How to Crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch

How to Crochet the Tunisian Knit Stitch
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Learn Tunisian Knit Stitch

Today we are learning all about the Tunisian Knit Stitch.  This is the second stitch we are learning in the Learn Tunisian Series here at Sunflower Cottage Crochet and it’s definitely one of my most favorite Tunisian stitches!

The knit stitch–you guessed it–looks knitted!  It has that oh-so-classic knit look and even done with a bigger hook, it looks petite and pretty.  I just love it!  A note about this stitch: it’s going to curl!  A lot!  You aren’t doing anything wrong, it’s just going to curl a lot.  This is what blocking is for!



For the CAL related to our Learn Tunisian Series, I definitely wanted to include this as a square.  Below, I will show you step-by-step how to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS for short!).

Materials List:

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I used:

Worsted/Aran/#4 weight yarn–Brava Worsted by Knit Picks in Cornflower, Tidepool, Alfalfa, and mint.  I was able to get 2 squares out of each skein. As there are 12 squares, if you are using the same yarn, you will need 3 of each.  I also used Brava Worsted Speckle in Tidal for borders and joining.

You can find Brava Worsted at WeCrochet

Fiber: 100% premium acrylic

Weight: Worsted

Crochet Gauge: 11-14 sc = 4″ on I-K hooks (5.5mm-6.5mm)

Yards: 218

Grams: 100

Machine was and dry

I used a 6.5mm Tunisian hook from Furls and also one from Love To Crochet–a set I bought on Amazon.


Stitch markers

Tape Measure

Yarn Needle

Step 1

To get started, chain any number, but I recommend chaining until you reach 4″ in length.  There is no multiple for this stitch, so any number will work!



With the chain done, we will now work the foundation row:

Forward Pass: insert hook into 2nd chain from the hook and pull up a loop, *insert your hook into the next chain and pull up a loop; repeat from * to the last chain.

Return Pass: chain 1 (yo and pull thru 1 loop), *yo, pull thru the next 2 loops; rep from * to end, you will only have 1 loop left on your hook.

Step 2

Forward Pass: insert your hook between the next vertical bar and out the back, yo and pull up a loop; repeat to end, completing an edge stitch as follows: insert hook into two side loops, pull up a loop.

Return Pass: ch1, *yo, pull thru 2 loops; repeat from * to end, until you have only 1 loop left.

Picture Tutorial

For the picture tutorial, I am skipping the foundation row and going straight to the Knit Stitch part.

how to TKS

how to TKS



To work off your gathered loops, you simply need to do a “normal return”.  This is explained in my first post, Introduction to Tunisian.  You can click that title to go to the post to be reminded how to do this.

For the CAL

You simply need to do a 12″ x 12″ square.  You can stretch it a bit to meet that measurement, since it’s going to curl quite a bit, but will straighten out with the blocking process.

Pattern Information

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Video Tutorial


Learn Tunisian Series Links

Learn Tunisian Series (round up post and CAL information)

Introduction to Tunisian

Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS)

Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS)

Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS)

Tunisian Reverse Stitch (TRS)

Tunisian Full Stitch (TFS)

Tunisian Half-Double Crochet Stitch (THDCS)

Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch (TDCS)

Tunisian Smock Stitch

Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

Tunisian Basket Weave Stitch

Tunisian Crossed Stitch

Tunisian Wide Ribs Stitch