Learn the Tunisian Full Stitch with this complete photo and video tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home!
The Tunisian Full Stitch creates a beautifully dense fabric with lovely drape. The stitches reach down into the row below creating a really lovely and unique stitch. This stitch is also known as the Tunisian Mesh stitch and I can certainly see why!
Tunisian Full Stitch details
If you are not yet familiar with Tunisian crochet, the Tunisian Full Stitch is a great place to start! Tunisian crochet is often considered a combination of crochet and knitting. This is because it uses a crochet hook, but requires you to hold all of your stitches (or loops) on your hook in the same way you do in knitting. For this reason, you’ll need a long crochet hook or a hook with a cable attachment to accommodate the number of stitches in your Tunisian crochet project.
Tunisian crochet involves a forward pass and a return pass where the work is never turned, and you are looking at the Right Side (RS) of your project the entire time. The forward pass and return pass are counted as one row.
For the Tunisian Full Stitch you insert hook between the vertical bars which makes this stitch so very easy!
Since this stitch creates a more dense fabric, I would recommend using a larger hook than your yarn weight recommends. This will provide add a little more drape to your fabric.
The Tunisian Full Stitch is a 2-row repeat. The reason for this is that if you were to insert your hook and pull up a loop between all the stitches you would be increasing a stitch each row. So, you will need to skip a stitch for each row in order to keep the same number of stitches. And, in order to make sure your edges are even you will want to skip the stitch at the beginning of the row for one row and then the last stitch for the next row. Otherwise, you will not have straight edges.
Basically, if you work between the first space for a row you will skip the last space of that row and alternate those for each row.
I have a complete video tutorial provided for you if you need any help with this stitch. I am also providing details for how to change colors while working this stitch as well. This will help you with 2 brand new upcoming designs I am releasing in the next couple of weeks. This stitch is really spectacular worked in two colors and if you change colors before your return pass and pull yarn back into your work no additional ends to weave in! I have the video tutorial provided here on the blog but you can also find it on YouTube. (Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video).
As an FYI, the Tunisian Full Stitch does have a tendency to curl at the foundation and binding off areas of the project. You can make allowance for that curling by blocking, adding a border or sewing ends together.
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Tunisian Full Stitch written pattern instructions
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Lion Brand Heartland Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic) 5 oz / 251 yds
- Capitol Reef (Color A)
- Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion 4/Medium (100% acrylic) 3.5 oz / 109 yds
- Flushing Meadows (Color B)
Size K (6.5 mm) Tunisian crochet hook
ch = chain
tfs = Tunisian Full Stitch (see special stitches section below)
st = stitch
sk = skip
yo = yarn over
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
Chain any number of chains for foundation chain.
Tunisian Full Stitch (tfs):
Forward: *insert hook through space between vertical bars and pull up a loop,* repeat from * to * to last st.
Return: yo, pull through 1 loop, *yo, pull through 2 loops,* repeat from * to * to end (1 loop left on hook).
End stitch: insert hook into edge st, pull up the last loop.
Note: Work all rows with RS of work facing.
Time needed: 10 minutes
- ch 28 (or number of chains desired)
- Row 1 (foundation row): (RS) pick up a loop from back bump in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, leaving all loops on hook. Return. (28)
- Row 2: tfs in each st to last st, sk last st, work end st. Return.
- end of row 2
- Row 3: sk first st, tfs in each st to end, work end st. Return.
Continue repeating rows 2 – 3 to size desired.
Bind off row: sl st in each vertical bar to last st, work end st as sl st.
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