Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth.
Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a little bit crochet, a little bit knitting and looks like weaving. The resulting fabric is quite thick and spongy making it a perfect choice for wash or dishcloths, potholders, cushions and more. It’s also quite lovely for scarves if you use a fine yarn.
Once you get past the first few rows you’ll be powering ahead with the rhythmic motion of making these simple stitches and looking for more projects to try out your new skills.
This is a quick and easy project finished off with a crochet border in Linen Stitch and perfect for gift giving. Let’s get started!
You will need:
• Worsted weight cotton in 2 coordinating colours
• 6mm Tunisian hook (also known as Tricot or Afghan
• 4 mm crochet hook
A word about hooks: Tunisian hooks come in several different styles: Rigid, interchangeable extension and fixed extension.
The rigid is the most readily available and fine if you just want to give Tunisian crochet a try but I would strongly recommend getting yourself an interchangeable extension hook if you plan on doing any more.
These hooks are much easier to handle and more comfortable in your hand as well as being more practical as you can change the
length to suit the size of your project. Mine is also interchangeable with my circular knitting needle extensions so if you already own these you just need to purchase the hook.
Ch – Chain
sc – single crochet (US terms)
Sk – Skip
Yo – Yarn over
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sts – Stitches
TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tunisian Crochet Lesson
Note: Each row in Tunisian crochet takes two steps; the forward pass and the return pass.
Make a chain as you normally would to length required.
Starting from 2nd ch from hook, insert hook into top loop of your chain, yarn over, pull up loop and keep on hook.
Continue this way until end keeping all loops on hook.
Now we’re ready to complete the second part of the row, known
as the Return Pass. This step will be the same for every row from here.
o Working left to right
o Yarn over and pull through one loop (first stitch only)
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops to end
You’ll be left with one loop on your hook at the end
To make a row:
Step 1: Forward pass
o Slide hook through 2nd vertical bar from previous row
Yarn over and pull through loop (you now have 2 loops on hook)
Continue this way, keeping all loops on the hook until you reach the end of row.
On the last stitch, go through the back of both loops to give your edges a nice neat finish.
Step 2: Return Pass
To finish the row do a Return Pass the same way as you did in the foundation row. And that’s how you do the Tunisian Simple Stitch.
How to cast off:
Starting on a forward pass, insert your hook into the 2nd vertical bar and pull up loop as you would normally in a forward pass.
But this time, bring yarn over and make a slip stitch by pulling yarn through both loops on hook.
o This will leave you with one loop on hook. Continue slip stitching each stitch across row until you reach the end.
o Fasten off
Handy stuff to know:
- To count the number of rows you have made, each vertical bar represents one row.
- The curl! It’s gonna curl and that’s because the stitches are pulled up as you work.
Some yarn will curl more than others but don’t worry it will straighten out with a border and/or blocking.
- Always go up a hook size or two than what you would normally use for your particular yarn.
- Count your stitches as you go! It can be easy to miss a stitch so count … count …. count.
- Try to keep an even or slightly loose tension. If you work too tightly you will struggle to pick up the stitches. Go up a couple of hook sizes if you need to.
- Stretch your hands often. Holding these hooks for too long really take their toll on your hands.
Measures 20 cm (without border)
- Ch 30
- Work aprox 29 rows Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Note: The number of rows will depend on the yarn you use. To check that your wash cloth is perfectly square, fold the bottom right hand corner diagonally up to the top left hand corner to check the size.
- Once you have a square, cast off
Linen Stitch Border
Change back to your crochet hook
Row 1: Using contrast colour, sc into each stitch around washer, working [sc, ch 1, sc] in each corner. Join with sl st into top of first sc.
Row2: [sc, ch 1, sc], *ch 1, skip 1, sc 1 up to next corner [sc , ch 1, sc]. Repeat from* to end Join with a sl st into top of first sc. Break off yarn.
Row 3: Join Main colour into any corner chain space and repeat Row 2 but this time you will be working your sc into the ch sp of the previous row. Join with a sl st into top of first sc. Break off yarn.
Row 4: Join Contrast colour into any corner chain space and work same as Row 3. Break off yarn, weave in ends and you’re done!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this project. If you have any questions or would like to share your work, pop into my Ravelry group.
I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time Michelle x
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About Michelle Robinson
Michelle is the face behind Poppy & Bliss. Her passion is crochet and her style is modern, vibrant and fun.
She teaches workshops in various styles of crochet, designs modern crochet patterns, occasionally remembers she has a blog at Poppy & Bliss but shares most of her work on Instagram