Ahh, Tunisian. It’s like the bastard child of knitting and crochet. Like
knochet… critting … I guess we’ll stick with Tunisian.
Tunisian simple stitch combines all the solidity of crochet with the flat smooth feel of knitted fabric while creating a dual texture: woven-looking on one side and nubby (somewhat garter-stitch-esque) on the other. If you have never tried Tunisian crochet I highly recommend experimenting with it. If you need a good guide to learning it, check out this tutorial from the Crochet Spot.
The best crochet washcloth I ever made was with Tunisian Simple Stitch and a vintage terrycloth boucle yarn. I will never again crochet a washcloth that is not Tunisian stitch. That’s how good this thing is.
You don’t even need to run out and buy a special Tunisian hook, at least not for experimenting. I made that washcloth using a regular crochet hook with a wine cork jammed on the end. After all, the cork already had a hole from the corkscrew. What? Why are you looking at me like that?
I had some trouble locating a quick photo guide to increasing and decreasing in Tunisian simple stitch the other day, so I jumped to provide. The extended instructions are below. Hope it inspires you!
Both increases and decreases are made on the forward pass of Tunisian simple stitch.
After inserting the hook through the gap as shown, draw up a loop to keep on the hook as you would if you were working one of the vertical bars.
Continue to work the row as normal (make sure you don’t miss the vertical bar right after the increase!)
Decreases are placed by combining two vertical bars on the forward pass.
Insert the hook under two vertical bars at once.
You can also make a decrease in Tunisian simple stitch by merely skipping one vertical bar, but I don’t prefer this method. Enjoy
knitchet croshit … uh, stitching.