KatKnap Photo Tutorial: Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS)

Photo Tutorial (TKS)

The Tunisian Knit Stitch is abbreviated (TKS) and is indicated in a diagram by this symbol:

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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).

Front vertical bar (A) Reverse vertical bar (B)

Front vertical bar (A)
Reverse vertical bar (B)

Foundation Chain and Row

As with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, the TKS must begin with a foundation chain and a foundation row. 

Foundation ch of 10 for test swatch.

Foundation ch of 10 for test swatch.

Foundation row of a ch1 and 10 TSS. 

Foundation row of a ch1 and 10 TSS. 

Begin TKS Stitch

The Right Side of the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

The Right Side of the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

The Wrong Side of the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

The Wrong Side of the Tunisian Knit Stitch.

This may seem overly simplistic, but this stitch really is just a slightly modified TSS. 

Insert the hook between the front and reverse vertical bars, and yo on the opposite side of the work to pull up the loop.

Insert the hook between the front and reverse vertical bars, and yo on the opposite side of the work to pull up the loop.

As rows are worked, the forward pass should look like this.

As rows are worked, the forward pass should look like this.

Ch 1 to begin the reverse pass. The final loop of the forward pass should be pulled through the previous ch 1.

Ch 1 to begin the reverse pass. The final loop of the forward pass should be pulled through the previous ch 1.

The reverse pass is worked the same as in The Tunisian Simple Stitch. Yo, and pull through two loops at a time until one loop remains on the hook. 

The reverse pass is worked the same as in The Tunisian Simple Stitch.
Yo, and pull through two loops at a time until one loop remains on the hook. 

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.

This stitch would also begin with a foundation chain and a Tunisian Crochet foundation row.

This stitch would also begin with a foundation chain and a Tunisian Crochet foundation row.

The forward pass pulls loops from behind the work and still between the reverse and front vertical bars.

The forward pass pulls loops from behind the work and still between the reverse and front vertical bars.

The forward pass will look lke this.

The forward pass will look lke this.

The final loop of the forward pass is pulled up through the previous ch 1, and the return pass starts with a ch 1.

The final loop of the forward pass is pulled up through the previous ch 1, and the return pass starts with a ch 1.

The Right Side has the same ridges as the wrong side as the TKS.

The Right Side has the same ridges as the wrong side as the TKS.

The Wrong Side looks like the right side of the traditional TKS.

The Wrong Side looks like the right side of the traditional TKS.

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.

TKS and RevTKS worked in a ribbing pattern.

TKS and RevTKS worked in a ribbing pattern.

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.

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