Learn How To Do The Tunisian Reverse Stitch

Learn How To Do The Tunisian Reverse Stitch
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The 4th stitch in the Learn Tunisian Series, the Tunisian Reverse Stitch (TRS) is here!  While this stitch starts out a bit awkward, the second row and onward are super easy.  As always, I have written instructions, photo tutorial, and video tutorial all in one post!

To work the Tunisian Reverse Stitch, insert the hook into the vertical back bar from the wrong side of the fabric and pull up a loop.  The last return row will tilt forward and form little knots, which to me, looks like upside-down, backward single crochets!  Crazy, right?



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 TRS (in the back bar), end with a normal edge stitch.

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

Click the button below to go to the Ravelry store and use the code: TRS at checkout to get the PDF for free for the month of May 2021.

Click here to go to the pattern download and enter the code

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