Tunisian Simple Stitch Dishcloth

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In todays tutorial, I’m gonna show you to do this dish cloth just like this. This is the Tunisian Simple Stitch. This is part of the learn Tunisian hosted by Mikey Today we’re going to show you how to do this dishcloth and then if you want you can also do some cross stitch work in order to make really cool patterns just like this. Music playing. Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well as Yarnspiration.com I’m your host Mikey. Today we’re gonna lean how to do a simple stitch dishcloth and you can see that the dishcloths are all kinda different and when you use variegated yarn especially in the cottons just like so, you end up with a really neat look, just like this. So this is the same thing but done in variegated yarn. What we’re going to doing today is covering the basics of doing a simple stitch in order to help learn the process of doing Tunisian and uh, if you want this is the embroidery version and there’s a graph on the particular pattern that you can use. And the information is in the more information in this link of this video. So what we have is what the back looks like and and you can see the front side of our project. If you want both sides to be identical then I’d recommend doing a double one of these and then just sewing it together, so that both front sides are on, on the , on opposite to each other if you don’t like the back look of your particular project. Either way you do it, its still a great way, and you’ll realize how fast these are to make too so even if you don’t wanna do the embroidery, this pattern will still work for you, because the sizing is just perfect. To do today’s project, you’re just gonna need one ball of Lily’s Sugar “n Cream to make it happen. Now you’ll notice on the ball band that it’s recommending a 5 mm crochet hook, or a size “H” Now what you’re going to be noticing is that on the Tunisian pattern and we talked about this in the introduction of the Tunisian series is that we have to move up a crochet hook, so afghan hook in size in order to make it work. So you need a size “J” today or a 6 mm in order to make it happen and an afghan hook just like this in order to do it. You can’t use a regular crochet hook for this particular method as the dishcloth is way to long and needs to be on the entire hook in order to make it work, so if you have a regular hook you’ll run out of hand space and then it will fall off the other side anyway. So let’s begin to do the casting on process. To begin we’re just gonna create a slip knot just like you regularly work with crochet. We’re gonna insert our afghan hook in and we just simply wanna treat this like a regular crochet at this point and according to the instructions we simply have to chain twenty-six remember this never counts as one. So we’re just gonna yarn over and pull through, so 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26 So there is our chaining of twenty-six to start with just like you regularly would and and now lets begin the Tunisian process. For this entire dishcloth we’re gonna be using the simple stitch technique. This is known as TSS, so you’ll see that in the patterns for this particular one. So we have to go from second chain from the hook, so 1 and 2 and then we simply turn over that chain and go into the back loop only and insert in. Okay, and we and we grab the yarn and we pull and leave it on to the hook moving it down to get the actual thickness of of the shaft, so we don’t wanna leave it down here as it will be a different thickness. Move it down so it just gets the right amount of yarn We simply, once we do the first back one, the next one will just be jump’n up right in front of you and we yarn over and just start collecting on top of your crochet hook, just like this. And we’re moving all the way down. By going on the back loop only what happens is that it helps reduce the amount of curl. There will be because this is gonna have a little bit of tension. You never want your dishcloth thing really loosey, goosey. You want them somewhat tight so you can scrub those dishes and get them sparkling clean. If you don’t even have a dishwasher (chuckling) but you know, of course me, you know we do have a dishwasher, we do need dishcloths, we go through quite a bit of them. You don’t realize until laundry day. So we’re just gonna collect them just like this, and I’m going all the way down. So we technically by the end of it we should have a total of twenty-six of these loops as we collect. So you can see as we are collecting more, my hand is kind of shifting backward so I’m not grabbing onto those strands. If you have big projects you can kinda go over the top of them if you wish but I don’t like to do that. Its not a preference for me. Especially on a project size, its not necessary. And its like knitting needles in some way you can kinda compress them all onto the hook in order to make it easier there to manage. So we’re collecting across and remember this is the Tunisian Simple Stitch that we are going to be doing. And this is something you do in front of the TV easily. So we come into the last one Just like so, and we’re ready then to go back. So with the Tunisian we always just go back and forward, we never turn our project around. We just continue to go back and forward So, go back into where we came, we have to yarn over and pull through one loop only, so we’re just chaining one, and then wrap the hook and pull through two. And then yarn over and pull through two. And we do that all the way back. And I’m kinda using my, this hand here to kind of pull it off the hook. So its a slightly a different motion than crochet in some way But is has a really neat look to it. I’m just yarning over and pulling it through two. We’re just gonna do this each and every time. There’s no bells or whistles on this particular project for doing anything complicated. This is the basics of getting started with Tunisian. Okay, so I’m getting all the way back, and I’m gonna show you how to get started on the next row. So you’re going to want to continue to do this same instructions until this gets into an eight inch height if you wish or you can just continue to use the ball, up too. So we’re gonna start off in the next row and how we do it is that you can see the first verticals, right here some people think they need to go into that, you need to go to the second one over and just, into the vertical, right into behind the vertical strand going up you can see that all the vertical strands are here and we just slide it behind it and yarn over and pull through. Okay, so go into the next vertical that you see, go in behind it, just one strand, yarn over and pull through. And we’re just collecting. Okay, and that’s all you’re just gonna do in this simple stitch and it really is simple. You’re going to notice that your work is gonna curl, that is normal. get a little bit bigger as they get bigger you’re gonna notice more and more of a curl and then eventually the project will get a nice size like within an inch or two and then you’ll notice the the curl will not be in your face any longer and it will be moot further down in the project. Now, if this twists around the hook like this part of the project I don’t worry about it. Its just, you know, its just what it is. So we’re goin’ to continue just the simple stitch all the way through. So you can kinda see, it’s kinda wrapping around the hook a bit over here. Its no big deal, I’m not even worried about it. You don’t worry about it until you get to it. And eventually, when you work your way back, anyway it’s gonna settle down on it own anyway. So, going all the way across. So here’s what we need to do when we get to the final part, is that we need to make sure that we handle this edging on this side properly each and every time. Okay, so you’ve got two stitches left. I’m gonna go into this behind this vertical, so what we have to do then, it this one here, we don’t ever just go into one vertical we make sure we go into the actual chain space there. you’ll see two strands on top of your hook, yarn over and pull through both of those. That’s the only way you won’t have any unsightly gaps on the other side. To return back to where we came from, again, yarning over pulling through one loop for the very first time, and then yarn over and pull through two for the remainding. So going backward is always faster than going forward because there’s really not a lot to think about. And you’re going to notice that your project is gonna start doing a lean to it. That’s a normal characteristic per what we talked about in the very beginning. When you go to block it, this particular one here, pattern you don’t have to do a border to it, but you can simply if you wish. Drop your hook back down to the recommendation of the size 5 mm size H, and then just chase the outside with a single crochet border if you wish. If you use the same size hook that I’m using right now, is the border will look all ruffled and not consistent and that’s because Tunisian has a tighter tension than regular crochet and so if you go do a regular crochet techinque all the way around with this bigger hook it will show. So let’s begin again. So, I’m gonna just show one more time and then and I’m gonna show you how to cast off. Immediately we just skip the first one right on the edge and go to the second. Right in behind the vertical strand. And you just start collecting all over again. So yarning over and collect. You will get used to using this particular hook. It’s a little bit of a technique getting used to it, but looks amazing once you get it going. Okay, so continue to do that and I’ll meet you in the back and I’m gonna show you again on the other where we have to go, and then I’m gonna show you how to do the cast off process when you’re done, the height that you want for your particular project. When you come to the final edge you just gonna make sure that you’re getting this last one here before, okay, so the final edge here, we don’t just go into one strand we always make sure we always go into the two, its a chain there and pull through first and then to return, yarn over pull through one and then yarn over and pull through two all the way back. So do that all the way back and continue with your project and when I come back in just a moment I’ll show you how to do the casting off process and to finalize it at that time. Let’s begin to do the fastening off. Now if I stop right now and I’m on this side of the project and what’s happening is that you’ll see you have an edge where you have massive hole through it. Okay, so that means its not proper so when we fasten off we have to be on this side. So to do that we have to do a cast-off process. So what we are going to is that, we’re gonna to start off like the simple stitch going into the next vertical and pulling it through and through. Okay, go into vertical and pull it through and through. Essentially you’re making, you’re, fastening and making you’re way back to the other side in a regular format. And what this is doing is its changing it from being a hole from being filled in, as you can see. So it’s pulling up on the strings, shifting that extra yarn down in-between to hide that particular hole. And that’s how you will do the fastening off process or casting off process for most of your Tunisian work. Okay, so do that all the way across and we’ll come back, I’ll just fasten off and then I’ll just cover the basics on doing the cross stitch if you wish to do the pattern as seen. When you get to the other side essentially you just want to go into the vertical strands, and then on the very end just like you would be regularly, you go into the chain and then pull through and through. And now you can fasten off and weave in your ends, and you can see that the edging on top and the bottom actually looks consistent by doing it that way. So that’s how to do the fastening off process. So lets begin to do the review for actually doing the embroidery. In the pattern, it actually has a diagram on what you can follow when it comes to it. So here’s the stitching diagram You can actually put your own patterns too. So if you wish to just do up your own chart you can do your own kind of ideas just like this. So let’s be able to do that and I’ll show you that in just a moment. So to begin, what happens, is that the simple stitch looks like a grid. If you really just break it down with your eyes you can actually physically see you have the points of a square. So all it says is that their doing embroidery following the diagram. Just like you see. Here’s what the back looks like. It’s not the prettiest thing but that’s the point of this whole creativity, is that you know this is a one sided project. So if you want to have this on both sides, all you just need to do is do another particular panel like this and just sew it around the edges and then just, you’ll have the double thickness but both side will appear to be completely done. So you can see is just regular cross stitching. Just like this and it comes to a really neat look. Now there is no border on this particular one, its just right from where we started. It probably has been blocked. So it’s probably been wet and laid flat and just pushed down. You may have a curl to your particular project. But if you do that, blocking, then it will probably set flat, just like you see here. So if you do want to have a border all you just need to do is reduce your hook back down to size “H” or 5 mm, and just simply go into each of the stitches you see on the edges. and on the tops just like so all the way around and just chase it. On the corners you will want to put three single crochets so you can do the corners. I think I have another example where I’ve done that. Here, so this is done with a variegated yarn, just like there. So you can see that I’ve just chased the borders with just a single crochet, putting in three single crochets there and it provides a really nice look too. So it’s up to you. This is what the back looks like, at this particular point if it variegated so it looks just as attractive, and this is just how you do the simple dish cloth in the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Until next time, I’m Mikey, on behalf of Yarnspirations as well as thecrochetcrowd.com, see ya.


S Singanamala

Jul 7, 2015, 2:57 pm Reply

can we knit this stitch? if yes please suggest me youtube tutorial….


Jul 7, 2015, 9:04 am Reply

Thank you, Mikie! I've been wanting to learn this stitch for quite some time and while left handed, your video was the most comprehensive I've found. Lots of fun. After the first row, it was easy and fun!

Audrie Siegel

Jul 7, 2015, 2:27 pm Reply

try the color,  Pink Camoflage, by Lilly ,       Sugar and   Cream.   Beautiful!!!!

Le Pew25

Jul 7, 2015, 6:12 pm Reply

Really like them & on my 3rd one.  What are the measurements of the ones in video of length & width? Thanks

Le Pew25

Aug 8, 2015, 5:12 pm Reply

What is the size of the washcloth ?  Where is the instructions to check on size? Thanks. Guess Mikey does not reply to comments,  don't see any replies from him. Only one helping is Audie Siegel, thanks you.

Le Pew25

Aug 8, 2015, 4:36 pm Reply

Guess we can not ask Mikey questions here, he does not get on to reply. I found the pattern instructions. I know we can make the washcloth any size we want, but it's good to see the size with written pattern. For those who want to know, the pattern says 8 inches, other than the 26 single crochet to begin across.

Le Pew25

Aug 8, 2015, 4:45 pm Reply

Videos are good, just too bad at end of sentences his voice goes too low in some. Most instructors do not.


Sep 9, 2015, 3:40 pm Reply

It looks easy but the thing is I don't have a crochet hook

VyAnna. – Good – Slavens

Jan 1, 2016, 3:32 am Reply

Glove your videos! Easy to follow and informative…Thank You😄

Mega MindyLou

Mar 3, 2016, 3:52 am Reply

How did I miss all these Tunisian videos? 😢 playing them all to catch up!


May 5, 2016, 1:17 pm Reply

This is very easy to do so Thanks for the tutorial!

Vesta Hagan

Jun 6, 2016, 2:12 pm Reply

Mickey I have looked in my area for the crochet hooks and all I can find is 5.0 mm hook where can I find all the crochet hooks thank love all your video easy to follow along with you

F Agustin

Jul 7, 2016, 3:32 pm Reply

Thanks for your tutorial videos. I learned very much from watching your crochets and other tutorial videos:).

Sarah Johnson

Aug 8, 2016, 1:49 am Reply

Can you make a large afghan using the Tunisian stitch?

Marige OBrien

Sep 9, 2016, 3:03 pm Reply

You are such a great teacher, Mikey! You explain everything SO clearly! I've watched others and– OM Goodness! Well, they just remind me of what a great teacher you are. 🙂

Penny Snyder

Nov 11, 2016, 10:09 pm Reply

is that easy make that flower

Penny Snyder

Nov 11, 2016, 10:11 pm Reply

this there website for that flower

Rosie Osburn

Nov 11, 2016, 1:39 am Reply

now that I have got the basket weave stitch down , I'm gonna try this stitch, thank you Mikey

Kathy Hlinak

Mar 3, 2017, 8:41 pm Reply

Didn't finish. How do I cast off?

Robyn Simpson

Sep 9, 2017, 7:22 pm Reply

where is the flower cross stitch pattern?

Alennys Martinez

Oct 10, 2017, 9:35 pm Reply

I have looked everywhere on the link on how to make the flower stitch but I can't find it.

S Thorne

Jan 1, 2018, 4:17 am Reply

Thank you! I love Tunisian crochet and especially love patterns you can work while watching a movie.

Wild Flower

Jun 6, 2018, 5:21 am Reply

First time and I really like this thank you !

Nancy McCaffrey

Sep 9, 2018, 4:27 pm Reply

Thanks Mikey. I really appreciate the time you take to teach us. You are a great teacher
Happy Stitching

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