How To Do The Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch

How To Do The Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch
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Let’s learn how to do the Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch (TDCS).  Last time, we learned all about the THDCS and it was a little different than we’re used to.  The TDCS goes back to the normal way of working a normal foundation row first, then getting into the stitch for the next row.

Working the stitch

To work the Tunisian Double Crochet Stitch (TDCS), yo, insert hook in the front bar, pull up a loop, yo and pull thru two loops on the hook.  Repeat with each stitch across.  To adjust for height, add a chain to both the left and right edges of the fabric.

There are a couple of ways to work the left edge stitch, one of which, I prefer even though it is not considered the “correct way” to work this stitch.



Option 1: work a left edge stitch as “normal” by not yarning over, inserting your hook into the two loops, yo pull up a loop; then ch1 to get ready for your return pass, but also chain 1 again to get it up to height.  So… work a normal edge stitch but ch2 before doing the return pass.

Option 2: Yo, insert into edge stitch, yo pull up a loop, yo and pull thru two loops.  When you get ready to do your return pass, ch1.  I prefer Option 2 simply because it does not create a “gappy” side.


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


Written Instructions

To work this swatch with me, I recommend doing at least 4″ x 4″ square to learn the stitch before doing a pattern.  For the CAL, you will need to do this for 12″ x 12″ square.  This stitch does not have a multiple, you can simply crochet any number of stitches until you reach the desired measurement.



Complete a normal foundation row–you can find instructions for this in the Introduction to Tunisian post, here.

Row 1, Forward Pass: Crochet a row of TDCS, working an edge stitch with either option 1 or 2.

Row 1, Return Pass: Complete a normal return pass (see the introduction post, here)

Row 2 and onward: Complete the instructions for row 1 both forward and return passes.


Photo Tutorial



Video Tutorial


Where to find the pattern

Sunflower Store

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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