Photo Tutorial (TKS)
The Tunisian Knit Stitch is abbreviated (TKS) and is indicated in a diagram by this symbol:
Reanalyzing The Tunisian Simple Stitch
The knitted look of the TKS is created by inserting the hook between the front vertical bar (A) and the reverse vertical bar (B). The hook must be inserted so that it separates these two pieces of the stitch and comes out behind the work to yarn over (see below).
Foundation Chain and Row
As with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, the TKS must begin with a foundation chain and a foundation row.
Begin TKS Stitch
This may seem overly simplistic, but this stitch really is just a slightly modified TSS.
Bonus Stitch: The Reverse TKS (RevTKS)
The Reverse Tunisian Knit Stitch is not an "official" Tunisian Crochet stitch to my knowledge at the time of this post, but it's a technique worth learning.
Design Tip: Ribbing
The reason that both of these stitches are worth perfecting is so that the same coveted knitted ribbing (that can't quite be replicated in traditional crochet) can finally be easily incorporated into crocheted designs.
This ribbing is created by working alternating rows of Tunisian Knit Stitch and a Reverse Tunisian Knit Stitch. Try different patterns for different looks. Pictured above is a 2:2, two rows of TKS and then two rows of RevTKS, repeated. Other popular combinations are 2:3 and 3:3.
Did you find this tutorial helpful?
Have you tried knitting before? I would love to hear from you!