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Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket – FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Want to learn some new Tunisian crochet skills? Try your hand at the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket, a free 20-block crochet sampler afghan pattern featuring plenty of exciting stitches and techniques!

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GET THE PDF PATTERN

Purchase a printable PDF version of the Holiday Tunisian Sampler pattern here: PATTERN PDF

ABOUT THIS BLANKET

It’s no secret – I’m nuts about Tunisian crochet. I love learning stitches, trying new techniques, and experimenting with different tools. Since I started my Tunisian crochet journey, the number one question I’m always asked is, “I’ve never tried Tunisian crochet. How do I get started?”

The Tunisian Holiday Sampler is my answer to that question! I wanted to design something that engaged both determined novices and experienced makers by combining different techniques and stitch patterns into a single masterpiece.

I’ve always thought that sampler blankets are a hidden gem in the maker community. Most of the patterns are really well done, and you can practice a new technique in an easily digestible way. For the Tunisian Holiday Sampler, each of the 20 unique squares brings you one step closer to mastering this exciting skill.

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BLANKET MATERIALS

I’m excited to partner with my friends at Lion Brand for the yarn used in the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket Pattern. I used Lion Brand’s Pound of Love, which is a massive 1 pound skein of 100% acrylic, CYC level 4 – worsted weight yarn. I used 4 different colors to help the stitches in each square come to life.

Get the Tunisian Holiday Sampler all-in-one kit from Lion Brand HERE.

Here’s a breakdown of how much yarn I used in each color:

  • Color A (shown in Succulent). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 350 yards total.
  • Color B (shown in Taupe). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 300 yards total.
  • Color C (shown in Elephant Gray). I needed 2 balls of Pound of Love and used about 1155 yards total.
  • Color D (shown in Oxford Gray). I needed 1 ball of Pound of Love and used about 1005 yards total.

Yarn Color Combinations

Choosing the right yarn at the beginning of the project will ensure that you love the end product. I chose one main color, then added in three neutrals. Play around with your personal style to come up with a four-color combination that you love. Here are some other options from the Pound of Love collection:

Frosted Dreams: Succulent (A), Taupe (B), Elephant Gray (C), and Oxford Gray (D)

I Heart Fall: Pumpkin Spice (A), Taupe (B), Elephant Gray (C), and Oxford Gray (D)

Holiday Cheer: Cherry (A), Hunter Green (B), Taupe (C), and Oxford Gray (D)

If Pound of Love isn’t your jam, or you don’t have access to these yarns at your local store, any comparable worsted weight yarn in the yardage mentioned above should do. Here are some options I recommend:

Crochet Hooks

To make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler, you’ll need three different hooks:

  • 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook with a 16″ cord
  • 6.5mm traditional crochet hook
  • 6.0mm traditional crochet hook

The 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook is used to make all of the squares. In this case, you can use a straight or a corded hook. Straight and corded hooks are available in inexpensive sets on Amazon or you can find them sold individually. Click herehere, and here for some that I’d recommend. If you’d really like to indulge, grab a Furls Tunisian crochet hook. They’re a little pricier but they’re the best straight TC hooks I’ve found online. Click here for details.

The 6.5mm crochet hook is used to slip stitch seam the squares together, and the 6.0mm hook is used to crochet the border. Find individual hooks and sets on Amazon (get the 6.5mm here and the 6.0mm here), or get these hooks from wherever you source your yarn.

Notions

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Here are the last few supplies you need to make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler:

  • Scissors [LINK]
  • Tape measure [LINK]
  • Tapestry needle [LINK]
  • 1 locking stitch marker [LINK]
  • A cable needle -or- a 6.5mm interchangeable knitting needle tip (optional) [LINK]
  • Foam blocking mats [LINK]
  • A steam iron or garment steamer [LINK]
  • T-pins [LINK]
  • Knit blockers (optional) [LINK]

Blanket Size:

65″ x 54″ after blocking

Gauge:

Gauge will vary with each square. Pattern for each square include a starting chain multiple – adjust as needed to meet the finished size. All squares should measure 11.5″ or 29cm square before the border is added.

Abbreviations:

Special Stitches:

  • Bobble (bo): (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch as for Tunisian knit stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook) 5 times, yarn over, pull through next 5 loops on hook.
  • Cable 4 Back (C4B): Tunisian knit stitch the next 2 stitches, transfer two loops onto a cable needle and hold stitches toward back of work, Tunisian knit stitch next 2 stitches, place 2 held stitch back onto Tunisian crochet hook, drop cable needle.
  • Camel stitch (cam): half double crochet in 3rd loop of next stitch.
  • Long Tunisian front post double crochet (LTfpdc): yarn over, insert hook under front and back vertical bars of the stitch 2 rows below, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.
  • Last Tunisian stitch (Lts): insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch.
  • Return Pass (RetP): chain 1, (yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook) until only one loop remains.
  • Tunisian simple stitch 2 together (tss2tog): insert hook under the front vertical bars of the next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop through both stitches (decrease made).
  • Tunisian simple stitch 3 together (tss3tog): insert hook under the front vertical bars of the next 3 stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop through all three stitches (decrease made).
  • Extra long Tunisian front post double crochet (XLTfpdc): yarn over, insert hook under front and back vertical bars of the stitch 3 rows below, yarn over, pull up a loop, chain 1, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.
  • Yarn under (yarn under): bring yarn to front of hook as for Tunisian purl stitch, hold yarn to hook against the hook with your index finger before completing the next stitch. 

Pattern Notes:

  • Complete the Return Pass (RetP) as written unless otherwise instructed in the pattern.
  • Numbers in parentheses at the end of some rows indicate the total number of stitches in that row.
  • Portions of this pattern are written in crochet shorthand. For example, “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, while ”2sc” means to place 2 single crochet in the next stitch (increase made).
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PART 1: CREATE THE SQUARES

Begin your Tunisian Holiday Sampler by crocheting each of the 20 blocks in the blanket. Find individual blog posts on how to crochet these blocks using the links below. Be sure to add a border to your squares – find details on adding the border in this video.

PART 2: ASSEMBLY + FINISHING

Find the finishing tutorial video HERE.

Layout

Use the grid below to lay out the squares of your blanket. You can change the layout to your desired configuration before seaming.

Assembly

With the right sides of squares facing in the layout of your choice, use the 6.5mm hook and color D to slip stitch seam all squares together, working in the back loops only. Weave in all ends.

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Border

Round 1: With the 6mm hook and color C, join with sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, hdc in same st as join, hdc across to next ch-2 sp, placing 1 hdc in each sc and hdc2tog over the chain spaces of neighboring squares, *(hdc, ch 2, hdc) in next ch-2 sp, hdc across to next ch-2 sp, placing 1 hdc in each sc and hdc2tog over the chain spaces of neighboring squares; rep from * around, join with a sl st in the first hdc of round and cc to A.

Round 2: Ch 1, cam in same st as join, cam across to next ch-2 sp, *(hdc, ch 1, hdc) in ch-2 sp, cam across to next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, join with sl st in first hdc of round and cc to B.

Round 3: Rep Round 2 and cc to C.

Round 4: Rep Round 2. Fasten off.

FINISHING

  • Weave in all remaining ends.
  • Steam block finished blanket, paying close attention to the seams and border.
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51 Comments

  • Reply Marlene Tapley

    Hi! Love this 😀, can you tell us what the finished size will be?

    September 18, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Sure thing! The finished blanket will be about 64″ long x 54″ wide.

      September 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Shelley T

    Toni, I’m attempting to get most of the yarn from Joann’s since Lionbrand.com is out of stock already. Will your videos be available after the Holiday CAL2020 is over, in case I’m still waiting for yarn?

    September 18, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      I need something close to elephant grey

      October 5, 2020 at 9:34 pm
      • Reply Toni L.

        That color has been a little tough to find. Lion Brand’s Elephant Gray is back in stock, though.

        October 9, 2020 at 9:11 am
  • Reply MW

    Yep, same here. The Lion brand store on Amazon says the Taupe listed will be back in stock on Oct. 8, and I’m hoping to see if there are good substitutes you’d recommend.

    Cannot wait to get started! This is going to be good.

    September 19, 2020 at 6:01 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      If you’re prefer another yarn, most yarn lines have something similar. I know Red Heart has Red Heart With Love and Super Saver. There’s also Caron One Pound. Yarns like that make great substitutions in this pattern.

      September 19, 2020 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply Devi

    Michael’s carries the Pound of Love brand. I purchased all my yarn there and took advantage of their sale – Buy 2 Get 1 Free, sale.

    September 20, 2020 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Gina Bowman

    I love Tunisian crochet. I was going to make a baby blanket one year for the fair and used a nice soft baby yarn. There was no…integrity to the stitches. The yarn was so soft the design was barely there.

    I have a Hobby Lobby and a Walmart that I can buy yarn from. Is there a specific yarn that will hold the designs well but still feel wonderful?

    September 21, 2020 at 1:25 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! For this pattern, I used a smooth worsted weight yarn. So I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby or Red Heart Super Saver from Walmart would work. Both yarns get incredibly soft after you wash them 🙂

      September 23, 2020 at 7:38 am
      • Reply Gina L Bowman

        I got Yarn Bee Soft and Sleek Low Pill Fiber yarn in Dark Gray, Light Gray, Brownie, and Sea Blue.

        September 29, 2020 at 9:27 am
        • Reply Toni L.

          That sounds like a beautiful palette. I can’t wait to see how your blanket works up 🙂

          September 30, 2020 at 8:15 am
          • Lisa

            Can’t wait❤️

            September 30, 2020 at 11:17 am
  • Reply miri

    I ended up buying Herrschners’ brand yard because I was having so much trouble finding yarn in colors my mom and I liked that she could afford. I’m hoping the yardage translates properly and I did the math right. I’m really looking forward to this as I’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with Tunisian crochet.

    September 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Susan

    I’d be interested in doing this in a cotton option as we are heading into summer here in Australia. Does Lion Brand have anything that might work? I’ve not used their yarns before

    September 26, 2020 at 3:51 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Susan! I haven’t done a blanket this size in cotton, so it’s tough to say. Their Pima Cotton could be a good choice, as could 24/7 Cotton. Again, I haven’t made a blanket with either of these yarns, so these recommendations are just a guess. There may be something you prefer in your local shops. Swapping out to a yarn you’re more familiar with will likely ensure that you’re happy with the end result.

      September 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Teri Starks

    I’m a new Tunisian crocheter. Is this going to be too challenging?

    September 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I talked a little about this in the blog post, but the short answer is yes it will be challenging, but NO it will not be *too* challenging. This is a chance for you to try something new and stretch outside your comfort zone. There will be written patterns and tutorial videos for each technique as we go along.

      September 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply Laurie

      I was reading through the comments and was going to ask the same thing. I’ve never tried the Tunisian crochet but this pattern is so beautiful. Not sure about giving it a try if it’s too advanced for me.

      October 6, 2020 at 12:49 am
      • Reply Toni L.

        I have faith in you! With the tutorial videos and the helpful communities on Instagram and Facebook, we’ll all support each other 🙂

        October 9, 2020 at 9:09 am
  • Reply Rhonda Tollenaar-Huffman

    i can’t wait I’m new to tunisian but loving what I have learned

    September 29, 2020 at 11:42 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      It’s going to be a fun ride! I can’t wait to start 🙂

      September 30, 2020 at 8:16 am
  • Reply Shelley T

    When you say, “Videos will go live on Monday” do you mean the tutorial will be a live event or the videos will be posted on your blog for us to access and begin stitching?

    October 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply Marialaina N.

    Hi! I only have a 14 inch fixed tunisian crochet hook 🙁 I am trying to find/order a 16inch but everything that isn’t in a set is sold out, and I already asked for a set of interchangables for Christmas. Do you think 14 inch fixed is long enough? Super looking forward to learning TC through this!!

    October 5, 2020 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      A 14″ fixed hook should be just fine for this. The finished squares are 12 inches, so you should have plenty of space on your hook for your loops 🙂

      October 5, 2020 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Will your tutorial videos remain on YouTube after the CAL is officially over? I’m helping my mom learn and it may take her 3 years to complete this but she’s determined. Your videos help so much.

    October 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! They sure will – the tutorial blog posts and videos will stay up forever. Sending all of the encouragement and good vibes to you and mom. She can do it!!

      October 9, 2020 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Gertrude

    Hi! Should all the squares for each week be the same color?

    October 5, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! The recommended color of each square is listed in the pattern.

      October 9, 2020 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Gwen Saner

    Finished Bias square. Is there a standard border video?

    October 6, 2020 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! There isn’t a video for the standard border, but the instructions are listed with each stitch pattern 🙂

      October 9, 2020 at 9:07 am
  • Reply KC

    I’d like to know if we can buy just one pattern for one of the squares (the tree pattern)? I’m a beginner and know I can’t do this whole project (even though I broke my foot and have nothing else to do besides crochet), so seeing if I can master just one would be really helpful while. I’m grateful youtube can slow down videos–you stitch FAST! Thanks for teaching the Tunisian!

    October 10, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi KC – thanks for your message. I do not offer the PDF patterns of the individual squares, only the full PDF with each of the squares. But, in the PDF, the patterns are on their own pages.

      October 10, 2020 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Ellen Jung

    First I want to tell you how much I am enjoying this project. I have never tried tunisian crochet and I love it! I got the email with the updated pattern, but can you tell me which pages have updates. I don’t want to print the entire project again. thank you!

    October 11, 2020 at 1:21 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the project 🙂 The only pages you should reprint are the Home Square and the Lacy Shells Square. No other changes were made 🙂

      October 12, 2020 at 8:18 am
      • Reply rhonda huffman

        I never got my email with the update where do I find it

        October 12, 2020 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Rachelle P.

    Hi Toni! If we buy the PDF, will the Intarsia option be included? I haven’t tried it before and it looked interesting. Thanks!

    October 12, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! The PDF version only lists the stranded colorwork technique, as that’s what I used in the original sample. But you can use the same concept to work your square with intarsia instead of stranded colorwork.

      October 12, 2020 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Gwen Saner

    I love this pattern SO much! I can’t crochet to save my life (I’ve tried to teach myself numerous times), but I can knit the basic handful of stitches and I have made a Tunisian crochet Star Wars blanket (using the stitches used in the HOME square). I was hesitant to buy the pattern for fear of not being able to do it but your patterns are so detailed and consistent. The videos? OMGOSH. You are the best teacher ever! I’m on my 8th square, the lattice stitch. I’m making this one for my mom for Christmas and I already have more yarn purchased to make a 2nd blanket for a dear friend in CA for Christmas as well. I’m pleased as punch and already thinking about what colors I want to use for my blanket. 😃 THANK YOU SO MUCH! Too much fun.

    October 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Murleen L Ray

    Toni, Will you be teaching how to do celtic cables in crochet (regular or tunisian)? Your work is exceptional and it would be so helpful to learn from an expert!

    October 19, 2020 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I don’t have any plans to teach Celtic cables, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind. Thanks for the idea 🙂

      October 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Jana

    Hi Toni, I am wondering why not every stitch has a tutorial? They are all not linked. Is there a place to find them, ie; the bobble stitch etc?
    Thanks in Advance!

    October 19, 2020 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Jana

    Oh Duh, I figured it out. It’s because that week hasn’t been released yet. I’m so impatient!!
    LOL

    October 19, 2020 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Michelle D Goring

    Love your tutorials! I am thinking of doing this crochet along to learn more about Tunisian crochet that I’ve marveled over since subscribing to your channel. My daughter purchased Inspirations Bernat velvet yarn for me to crochet a blanket for her some months back. Will this weight 5 work for this Tunisian project? I’m also going to view your video on choosing the Tunisian crochet hook for me. Thanks!

    October 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! I’m so excited to hear that you want to try the crochet along. Using the velvet yarn might prove to be quite difficult. It’s a very fiddly yarn to work with and it doesn’t like to glide on the hook. It also has a very prominent texture that might interfere with several of the stitches in the blanket. I’d recommend a smooth, worsted weight yarn for this project, something like what was used for the original sample.

      October 22, 2020 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Kate Jones

    Hey Toni!
    Wondering if you have a tutorial up on how to do the individual crochet borders (as in, around each square – not the main border around the entire blanket). I know most can probably do the regular crochet stitches – but I’m not too sure on them nor how to do them as a simple border around each individual square.
    Thanks so much – loving the CAL – wish I came across one in lockdown!!! 🙂
    Cheers, Kate

    October 25, 2020 at 2:44 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! The tutorial for doing the individual borders will be part of the finishing video, available early next month. If you’d like to try learning the stitches ahead of time, search for how to single crochet and how to single crochet 2 together on Youtube 🙂

      October 26, 2020 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Shabnam

    Hi Toni,
    I am very new in crocheting and only know the common/basic stitches. So I need to practice a lot but most yarns that I buy doesn’t seem to be suitable for the project that I have in mind. Would it be possible for you to suggest some affordable and more common yarns and what they could be used for. In this economy, it hurts to spend money unwisely:-)I am sure there are lots of people out there like me who’d love to crochet but have no clue what type of yarn to use. For example, I would love to try some of your beautiful shawls but either I don’t have access to those you used or it is a bit out of my price range. I understand that this is a huge request with everything that is on your plate and it is completely fine if you don’t have the time for it . Thank you for all the tutorials, instructions and all the other goodies that you share.

    October 27, 2020 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Shabnam! Thanks so much for your message. I totally understand where you’re coming from. Choosing a good, value priced yarn can be tricky. It a big topic to dive into, but it’s certainly something I’ll make note of for a future blog post or video 🙂

      October 27, 2020 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Vicki

    So just starting and having trouble with circle in square. Any videos on this block. Sorry, I got started very late and I am slow.

    October 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi! The Circle in Square pattern just went live today. You can find the video HERE.

      November 2, 2020 at 5:42 pm

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