The Tunisian Purl Stitch serves a very specific purpose when it comes to crochet. This stitch looks almost the exact same as a knitted purl stitch, but it is indeed made using crochet. Learn how to crochet the Tunisian Purl Stitch with this tutorial!
Tunisian Purl Stitch
What distinguishes the Tunisian Purl Stitch (abbreviated TPS) from other Tunisian stitches is the placement of your yarn when you insert your crochet hook and how you pull up the loops. Unlike in “normal” Tunisian stitches, when crocheting the Purl Stitch you’ll bring your yarn to the front of your piece, then insert the hook into the vertical bar of said stitch. With a flick of the wrist, yarn over and pull that working yarn back to the back of the piece. You’ll now have a bar running horizontally for that stitch. Let’s walk through that together below.
When working Tunisian Crochet
Remember that Tunisian crochet is always worked like an old-fashioned typewriter. You’ll work your way all the way down the row (right to left), then reverse to work your way back to the beginning (left to right) in what is called the “backward pass”.
1. Chain any number of stitches.
2. Pull up a loop in the second chain from hook and in each chain to end.
For your backward pass, chain one to create the edge stitch (as in any other Tunisian crochet), then yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through two loops, repeating all the way to the beginning of the row.
First actual Tunisian Purl Stitch row:
3. Bring the yarn to the front of the piece. Insert hook under the vertical bar of the first stitch, bring the yarn back to the back of the hook, yarn over, and pull up a loop. Bring the yarn to the front of the piece again, insert hook under the vertical bar of the next stitch, bring the yarn back behind the hook, yarn over, and pull up a loop. Repeat this to the end of the row. In the last (end) stitch, go through both parts of the “v” of that stitch. You should now have as many loops on your hook as you do stitches.
4. For your backward pass, chain one, then yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through two loops, all the way to the beginning of the row.
To continue working the Tunisian Purl Stitch, alternate steps 3 & 4 until desired height is reached. While the Tunisian Purl Stitch isn’t the most fun to crochet, the good news is that it isn’t used too terrible often, and many times just to give more texture to a piece. This stitch is used in the Tunisian Honeycomb stitch, which is used in the Bee’s Knees Face Cloth pattern and in the Back in Brugge Beanie pattern!
Tunisian Purl Stitch Video Tutorial:
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I hope you enjoyed this Tunisian Purl Stitch tutorial, and I look forward to creating more with you soon!