the only Tunisian pullover pattern you will ever need!

I have designed this Tunisian crochet pullover to be oversized with a generous positive ease of 15 cm! It has a dropped shoulder detail with boxy shape body.

I know that not everybody is into the oversized look, so you can easily drop down a size to make more of a classic looking pullover.

tunisian knit stitch crochet pullover on a hanger next to a handbag

Toggle Button Cardigan also uses the knit stitch and is constructed in raglan style. It is an adorable project for little kids.

cardigan patterns using tunisian knit stitch
Toggle Button Cardigan

Tunisian Knit Stitch Written Instructions

Here are also quick written instructions. You can make yourself familiar with how Tunisian Crochet Instructions are written in patterns. 

FP stands for forward pass and RP stands for return pass. For more in depth explanation, check out the Tunisian Simple Stitch Tutorial which explains it more in depth.

Chain multiple of any number.

Row 1 FP: 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 tks across.

Row 2 RP: yarn over and pull through one loop, * yarn over, pull through 2 loops; repeat from * until one loop remains on hook.

tunisian knit stitch baby romper pattern
Joni Romper

Final Thoughts

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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