Tunisian knitting, also known as Afghan knitting or Tunisian crochet, is a type of crochet that creates a dense, textured fabric that looks like knitting. Here's a step-by-step guide to get started:
- Choose a Tunisian crochet hook. These hooks are longer than regular crochet hooks and have a stopper at the end to prevent stitches from falling off. You may also want to choose a hook that's slightly larger than what you would normally use for the type of yarn you're using, as Tunisian crochet tends to create a denser fabric.
- Make a foundation chain. To start, make a chain of the desired length. This will be the foundation for your first row.
- Work the forward pass. To begin the forward pass, insert your hook into the second chain from the hook and pull up a loop. Continue this process across the entire row until you have one loop on your hook for each chain stitch.
- Work the return pass. To work the return pass, yarn over and pull through the first loop on your hook. Then, yarn over and pull through two loops at a time until you have one loop left on your hook.
- Repeat the forward and return passes. Continue repeating steps 3 and 4 until your work reaches the desired length.
- Bind off. To bind off, work a normal return pass, then insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook. Continue this process across the entire row until you have one loop left on your hook. Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull it through the last loop on your hook to secure.
- Weave in ends. Use a tapestry needle to weave in the ends of your yarn to the back of your work.