How to Crochet the Tunisian Stockinette Stitch

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

Tunisian stockinette stitch (also known as knit stitch) is a common variation of basic Afghan stitch. Tunisian stockinette looks like rows of crocheted Vs nesting in the row below. As with any kind of Afghan stitch, you begin Tunisian stockinette with a foundation row made of basic Afghan stitch.

1Chain 16 stitches for your foundation chain.

Because Afghan stitches require you to pull loops up through existing stitches, you need to start with a foundation row.

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2To work the first half of the foundation row, insert the hook in the second chain (ch) from the hook.

Begin counting stitches from the stitch directly below the loop on your hook.

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3Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through the chain stitch.

You should have two loops on your hook.

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4Insert your hook in the next chain and repeat the preceding step in each chain across the foundation chain.

Your hook is now loaded up with loops. This is known as drawing up the loops. You should have 16 loops — one for each chain stitch in your foundation chain. The first half of your foundation row of basic Afghan stitch is complete.

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5To work the second half of the foundation row, yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.

Work with only one loop in this step.

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6Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.

Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. Your foundation row of basic Afghan stitch is complete. (This single loop on your hook will become the first stitch of the next row.)

7To begin the first row of Tunisian stockinette, insert the hook between the front and back strands of the next vertical stitch.

Insert the hook from front to back.

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8Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the stitch.

Repeat Steps 7 and 8 across the row to the next-to-last stitch.

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9Insert your hook under the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row.

Be sure to get under both bars.

10Yarn over and draw the yarn through the stitch.

You should have 16 loops on your hook.

11Work the second half of the row by yarning over (yo) the hook and drawing your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.

Be sure to work with only one loop.

12Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.

Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook. The first row of Tunisian stockinette stitch is done!