Afghan crochet- also known as Tunisian crochet. This is a hybrid mix of both knitting and crochet, and uses a specially styled crochet hook. These hooks are longer than normal, smooth all over and tend to have a stopper at the end to stop your stitches falling off. They can alternatively have a hook at both end, these hooks are normally for circular work.
I’m going to show you how to do the basic stitch- the same as used for my robots (which are coming along nicely 🙂 ). This stitch is called TSS, Tunisian simple stitch.
This wonderful diagram is taken from a vintage crochet pamphlet.
To start with, make a normal slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches- as you would with standard crochet.
Now work your foundation row, this also counts as your first row.
Row 1 forward: fig 1 Insert hook into the first chain space from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. * Insert hook into next chain space, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat from * across all stitches; making sure to keep all of your stitches on your hook.
Row 1 return: fig 2 Yarn over and pull back through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.
Row 2 forward: Note: The stitch on your hook counts as your first stitch. fig 3 Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar. Repeat from * to end bar. Here you are going to put your hook through the last vertical bar and the stitch directly behind it, yarn over and draw up a loop. fig 4 This creates a firm edge and stops your work from trying to pull to the right.
Row 2 return: Work as row 1 return. (Yarn over and pull through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.)
Repeat row 2 forward and return until you have your desired size. Then create your finished edge.
Finishing edge: Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar and stitch on hook- as though slip stitching. Repeat from * to the end.
Break off yarn.
I hope you have fun trying this lovely new technique 🙂