Purl stitches

There is not one but several purl stitches in Tunisian crochet. A stitch is called “purl” when you bring the working yarn in front of your work before inserting your hook into the fabric. Then, the working yarn goes back behind your work before you make a yarn over and you pull up a loop.

There is more fabric to the front of the work compared to when you do not purl the same stitch. This plays a role in the fight against curling.

Tunisian purl simple stitch (Tpss)

It is done exactly like the Tunisian simple stitch, except that, before inserting your hook into the fabric, bring the working yarn in front of your work. Then insert your hook under the front vertical bar. Bring back the working yarn to the back of your work. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

See the photo below for the swatch I’ve done. The video further below is in French.

Tunisian purl simple stitch
Tunisian purl simple stitch

Tunisian purl knit stitch (Tpks)

It is done exactly like the Tunisian knit stitch, except that, before inserting your hook into the fabric, bring the working yarn in front of your work. Then insert your hook in between the front and back vertical bars of a stitch, from front to back, through the fabric. Bring back the working yarn to the back of your work. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

See the photo below for the swatch I’ve done. The video further below is in French.

Tpks
Tunisian purl knit stitch

Tunisian purl full stitch (Tpfs)

It is done exactly like the Tunisian reverse stitch, except that, before inserting your hook into the fabric, bring the working yarn in front of your work. Then insert your hook under the RetP chain between 2 stitches, from front to back. Bring back the working yarn to the back of your work. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

Tpfs
Tunisian purl full stitch

Tunisian purl reverse stitch (Tprs)

Same as for the other stitches described here above: Bring the working yarn in front of your work. Then insert your hook under the back vertical bar. Bring back the working yarn to the back of your work. Yarn over and pull up a loop.

A very interesting stitch! the front side may not look absolutely beautiful, but…. Have a look at the back side (further below).

Tunisian purl reverse stitch
Tunisian purl reverse stitch

See the photo below. On the left side, the Tunisian purl reverse stitch showing the back side (Pt arrière envers). On the right side, the Twisted up Tunisian simple stitch showing the front side (Point torse). Say you find amazing! I find it amazing.

Compare back side of purl reverse and front side of twisted up
Compare the back side of purl reverse stitch and the front side of twisted up stitch.

Now try and make a swatch where you alternate twisted up stitches with purl reverse stitches and see what kind of stitch pattern you get. I’ll give you a hint: it’s almost reversible, looking the same on both sides.

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