Tunisian rib stitch

I’m adding a new stitch pattern to my collection of Tunisian crochet stitches on this website: the Tunisian rib stitch. It has many different names in English. What matters to remember is that this is a combination of 2 stitches: the Tunisian simple stitch and the twisted up stitch.

Tunisian rib stitch
Tunisian rib stitch, a combination of 2 stitches

I added a video in French at the end of this article. I show how to make this rib stitch with a single-ended hook in one color. And how to make it with a double-ended hook in 2 different colors. Read this article to find out more about key elements.

Tunisian simple stitch and twisted UP stitch

The Tunisian rib stitch is a combination of 2 stitches, the simple stitch and the twisted UP stitch. So it is important to cast on an even number of stitches. Or to have a row made of an even number of stitches. Keep in mind that you should add 2 stitches for the edges (one at the beginning and one at the end of the FwdP).

I want to insist on the importance of making the twisted stitch “the right way”. I make a distinction in English between the twisted UP and the twisted DOWN stitch. The way you twist the front vertical bar, upward or downward, has a crucial impact on how the stitch looks like. Previously I shared a video in French to show the difference between twisting a stitch up or down. Keep that “twist” difference in mind when you want to make the Tunisian rib stitch.

Tunisian rib stitch with 2 different colors

The Tunisian rib stitch looks great in one color. You can make it with a single-ended hook or in the round with a double-ended hook.

To make it with 2 contrasting colors, keep this rule in mind: you always use one color on the FwdP and another color on the RetP. The rib lines (in yellow on the photo below) are made on the FwdP, when you pick up loops. The background (in purple) is made on the RetP, when you close loops (yarn over, pull through 2).

Tunisian rib stitch with a double-ended hook in 2 contrasting colors
Tunisian rib stitch with a double-ended hook in 2 contrasting colors

With a single-ended hook, it is complicated to make this rib stitch in 2 colors.
Either you cut yarn at the end of each pass. That means at the end of each FwdP AND each RetP. Argh…
Or you carry the unused yarn along the back of your work when you are busy on a pass with the other yarn. As in the Fair Isles technique, but without switching yarn in the middle of passes, only at the start and end of each pass.

With a double-ended hook, used to work in the round, it is much easier to use 2 different colors. You simply make the stitch pattern (Tunisian simple stitch and twisted up stitch) on the FwdP in one color. Then you turn your work and start the RetP with a different color. You can try different combinations of colors and even use color-changing yarn.

Rib stitch used in my pattern La nuit des temps (cowl)
Rib stitch used in my pattern La nuit des temps (cowl)

This stitch used in my patterns

I use this stitch combination in several of my patterns, available on Ravelry.

Tunisian crochet beanie La nuit des temps (Mists of time)
Tunisian crochet beanie La nuit des temps (Mists of time)
Au jour le jour (Day by day), seamless top down with short rows
Au jour le jour (Day by day), seamless top down with short rows

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