How Many Tunisian Crochet Stitches?

I was recently asked on my Facebook Page (please feel free to visit and like the page here) about the total number of stitches in Tunisian crochet. Honestly, I think it could take me forever to come up with a definitive response and I still wouldn’t get them all.

Now, keep in mind that this list only includes “stitches”. I’m not talking about stitch patterns. Things like Seed Stitch and Honeycomb Stitch, etc. are combinations of stitches, not actual stitches.

Let me just do a quick rundown of stitches, off the top of my head. It won’t be long before you see why trying to put a number to the different stitches is next to impossible.

6 primary insertion stitches (where you place the hook to pull up a loop):

Tunisian Simple Stitch
Tunisian Reverse Stitch
Tunisian Knit Stitch
Tunisian Purl Stitch
Tunisian Full Stitch
Working into horizontal bar only (there is no name)

Twisted Stitches. I have videos for twisted stitches on my channel for:

Twisted Simple
Twisted Purl
Twisted Knit

All the twisted stitches can be twisted in either direction, making double the number. And, you can twist other stitches as well, making it even higher.

These are other stitches which can be worked as for any of the insertions making them actually 6 different stitches in 1. For instance, the Tunisian Double can be worked with an insertion of reverse, simple, purl, knit, etc.:

Tunisian Double
Tunisian Extended
Tunisian Double Extended
Tunisian Bobble (there are countless numbers of bobbles just like regular crochet)
Tunisian Treble

With regard to the Purl Stitch, it is actually just a wrapping of a stitch. See my Tunisian Purled Knit Stitch video. The primary Tunisian Purl Stitch is actually just a “wrapped” Simple Stitch. Keeping that in mind, you can wrap just about any other stitch meaning that everything above is now doubled, but who’s counting? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, thatโ€™s just the tip of the iceberg. There are many, many more. I couldn’t possibly list them all here or even in a book. I’ve even omitted a few which came to mind while writing this post. I could probably go on forever so I decided to stop. ha!

The task of coming up with a number would be far too daunting. I prefer making up stitch patterns anyway and, the proof is in the pudding with my Tunisian crochet stitch dictionary. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Blanca Gonzalez

    Where can I get the Tunisian crochet stitch guide?

  • Laurel

    Hi Kim

    I have recently come across a Tunisian Entrelac Baby Blanket pattern by Shari White which is published in Crochet World Magazine June 2011. It has crochet wheels & the gaps are filled in with TSS entrelac. Problem is I cannot find a Video anywhere that demonstrates how to do it!!!
    There is a stitch in Dora Oberstein’s book New Tunisian stitches which I bought & found a similar stitch pattern. I also bought Dora’s Video that goes with the book but she did not do THAT STITCH on the video!!
    How do I go about asking them to do a video on their versions of that stitch?

    Kind regards Laurel NZ

    • crochetkim

      I don’t know, to be honest. I know that not all designers are readily-available and not all designers have the ability to provide videos. You may want to go directly to the publisher (the publisher of Crochet World is Annie’s) and ask them for help. As the publisher, they are the first choice many times for help, especially when a designer isn’t readily-available. They purchase the patterns with the understanding that they will handle customer service. I couldn’t be more available when it’s one of my own patterns. But, that’s not always the case with all designers.

  • Rita

    Why did you only number your stitches in the book instead of giving them a name on each one? I was puzzled by that one…LOL

    • crochetkim

      I don’t see the point in naming my stitch patterns. I name the stitches themselves, but I don’t understand this obsession with giving names to stitch patterns. If I have three different books and the stitch pattern is named three different things, is it really helpful? Naming stitch patterns started over 100 hundred years ago solely to identify the pattern in a book. For instance, if there was a blanket called Derbyshire Baby Blanket, the instructions stated to locate the Derbyshire stitch pattern at the front of the book. It wasn’t meant so that Derbyshire is now the name of the stitch pattern forever. It was just a reference for that book. Then people started naming stitch patterns like they name their children. Not only do I think it’s unnecessary, but I don’t know that I could come up with that many names. And, then you can be sure that someone would email me, freaking out because they have a book and the stitch pattern was called something else. I just don’t need that kind of stress.

  • Marny

    I’ve got your book(s) so can practice anytime …

    One thing I would add to how many stitches there are:

    It depends on how many mistakes I make. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Jeannie

    Can you recommend some good Tunisian crochet hooks?

  • Gloria Grandy

    Kim: I received your book (Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide) as a gift from a dear friend. I create 8″ square for a charity called Knit-a-Square South Africa, and Tunisian Crochet produces a nice thick fabric to be used in the blankets for the children. By following the stitch patterns in your book, I am able to make lovely warm, textured, and multi-colored squares. Thank you, also, for your tutorials. I have shared the link with many of our Square Circle Forum members as there seems to be great interest in learning this technique. Your videos tutorials are so informative and wonderfully easy to follow. Thank you!

  • Marny CA

    Kim, you’re so right about the number of stitches. I have practiced and wound up making up stitches that looked pretty good, but first getting the basics down pat would be more productive.

    I think about knitting – and, basically, it consists of learning to Cast On, knit, purl, Bind Off.

    Toss in being comfortable holding two needles and practicing whatever way you were taught as far as which hand does what.

    Throw in a Yarn Over and a Decrease and Increase … and, of course, Practice.

    I bought most of your books – and still haven’t practiced enough.

    Thank you!!!

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