It is tricky to make a Tunisian crochet glossary. Why? Because Tunisian crochet terminology is not as standard as for regular crochet or knitting. This is a bit problematic in the sense that the same stitch can have different names, and different stitches can be called by the same name.
Nonetheless, here below you’ll find a list of common terms and abbreviations in Tunisian crochet, in French and in English.
Short Tunisian crochet glossary
|FR terms||FR abbreviations||US terms||US abbreviations|
|rang / passage aller||aller||forward pass||FwdP, FwP|
|rang / passage retour||retour||return pass||RetP|
|point simple||pts||simple stitch||Tss, TSS|
|point tricot||ptt||knit stitch||Tks, TKS|
|point arrière||pta||reverse stitch||Trs, TRS|
|point plein||ptpl||full stich||Tfs, TFS|
|torse||torse||twisted, twisted up, |
|torse inversé||torse inv||twisted down||twdown|
|point envers||env||purl stitch||Tps, TPS|
Always keep in mind that designers, authors, editors are free to use the names they like to describe Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques. Always read the descriptions provided in patterns and books with utmost attention.
As an example, the twisted simple stitch can be twisted in 2 different directions, by rotating the hook clockwise or counterclockwise. It may seem like a detail but you really get 2 totally different results. So if you twist your stitches in the opposite direction compared to what is intended in the pattern, you’ll get another texture. That may look equally beautiful, but still different from the original stitch pattern.
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