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!