If you’re anything like me, you may have seen a long crochet hook with a stopper at the end somewhere along your stitching journey and thought to yourself, “What in the world is that used for?” Or maybe you’ve recently been hearing about a type of crochet called Tunisian Crochet or Afghan Crochet and thought, “What is Tunisian crochet?”
I was an avid crocheter for more than ten years before I heard about this crochet/knitting hybrid. And when I heard it requires a long hook with a stopper at the end of it, I thought back to all those times I had seen that kind of hook and how I’d just been completely baffled. And a little intrigued…
It turns out Tunisian Crochet is not as complicated or as exotic as it sounds. I admit I was a bit intimidated to learn how to Tunisian Crochet, but once I decided to do so I was extremely happy I had.
Tunisian Crochet – A simple mix of knit and crochet
First of all, it’s not as difficult as you may think. Also, it revitalizes your love of standard crochet. And, if you aren’t a knitter, you can crochet fabric that looks JUST like knitting with Tunisian Crochet!
Oh, and did I mention it’s faster than crochet?!
I want to inspire you to buy one of those mysterious long hooks with a stopper at the end and take a crack at learning this fun and beautiful stitching method. Just imagine all the possibilities that can open up to you by adding this skill to your stitch repertoire!
Tunisian Crochet Defined
So what exactly is Tunisian (Afghan) Crochet? Well, it’s kind of a hybrid between standard crochet and knitting. Instead of a traditional crochet hook, a longer hook is used in Tunisian Crochet. This elongated hook looks like a long knitting needle but it has a crochet hook at the end instead.
And instead of creating one stitch at a time like in standard crochet, in Tunisian Crochet the stitches are carried on the hook just like in knitting. The stitches are created and added to the hook on what is known as the Forward Pass and then they are worked off the hook on the Standard Return Pass.
This means that you’ll never work on the “wrong side” of your work since you never turn the work as is done in standard crochet.
How is Tunisian crochet fabric different from knit or crocheted fabrics?
As far as the look and feel of the fabric created in Tunisian Crochet is concerned, it differs from standard crochet and knitting in a few ways.
First of all, the fabric is less stretchy than standard crochet and much thicker. And just as in standard crochet and knitting, there is a large variety of stitches that can be made in Tunisian Crochet. So yarn choice is very important when working with some stitches due to the thickness of the fabric created.
Although fabric using the Tunisian Knit Stitch looks just like knitted fabric, it’s much thicker than its knitted counterpart.
Tunisian Crocheted fabric also tends to curl and therefore needs to be blocked once the project has been completed.
One great feature of Tunisian Crochet is that it has a neater edge than standard crochet. If done correctly, there will be a very neat braided edge all around which makes it much easier to join fabric strips and adding borders.
And as I mentioned before, it’s faster than standard crochet and twice as fast as knitting! Just like standard crochet, it uses two thirds more yarn than knitting, so it can be a yarn gobbler. But the beautiful stitches you can create with this stitch method makes it so worth it!
Tips and Other Ideas
We plan to add more Tunisian crochet tutorials and patterns on Stitch in Progress as we grow.