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Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS) Tutorial

The Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps) looks just like purl stitches when knitting. If you're interested in learning the Tunisian Knit Stitch, check out the tutorial here.

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

For this tutorial, I chained 10 stitches. Work into the 2nd stitch from the hook, insert your hook, yarn over & pull up a loop. Keep all loops on your hook and continue across.

Now work a return pass.

Return Pass (RetP): Chain 1, then repeat *yarn over and pull through 2 loops*

After working the foundation row, you can start working the tps.

Forward Pass (FwP): To work this stitch, you need your working yarn in the front (just like in knitting) and then work a simple stitch inserting your hook into 2nd vertical bar and pulling up a loop. Repeat across.

Cast off: To cast off, you will insert your hook into the first vertical bar with yarn in front (as you've 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. 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. I actually ordered 2 sets to use as a circular double ended hook. Knitter's Pride has larger hooks but they are sold separately.

There are double ended straight hooks for knitting with 2 colors at the same time. These are great for working with 2 colors (and in the round).



Here is a quick video demonstrating the Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS)


Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS) Tutorial




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