Tunisian Purl Stitch – Quick and Easy Tutorial

This is a quick and easy tutorial on how to work Tunisian purl stitch. This is a lovely stitch full of texture that creates a lovely contrast to smoother stitches.

Tunisian purl stitch is a great stitch to have in your repertoire if you are learning Tunisian Crochet. It has a lovely subtle texture.

It also creates a lovely contrast to smoother stitches like knit stitch. People often use it in classic knit – purl ribbing.

As I mentioned before in my other Tunisian Crochet tutorials, there are some stitches that curl more than others. Tunisian purl stitch is one of the better behaved ones. It does not curl!

That is why crocheters often use it for edges. Whether that is on its own as it is. However, there are many combinations where Tunisian purl stitch is an important component.

One of those stitches is Tunisian Moss Stitch. Crocheters also sometimes refer to it as Honeycomb stitch. For very obvious reasons, it does indeed have honeycomb texture. You simply create it by alternating Tunisian Purl stitch and Tunisian Simple Stitch.

Smocked Stitch is another stitch that uses Tunisian Purl Stitch. This one uses a combination of the purl stitch and purl stitch decrease.


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Tunisian Purl Stitch Basics

This beautiful stitch features a horizontal bar running to the front of your work. This is replicating the traditional purl stitch used in knitting.

As I mentioned above, Tunisian Purl stitch does not curl unlike other stitches. Therefore it is used to border items using other stitches to combat the curl.

There is one major difference when it comes to creating this stitch. Unlike most Tunisian stitches where the yarn is at the back, for the purl stitch you must bring the yarn to the front of your work.

There are many ways you can do this and it might take some time to make yourself comfortable with it. You might want to try a few different techniques to find one that is the most comfortable for you.

The easiest way to do this is to flick the yarn to the front with your hook. You can also place the hook behind the yarn pushing it forward.

When you then move the yarn across the stitch and to the back, you will create a horizontal bar. This bar sits at the bottom of the vertical bar creating the typical bump for the purl stitch.

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Tunisian Purl 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.

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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Project Ideas

The main emphasis for the Tunisian Purl Stitch is the fact that it does not curl. As I mentioned above, you can use it as a border for projects to combat the curl.

It is also an essential stitch in combination with others to create Tunisian stitch combinations.

I have used this fun tetxtured stitch for my Pearl Cardigan I made for my second born.

Tunisian Purl 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: * with yarn to the front, insert hook under next vertical bar, bring yarn across front of vertical bar and to back, yarn over and draw through keeping the loop on the hook; repeat from * across until last st, insert hook under both strand of last st and pull up 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.

Final Thoughts

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 these few 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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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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