Free Tunisian Stitch Pattern from The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein

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Remember the surprise I promised you in my post about The New Tunisian Crochet book? Well here it is … I received permission to share this Free Tunisian stitch pattern with you all!

Isn’t it beautiful?

Free Tunisian Stitch Pattern

Tunisian stitch pattern and diagram from The New Tunisian Crochet (2013) by Dora Ohrenstein, p. 47. Reprinted with permission from Interweave Press.


  • fwd = forward
  • rtn = return
  • patt = pattern
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sk = skip
  • lp = loop
  • Tps = Tunisian purl stitch
  • rep = repeat

Stitch 7

Note: Instructions are for fwd pass; work basic rtn pass throughout patt (see Glossary).

Multiple of 4 plus 2 sts.

Work basic foundation row (see Glossary).

ROW 1: *Sk next vertical bar, draw up lp in next vertical bar, draw up lp in skipped bar (Tunisian crossed st made), 2 Tps; rep from * across, draw up lp in last bar.

ROW 2: Work 2 Tps, sk next vertical bar, draw up lp in next vertical bar, draw up lp in skipped bar; rep from * across, draw up lp in last bar.

Rep Rows 1—2 for patt.

Tunisian Stitch Chart

And here is what I worked up with it. Some more colorful kitchen decor!

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36 Responses to Free Tunisian Stitch Pattern from The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein

  1. Weaver Birdie April 16, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    It is very very pretty! I love the color combo as well! I must try this pattern! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. linda April 16, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    It’s a beautiful pattern Kara wish I could understand it, I must try and make time to learn 🙂

    • lyn April 29, 2016 at 12:21 am #

      Linda, it is pretty easy to learn! I watched a YouTube tutorial video…that really helped! Fun to do! Good luck!

  3. Debbie April 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Very pretty pattern. I have a question for you. I’ve tried Tunisian crochet a few times and the top and bottom always curl like crazy. Yours looks so perfectly flat though. What am I doing wrong?

    • Missed Stitches November 14, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      She may be putting her second row of stitches into the back loops of the base chain.

    • Kara November 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      You aren’t doing anything wrong … Tunisian is notorious for curling. You can try to combat it a few ways: a larger hook size, blocking, and a crochet edging. Hope that helps!

  4. Marilyn Clark April 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Kara, this is a gorgeous stitch pattern! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. Lauren April 26, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Looks great. I’ve seen this a few times and have always been curious to try it. Was it hard to learn to do?

    • Kara April 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Not at all. It was actually really fun 🙂

  6. Tanya April 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    i love how tunisian doesnt look like crochet or knitting, and it makes the mind boggle as you try to work it out!

    • Kara April 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      That is why I love it! It feels as natural to me as crocheting, but yet you can get such a different look 🙂

  7. Carol May 28, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    I tried this stitch over the weekend and loved it. It takes a bit of time to do so I will make some dishcloths with this stitch later this summer.

    • Kara May 28, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      So glad you liked it! It is one of my favorites 🙂

  8. lorena December 28, 2013 at 1:06 pm #


  9. Lorena Frano January 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Thank you.. lov e it BEAUTIFUL STITCH

  10. Debra April 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks for the link to the basic tutorial! Gotta try this!

    • Kara April 25, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

      Good luck!

  11. Brittney June 5, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    So pretty! This reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream topped with whipped cream… What brand of yarn is this? =D

    • Kara June 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      Thanks so much, Brittney! It’s Lily Sugar & Cream.

  12. Lisa June 20, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Kara! I have one question for you….what kind of stitch is: Tps???? It says to work 2 Tps.

  13. Diana May 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm #

    This pattern looks amazing and I would love to try it, but I don’t understand the stitches. Are you able to put up the glossary so that I can work out the stitches?

    • Kara May 18, 2015 at 9:34 am #

      I added an abbreviation key to the post … hope that helps 🙂

  14. Laurel December 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Have you ever tried patterns 32 – 34? One is the daisy stitch with TSS rows in between & the Wheels with TSS in between. The only videos I’ve found are done by a Turkish lady but she does the stitches very fast!!

    Regards Laurel NZ

  15. Phyllis Gudgalis January 2, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    I have tried this pattern and am fine until I get to the next row. Then I either lose stitches or gain stitches. When I try to do the tips whe the row below is the cross stitch I get lost. Please help.

    • lyn April 29, 2016 at 12:25 am #

      Phyllis the one thing you have to remember on the 2nd return is to skip the first stitch and put up the second. Than on the other end, picking up the two rims from the last row and again dropping one than dropping two. Hope that helps!

  16. Rachel BP March 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi ! Starting with Tunisian Crochet, I realise that there are two stitches that people tend to invert (and by now I’m not sure who is right and wrong !) : TPS and TRS. One of them is worked with the vertical bar BEHIND the work, and the other is worked just like the TSS but with the yarn in the front of the work. Both are called “purl” by some and “reverse” by others. I just wonder what one is used in this pattern when you say “TPS” so that I end with the right result ! You can answer just with “yarn in front” or “bar behind” and I’ll get it ! Thanks a lot for sharing this pattern, I have the intention to do a large version as a blanket for my baby due in the next month 🙂

    • Kara March 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

      The Tunisian purl stitch as used in this pattern is done with the yarn in front. Hope that helps 🙂

      • Rachel BP March 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

        Thanks, it’s exactly what I needed to know ! Can’t wait to try it !

  17. spierdalaj May 31, 2016 at 11:48 pm #

    You revealed this terrifically!


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