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Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) Tutorial

The Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) looks just like knit stitches when knitting. It is a lot thicker than a knit stitch though. I personally would knit this if I wanted to knit look. It's great if you wanted your project dense and thick though.

If you don't know the basics, check out my Tunisian Cast On and Tunisian Simple Stitch posts!

After working the cast on or foundation row, you can start working the TKS.

Forward Pass (FwP): To work this stitch, you need to insert your hook through both of the vertical bars and through the back. Again, we never work on the very first edge stitch. Start your first TKS in the 2nd stitch.

Repeat the tks across to the end. Don't forget that you always work into 2 loops at the last stitch.

Return Pass (RetP): Then you work the return pass back across by chaining 1, then repeat *yarn over and pull through 2 loops*

Once you crocheted the size to your preference, You can Cast off (check out blog post here). Check out the Tunisian Cast off post here! I think it's pretty similar to a regular knitting cast off/bind off. And if you're used to crochet terms, it's working "slip stitches" into the vertical bars across.

Cast off: To cast off, you will insert your hook into the first vertical bar as you have been doing and pull up a loop. Now, you want to pull through the loop on your hook as well. You no longer want to keep all the loops on your hook.

Repeat the steps for casting off until the end and fasten off. Weave in ends.


Here are some Tunisian Hooks available. I own all of these (except the aluminum ones). The Bamboo ones will warp if not stored flat. Mine were in a cup (standing up) and warped over time! My favorites are the Interchangeable sets. I like that the Denise interchangeable set come in larger sizes. Knitter's Pride has larger hooks but they are sold separately.

There are hooks that have a "Hook" on both ends for knitting with 2 colors at the same time. I haven't gotten into that just yet!



Here is a quick video demonstrating the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS)


Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) Tutorial




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