[SIZE=18px]Hello everyone! Today we explore the Tunisian Full Stitch![/SIZE]
[SIZE=16px]A video tutorial for TFS is available from TL Yarn Crafts HERE.
The Tunisian Full Stitch creates a thick fabric with a woven look that can’t be attained with any other form of crochet. When completing a 2-row repeat in TFS, the pattern may be called the Mesh Stitch or Goblin Stitch. It does have moderate to heavy curling effect which can be lessened with lighter tension and blocking.
TFS is made by inserting the hook between each set of vertical bars that make up the stitch from the previous row and pulling up a loop between those stitches. Note: each stitch is made up of a front and back vertical bar.
TFS has a natural diagonal bias if each row of stitches is made in the spaces between the stitches of the previous row. To balance the project, an offsetting 2 row repeat is required. If you don’t compensate for working into the spaces, the work will slant towards one side, and grow by one stitch per row. Double check your stitch count often.[/SIZE] [HR][/HR]
[SIZE=16px]Written instructions for TFS:
Begin this & nearly all Tunisian projects with a Foundation Row:[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Create a chain[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px](1) Insert your hook into the back bump of the second chain from the hook.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px](2) Yarn over and pull up a loop. Leave that loop on your hook.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Repeat steps 1&2 across the row. This is your "Forward Pass". Don't turn your work.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Yarn over and draw through one loop only. (Yarn over and draw through two loops.) Repeat () to the end. You should have one loop on your hook.[/SIZE]
TFS with a single ended hook.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px][B]Row 1[/B]: Skip first vertical bar directly beneath the loop on the hook, insert your hook, from front to back, in the space between the 1st & 2nd stitches, draw up a loop. Continue pulling up loops in this manner until you reach the space before last stitch, skip last space, TSS in the last stitch.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px][B]Row 2[/B]: Skip first vertical bar directly beneath the loop on the hook, insert your hook, from front to back, in the space between the 2st & 3rd stitches, draw up a loop. Continue pulling up loops in this manner until you reach the last stitch, TSS in the last stitch.[/SIZE]
Continue making Forward & Return passes to your desired length.
Bind off row.
There are only a few times when the bind off isn’t necessary. It typically isn’t needed for most lace designs since that would close up an otherwise lacy project.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Binding off starts just as you would any other row. Insert your hook as you would for TSS.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Yarn over and pull up a loop. Continue pulling through the loop on the hook. You're only doing a slip stitch, just like any other slip stitch in regular crochet. Repeat across the row to the last stitch.[/SIZE]
- [SIZE=16px]Last stitch - insert your hook under both vertical bars of the last stitch (it should look like a v on the outer edge of the work) and finish the slip stitch. Chain 1, cut the yarn and pull through the loop to fasten off.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=16px]TFS with a double ended hook. - Working in the round
Using a double ended hook produces the same stitch definition as working flat with a single ended hook, but gives you the ability to work in the round. TFS in the round produces a thick, woven look fabric for scarves & shawls.[/SIZE] [HR][/HR]
[SIZE=16px]Below are some examples of TFS. See the photo captions for descriptions.[/SIZE]