free pattern: tunisian skinny scarf

Hi everyone! :)

Today I’m going to show you how to make your very own skinny scarf, using the Tunisian simple stitch!



Note that you don’t necessarily need a Tunisian crochet hook to be able to do Tunisian crochet. For my skinny scarf I used a KnitPro interchangeable crochet hook with a cable, but you can also use a regular crochet hook; as long as it’s long enough to accommodate all of your stitches.

I used Scheepjes Stonewashed XL yarn for my skinny scarf with a 6mm crochet hook. When you’re making garments or anything wearable, be sure to move up 1 hook size. The Tunisian simple stitch can become very dense and tight, so I find it’s best to use a bigger hook to give your fabric more drape.

What do you need

1. Start with a regular chain. For this example, I chained 5. For my scarf I chained 20. The amount of chains is the amount of stitches you will end up with.

Tunisian crochet is worked back and forth in rows, so from right to left, and then back again from left to right.

2. Insert your hook into the first chain, and pull up a loop. Leave it on your hook. Pull up loops through all chains. You now have 5 loops on your hook.

3. Yarn over, and pull through the first loop on your hook.

4. Yarn over again, and pull through the next two loops on your hook. The difference with step 3 is that you are now also pulling through the working yarn loop.

5. Repeat step 4 until you reach the end of your piece and have only 1 loop on your hook. You are now working the return row; so going from left to right.

6. Insert your hook into the first vertical stitch (skipping the current one) and pull up a loop. This can be a bit tricky, so take a good look where you insert your hook.

7. Insert your hook into the next vertical stitch and pull up a loop. Keep going until you’ve reached the end of your piece; you should have 5 loops on your hook again.

8. Repeat step 3 and 4, until you have 1 loop on your hook again.

9. Keep going like this; pulling up loops and working them off your hook on the return row, until your piece is big enough.

10. When you’re done with your piece, give it a nice finishing touch by adding a solid border. To do this, pull up a loop again through the vertical stitch, then work it into a single crochet. Keep going like this until all the stitches in the top row are single crochet stitches. Cut the yarn and weave in the ends.

And that’s all there is to it! :) Easy no? I love the texture of the Tunisian simple stitch, and I love how it kind of looks like knitting because there is a very clear front and back side to your work.

The possibilities are endless with this stitch; remember way back when I made these wristies? They look so awesome because of the self striping yarn! :)

Are you going to create anything using the Tunisian simple stitch? I’d love to see!


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  1. I’ve never tried Tunisian crochet before, but this may well make me have a go. I love the effect of the self-striping yarn – what is it and where can I buy some?

  2. Just popped back to the original post and found that the yarn is Adriafil Monet:)

  3. thank you for sharing, looks like a wonderful stitch and fun

  4. I tried it once and I broke 2 wooden needles and it didn’t look that great Someone told me I was crocheting way to tight ;)
    But maybe I give it a try another time

  5. I’m curious on how to change colors when doing the Tunisian crochet.

    • That is an excellent question Kayleigh! I might add it to this post, or put it in a separate post… It is actually very easy to do! :)

  6. One of my goals this year is to try some new techniques and Tunisian crochet was top of my list. I had my first go with it last night and will definitely be using it in my next project.

  7. Nice! never knew how to do Tunisian crochet. It gives a nice structure to your work.

  8. Thanks for the clear explanation. I like de structure of tunesian crochet.

    I wish you a creative day, Margaret

  9. I want to use the this stitch for something. I love your wristies! I bought Simply Spiraled Crochet
    by Carlinda Lewis but could not get far, because I got huge holes where I joined. Do you have any advice on that problem?

  10. Nice tutorial. I’ve never tried tunisian before, but I may try this. I still have the wristies you made me like this! Love them!

  11. I learned it from my grandmother about 30 years ago but still love it! Those mittens with selfstriping yarn are fun!

  12. I love Tunesian crochet. Many blocks made from scrap yarn, and an easy ‘patchwork’ blanket is made!

  13. Love the pattern! But every time I try to chain 10 then go back along pulling loops over the hook I end up with 11 loops, where am I going wrong? Seems I can never get the same amount of stitches as chains that I started with.

  14. I’ve never tried the tunisian stitch yet, but I might have to now. That’s for the great visuals!

    -Cory U @

  15. bellissimo!!! sei bravissima …

  16. Oh WOW,never heard of this stitch,when I get a min I am going to study this post and have a go.Awesome,love the wristies too,very pretty.Hugs x

  17. I love the idea of creating with Tunisian crochet, but every time I’ve tried it rolls and rolls and rolls on the edges and I cannot get it to lay flat. So frustrating…I do love the photo of the self-striping yarn, though with this stitch. It’s absolutely fabulous in its affect.

  18. We’d sure love a pattern for the wristies too! :D
    love and prayers to you Wink.

  19. Its the doctor’s scarf! In easy to do Tunisian stitch.

  20. just love your work..i am not a yarn person but adore those who are..and their work..have a great day