Learn the Tunisian Crochet Purl Stitch with this easy to follow step by step tutorial.

In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to crochet the Tunisian purl stitch. You will oftentimes see this stitch worked in combination with other basic Tunisian crochet stitches to form more interesting patterns. It can also be used along the edges of your project to reduce the typical curling that comes with Tunisian crochet.

If you have never tried Tunisian crochet before, I recommend starting out by reading my beginner’s guide to Tunisian crochet. You’ll learn what tools you need, how to make a foundation row, the Tunisian simple stitch, and how to bind off.

The Tunisian purl stitch is worked with your yarn held in front, rather than in back much like a knitted purl stitch. It feels a little clunky and fiddly to start out with but once you get used to manipulating the yarn in front of your work it becomes easier.

Materials and Information

-You’ll need some yarn and a Tunisian crochet hook. Pick a hook size 1-2mm bigger than the hook recommended on the yarn label

-This tutorial assumes knowledge of how to do a foundation row of Tss (Tunisian simple stitch)

Lts (last Tunisian stitch): insert hook under both bars of last stitch, yarnover, pull loop through. This gives you a nice clean edge.

Curl: There is little to no curling present in this stitch

Abbreviation: Tps

Materials I am using:

Tunisian Purl Stitch (Tps) Tutorial

Forward Pass

Tunisian Foundation Row

Step 1: Start with a foundation row of Tss (any number of stitches)

Step 2: Move yarn to front, I like to use my hook for this

Step 3: Insert hook under vertical bar from right to left

Step 4: Yarn over (back to front)

Step 5: Pull through the vertical bar. You’ve made your first Tunisian purl stitch!

Repeat steps 2-5 across the row. End your row with an Lts (see notes above or video tutorial)

Return Pass

You will work a standard return pass. Yo, pull through 1 loop. *yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, repeat from * across.

Now you know how to do the Tunisian purl stitch!

Want to practice this stitch? Try this Honeycomb Stitch Dishcloth

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