I had an epiphany–I realized that I wanted to use smaller hooks for a neater effect. …Unfortunately, the work does tend to curl more when you do that. The simple stitch, for example, folded back on itself in only 5 rows.
So I set out on a search for stitches that I could do using an I hook and my Red Heart yarn. Picture of the two of them, together:
Discovery #1: the X Stitch (#63 in 101 Easy Tunisian Stitches) can be used to keep other stitches flat
The X stitch:
With the Simple Stitch:
With the Knit Stitch:
I also found that some nice stitches did stay fairly flat (see pictures below).
The Extended Simple Stitch (#7 in the book and B/ayo in my notation):
This also looks acceptable from the back:
The stitch I’m now calling the Bird Tail Stitch (oops, not actually #100 in the book, but still B/acy in my notation):
And this one also looks really nice from the back:
Also, the Twill Stitch is surprisingly flat (which is #84 in book and B/y(2a)y(2L) in my notation):
I’ll be doing some massive revision to my pages next. I need to correct some mistakes that I’ve discovered and I hope to set up a stitch gallery.