Stitch Gallery 1

This is my gallery for standard tunisian crochet stitches and stitch combos.

There are multiple names for many of these stitches and multiple stitches for many of these names.
If you’re working from a pattern, you should look on the pattern-maker’s forum on Ravelry for what they mean.

Also, I like my fabric tightly-knit,
so I often use smaller hooks (I through K) than others.

Foundation stitches

More foundations

even more

Reverse Stitches


Arrows and Friends

Chain Top Stitches
Chain Tops

More Chain Top Stitches
Chain Top Knits

YO-Top Stitches
YO Tops

More YO-Top Stitches
YO-Top Knits

Split YO-Top Stitches
Split YOs

2-YO Top Stitches (mostly)

26 responses to “Stitch Gallery 1

  1. Now all I have to do is practice … thank you for this info, even if just for my own ‘eye candy’!

  2. Bev

    I like the stitches that you posted. Is there somewhere they can be found with a more thorough explanation?

    • That varies, depending on the stitch. Some of them have blog entries that give more detail. With most of them, I’ve tried to describe them with my notation, but that needs improvement.

      The notation (and much of the rest of the blog) started as a way for me to keep track of what I’d already experimented with and what I learned.

      I’m still trying to figure out how to make the info more accessible to others.

  3. Bev

    Oh, that is so much easier for me to understand. Thanks!!!!!!

  4. oliver

    Thanks for your work here!

    Quick question: When you have more than one item in parenthesis, does it mean that we should pull a loop through each one? For example in the Bird Tail stitch, do you pull a loop through HFrt and VFrt separately, or do we put the hook through both HFrt and then VFrt and then pull a hoop through both together? I hope this make sense.

    Thanks again–this site is great!


    • Thanks for the question!
      It’s hard to figure out how to make stuff clear.

      I’ve changed the name of the Bird Tail stitch to the K-FrtBar because, like all the Ks, you pull a single loop though one of the horizontal bars and the front vertical bar.

      This produces a stitch that’s more K-shaped an often a bit twisted (slanted). It also secures the return chain, to make a flatter, denser fabric that tends to look neater in the back (especially in the case of the K-TopKnot).

      I should warn folks that the K stitches are tough to do with large (bigger than K size) hooks. For worsted weight yarns, I tend to use J-K for the basic stitches and H-J for the stitches that are extended upwards.

  5. EmmyWemmy

    Wow I just joined the Tunistan Group on Ravelry, and stumbled across your post much to my surprise. Thank you so much from a newbie to tunistan!!!! There are so many stitches to learn…’ve opened a whole new door to crochet I’ve never tried. I appreciate it 😀

  6. glen petrie

    You are a great at coming up with new stitches; there is a knit pattern/stitch called the cross stitch (see: Some of your pattern come close to this stitch but I would really like to have a crochet pattern that produces the same look. Have you ever created such a pattern or would you be willing to come up with the pattern.


  7. Sky


    First off awesome work on documenting all this!

    For Drawloop(Space,-Space)

    Am I inserting the hook into the next space and back out via the previous space? (the one where I have done the previous stitch in?) or the next space (where I would normally make my next stitch)

    Also, for Bn and Bc, am I correct in assuming that Bn is poking my stick all the way through the fabric from the back and out to the front. While, Bc is picking up the stitch from the back but keeping my needle in the back?


  8. Ahah!
    The Drawloop(Space, -Space) should have been replaced with Drawloop(Post) everywhere it occurred, but I missed a couple of places. Plus I never added “Post” to the Notation page. Sorry about that!

    All you do there is hook behind both vertical bars back to the front and pull a loop. In hindsight, probably this should be Drawloop(VFrt & VBckBar).
    Does that make more sense?

    And for the 2nd question, yes Bn is meant to be the reverse of Knit and Bc is meant to be the reverse of K.

    Please do keep asking questions, this is a work-in-progress and probably contains more mistakes here and there.

    • Sky

      Thank you!

      The Bn/Bc is much clearer for me now.

      I like Drawloop(Post) its like what you would see in a crochet pattern for front post and back post stitches.

      I have been making swatches and attaching cards to them with instructions, I am converting to your notation now, cause half of them I have no clue 20 minutes later on what I did!

      Thanks a million!

  9. Lesley

    Oh! I am so glad I found this (via Pinterest). Thank you for posting this!!

  10. Marie

    I am new to tunisian crochet and have used a few of the basic stitches. I love the bag stitch but am having problems understanding the instructions. I would appreciate your help. Thank you 🙂

  11. I’m afraid I have not done that one in a long time and have not revised it properly into my new notation.

    I’ll look into it and post instructions sometimes soon–I could use another bag or two.

  12. Cassie

    Wow! This is an impressive collection of stitch explanations. Thank you for doing this! Now I need to practice. 🙂

  13. SM

    It took me awhile to figure out on the Reverse Knit-BckBar that you’re bringing the yarn to the front (which is what creates those chunky “V”s that go across the stitch). It would be important to note that, because this would be different from traditional “reverse” stitches (like reverse simple stitch, as an example). You’re basically purling it but you don’t mention it at all.

    • Yes, there are some challenges here and I haven’t fixed things for a while.

      My original thought was that you need to hold the yarn forward when you are reversing any stitch where you hold the yarn towards the back. That way the reverse stitch looks like the back of the original stitch.

  14. Cynthia Burns

    I don’t understand the abbreviations used to describe the stitch. Could I get a little help please.

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