A crochet stitch that looks like knitting? No way! Yes, way, babes! If you’ve been dreading learning how to knit, maybe now you don’t have to. The Tunisian knit stitch gives you all of the benefits of the iconic stockinette stitch, but made with a hook.
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If I’m being honest, one of the reasons I learned Tunisian crochet was to avoid having to learn how to knit. I first saw someone doing Tunisian crochet at a yarn convention. The fabric looked so much like knitting. I went home and tried what I now know is the Tunisian crochet Knit Stitch, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
The Tunisian crochet Knit Stitch is delightfully simple to make. Instead of inserting you hook under just the front bar like you do for Tunisian simple stitch, you insert your hook between the front and back bar of the stitch, pushing the hook toward the back of the work before you pull up a loop. The result is a dense, flexible fabric.
If you encounter a lot of curling (Spoiler Alert: You WILL encounter a lot of curling), consider going up on your hook size and plan to block your project.
Ready to try the sneak little Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch?! Grab your crochet hooks and watch this video:
Learn even more Tunisian crochet with these helpful videos:
- Tunisian Crochet for Absolute Beginners [watch here]
- How to Choose and Use Tunisian Crochet Hooks [watch here]
- 5 More Tunisian Crochet Stitches to Try [watch here]
Holiday Tunisian Sampler Blanket – Knit Stitch Square Pattern
This tutorial was made as a supplement to the Knit Stitch Square as part of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket. Find the full pattern to make your square below.
Join the Holiday TCAL 2020 event! This free crochet along to make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket runs from October to November 2020. Get full details in this blog post and join the fun!
Knit Stitch Square Pattern
*Get the printable PDF version of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket pattern HERE.
- Worsted weight yarn – color C
- 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook with 16″ cord
- 6mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
12 x 12 inches square after blocking
The gauge varies for each square of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket. Reference the starting chain stitch multiple to make adjustments to your square. All squares should measure about 11.5″ square before the border is added.
- 2sc = 2 single crochet in the same stitch (increase made)
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Lts = last Tunisian stitch (see Special Stitches below)
- RetP = return pass
- Sc = single crochet
- Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (decrease made)
- Sk = skip
- St(s) = stitch(es)
- Tks = Tunisian knit stitch
- Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts) – insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch
Work the Knit Stitch over any number of stitches.
To ensure that all squares of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket will join evenly, apply the Standard Border. All squares need to have 35 single crochet stitches on each size. This means you will have to increase the number of edge stitches in some cases, and decrease the number of edge stitches in other places.
- To increase the number of stitches along an edge, evenly place 2sc increases along the edge where needed.
- To decrease the number of stitches along an edge, evenly place sc2tog decreases along the edge where needed.
ROW 1: With C and 6.5mm corded hook, ch 37, pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, RetP.
ROW 2: Tks across to last st, Lts, RetP.
Rep Row 2 to 11.5′. My square had 41 rows total.
At the end of the last row, slip stitch in each vertical bar loosely to bind off. Do not cut yarn.
- Change to 6mm crochet hook and ensure the square is facing right side up.
- Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), single crochet 35 stitches evenly across the first edge of the square, placing increases and decreases where needed. At corner, ch 2 and rotate to work along the next edge.
- Single crochet 35 stitches evenly across the edge, placing increases and decreases where needed. At corner, ch 2 and rotate to work along the next edge.
- Repeat Step 3 for the remaining 2 sides. At the end of the round, join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet of the round. Fasten off and block your finished square to 12″ x 12″.
Click HERE to access stitch patterns for the other squares in the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket.