Photo Tutorial (TSS)
The Tunisian Simple Stitch is abbreviated TSS, and it shown in a diagram like this:
The Phases of Tunisian Crochet:
Before we go much farther, it is important to note, that Tunisian Crochet is worked in two phases.
The first phase is your forward pass (A), or the pass where you are picking up loops to reserve on your hook for the second phase.
The second phase is called the reverse pass (B), and in this pass, you are yarning over your hook to grab the yarn and pull it back through the loops that you have reserved on your hook from the forward pass. This reverse pass will complete a stitch.
Anatomy of the Stitch:
The Anatomy of the Tunisian Simple Stitch can essentially be broken down into two parts, the most prominent being the vertical bar (a) that is this stitch's signature. Then, there are horizontal loops (b) that lay behind the vertical bar.
A Strong Foundation Chain:
Finally, this tutorial and all other stitch tutorials that I do will assume that you know how to create a foundation chain. If you don't, that's okay, just check out this super short video to learn!
Chain the appropriate number of stitches for your pattern or project. For this swatch,
I created a chain of 10.
When you pull up loops, you will be pulling yarn through the Back Loop Only (BLO), and you will skip the first chain, beginning to pull up loops in the second chain from your hook.
First Forward Pass
First Reverse Pass
This is your foundation row. Here, our ch1 counts as our first stitch, and then our tenth stitch remains attached to the remaining loop on the hook.
Forward Pass Again
From this point forward, your forward pass will pull up loops from the vertical bar of the stitch.
Reverse Pass Again
The reverse pass is just as before.
Bonus Tip: Count your vertical bars to count your rows.