How to crochet Tunisian

Crocheting is not only a wonderful way to pass the time, but it also provides a sense of achievement when you transform yarn into something beautiful and practical.


Today, we’re going to dive into a project that combines the art of knitting and crochet: the Tunisian Knit Short Row Cardi.

This stylish and unique cardi stands out with its remarkable collar, elevating your crocheting game to new levels.

What is Tunisian Crochet?

Tunisian crochet is a captivating fusion of knitting and crochet, resulting in a technique that can produce a wide range of fascinating textures.

What makes this project even more exciting is that we’re going to use the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which mimics the look of knitted fabric at first glance.

Fear not, though! This method isn’t as complicated as it might seem.With clear instructions and a bit of patience, you’ll soon be a pro at crocheting short rows.


Materials Needed

Before diving into the project, let’s gather all the necessary materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn (approximately 1500-2500 yards depending on the size you’re making)
  • Tunisian Crochet hook in size L/8mm
  • Regular crochet hook in size K/6.5mm
  • Yarn needle

Please note that a 4” square of this project should have 13 TKS stitches and 16 rows.

Crafting the Tunisian Knit Short Row Cardi

This tutorial is written using US terms and has instructions for sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. It’s important to note that the width of the cardi should be slightly smaller than your bust size.

The following steps are only a portion of the tutorial:

  1. Starting off: Chain 94 to 172 stitches, depending on the size you’re making, and complete a Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) in each stitch to the end.
  2. Building the body: For rows 2 through 69 to 71 (again, depending on the size), do a Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) in each stitch to the end.
  3. Creating the right arm panel: This involves working on 20 to 29 stitches only, doing TKS in each stitch to the end for 20 rows, and then completing the panel with a slip stitch in each stitch across.
  4. Crafting the left arm panel: This is similar to the right arm panel. You’ll need to count 20 to 29 stitches from the left, attach the yarn, and follow the same steps as for the right arm panel.
  5. Working on the center/back panel: Here, you’ll attach the yarn, leaving a certain number of stitches unworked on both sides, and then complete the panel with TKS.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete the full tutorial. There are additional steps involving the continuation of the back panel, sewing instructions, and final touches which I was unable to retrieve in the given time.

Full Pattern: Here

Keep Going!

Remember that practice makes perfect. If this is your first time crocheting, don’t be discouraged if your first few attempts don’t turn out exactly as you’d like. Stick with it, and before long, you’ll be creating beautiful crochet cardigans that not only keep you cozy, but also add a unique, personal touch to your wardrobe.

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