Thursday, December 16

Tunisian Crochet Basics: How to End a Forward Pass

I use this abbreviation in my Tunisian crochet patterns: endTss. It stands for "ending Tunisian simple stitch." If you are crocheting right-handed, this would be the stitch found along the left edge.

"Burly" Men's Scarf in Tunisian Simple Stitch
In pattern-writing language endTss is one of several ways to say, "Work the last stitch of each forward pass the usual standard recommended way."

This left edge stitch has a front vertical bar, like the other stitches in the row. It also has a few other vertical strands associated with that same stitch. Some crocheters insert the hook under just the one front vertical bar, same as for the rest of the stitches of the row; however, "endTss" means do not do that. Instead, insert the hook under the front vertical bar and one other nearest vertical strand of the stitch.

The resulting two loops along the edge (instead of one lone strand) have a chained look. This two-strand chained effect is preferable because:

  1. It matches the other 3 edges better (especially if you began your project by working into the bottom third loop of the foundation chains)
  2. It has a bit more heft, so it helps stabilize and even out the edge more than a lone strand would (it is "self-finishing")
  3. If you will be crocheting a border along the edge, it's a better and more pleasant edge to work stitches into.
I'm not aware of it preventing curling though :-)