Photo Tutorial (ETSS)
You've mastered The Tunisian Simple Stitch. It was exhilarating to learn a new crochet skill, and then you put your skills to the test with the Tunisian Simple Stitch Fingerless Gloves pattern. You're hooked, so now what? A reasonable next step, is the Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch (also sometimes called the Tunisian Extended Stitch).
The Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch is abbreviated ETSS, and I was unable to locate a symbol used to denote this stitch in a diagram.
A misunderstanding that I have witnessed across the internet is mistaking the Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch as an alias for the Tunisian Double Crochet. This is not so! The Tunisian Double Crochet will be covered in a separate post, but know for now that these stitches are not interchangeable!
What's The Difference?
The first major difference between the ETSS and the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) is the almost-inconspicuous little loop at the bottom of the vertical bar. This loop is created by working a chain on each stitch during the forward pass of the stitch. The second major difference is this: at the beginning of each reverse pass for the ETSS, there will be a chain 2 as opposed to the chain 1 that is created during the reverse pass of the TSS. The final difference between the ETSS and the TSSis that immediately following the reverse pass, there is then a chain 1 to start the next forward pass.
The Foundation Row
Next Forward and Reverse Pass
The only difference between how the foundation row and the following rows are worked, is that for the remainder of the project, the stitches would be created by pulling up loops from behind the vertical bar.
Those simple changes to a Tunisian Simple Stitch create a more flexible fabric with the Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch.