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Beginner friendly Tunisian crochet projects

You’ve practiced a few of the stitches and now you want to get started on an actual project. There are several easy Tunisian crochet patterns that are great for beginners. Here are a few suggestions:

Tunisian Simple Stitch Dishcloth 

This project is perfect for beginners to practice the basic Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) while creating a useful item. You can make a simple square or rectangle dishcloth using TSS throughout. (see below for a free pattern)

Tunisian Crochet Scarf 

A simple Tunisian crochet scarf is another great project for beginners. You can use the Tunisian Simple Stitch or explore other basic Tunisian stitches like the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS) or Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS). Scarves are great for practicing your tension and stitch consistency.

Tunisian Crochet Coasters 

Coasters are quick and easy projects that allow beginners to experiment with different Tunisian stitches and color combinations in a small, manageable size.

Tunisian Crochet Phone Pouch 

A simple phone pouch is another beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet project. You can create a basic rectangle using Tunisian Simple Stitch and then fold and seam it to create a pouch.

Tunisian Crochet Headband 

A Tunisian crochet headband is a great project for beginners to practice working in the round and creating a wearable item. You can use simple stitches like the Tunisian Knit Stitch or Tunisian Simple Stitch to create a textured design.

Cup Cozy

A Tunisian crochet cup cozy is also another way to practice working in the round. If you use two different colours, one for the forward pass and another for the return pass, you will create a funky look.

These patterns typically use basic Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques, making them accessible for beginners. As you gain confidence and experience, you can explore more complex Tunisian crochet patterns and stitch combinations.

Make your own dishcloth

As mentioned above, a great way to get started with a project and make something useful, is the dishcloth. If you use a cotton yarn (like Bernat Handicrafter which is easily accessible), make sure to use an appropriate hook size (6 mm to 7 mm). 

1. Begin with a number of chains that you feel comfortable with for a dishcloth size. Finish the foundation row, as shown in the video tutorials page of this site.

2. Choose the stitch you wish to use and begin the forward pass. Do not forget to work the End Stitch properly, and proceed to the return pass.

3. Repeat until you have reached a height you like or made a square.

4. You will need to close the last row by either finishing it with the Tunisian single crochet stitch or the Tunisian slip stitch (see videos on Tutorials page).

5. Add a crochet border to your square if you wish.

6. If you used cotton, this is a perfect opportunity to try blocking your work to see the result.

Explore further

Try following this graph for a motif style washcloth. Following the same principle as tapestry crochet, the graph displays a motif in grey squares. Each square equals a stitch. The white squares can be the Tunisian Knit Stitch, and the grey squares are the Tunisian Purl Stitch. Or you can change it up and use the Tunisian Simple Stitch for the white squares, and the Tunisian Reverse Stitch as the grey squares. Experiment with the stitches until you find something you like.