New stitches: Tunisian Purl Stitch

I learned quite a few Tunisian stitches last weekend, but I’m going to share this one first because it solves the curling problem!

I give you the Tunisian Purl Stitch! *cue Hallelujah Chorus*

It’s basically the same as doing the simple stitch, but you start off with the yarn in front of the hook rather than behind it.

The only awkward part I’ve found is that my first attempts were super tight so when I came to use them on the next round I couldn’t get the hook through. One solution (shown in this here video) is to hold on to the yarn with your thumb while you yarn over, which keeps it from pulling up tight.

(Side note: I never knew people said TOO-NEE-SHUN. I always say TYOO-NIZ-EE-UN.)

The magic is that just one row of this purl stitch at the start of my work stopped the curling entirely!


See, this is the start of my sleeve. You can see the bumps on the front, that’s the purl row, and the rest of the cuff is simple stitch, and it’s not curling at all.


I’m assuming (but haven’t actually tested) that a piece made entirely of purl stitch would curl the other way, and it’s the balance between the two directions that keeps it straight. But making something entirely out of purl stitch seems silly to me when simple stitch is less fiddly, so I’m going to purl one or two rows at the start of my Tunisian pieces and then carry on as normal with other stitches.

I’m so excited about fixing the curling problem! Is that weird? Is anyone else as happy about it? Please let me know in the comments!



17 thoughts on “New stitches: Tunisian Purl Stitch”

  1. Hannah, I’m just happy for YOU! 😊 I just had an a-ha moment with my first beaded project, so I know that feeling. That stitch is so pretty. I have always pronounced it too-nee-shin. Potato, potaaato. 😏

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  2. I’ve recently added a new way to solve the curl problem to my repertoire. I start with a row or two of some other traditional crochet stitch like single, half double, double crochet or even something like the star stitch. I work it into the design and I end the piece the same way. It’s not the only way I do it now but I felt that same aha! moment. I love that you found a cool way to solve the problem. 🙂

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      1. I switch back and forth all the time. Especially when making my phone cases. Let’s say I start off my project with a row(s) of single crochet, when I get to the end I turn the work. When I’m ready to do another row, I pick up loops instead and then proceed with Tunisian. If I want to switch after I’ve been doing Tunisian, I do it after I’ve done the return pass. You know how you do a slip stitch to bind off your last row? Instead, I bind off with sc, hdc, or even dc. If you want to switch back to Tunisian, you have to do another row of regular crochet so that when you pick up loops again it’s on the same side as the rest of the Tunisian. The only tricky part is making sure you always have the same amount of loops and stitches.


          1. Imagine you have a row of single crochet and you’re ready for your next row. You already have a loop on your hook. Instead of doing another row of single crochet, you would go through the stitches to pick up your loops just as you would from a starting chain. Once you have all your loops, you can do a return pass like normal in Tunisian. And then keep going in Tunisian.


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