Tutorial: Tunisian Top Stitch

September 23, 2016

Tunisian Crochet Top or Bump Stitch Tutorial
Learn to do the Top Stitch - aka Bump Stitch. It is a VERY easy stitch and the stitch is also very fast to work with.

You can easily make beautiful lace-like scarfs with this technique.

I recently realized that most tutorials and guides for the Tunisian Top Stitch are made as videos. If you are anything like me, you might sometimes prefer to look at pictures. So here they are.


Tunisian Crochet in General

It is all about a forward motion and a back motion. On the forward motion you pick up loops. On the back motion you finalize each of the crochet stitches.


Tunisian Top Stitch

Choose a yarn and a hook that is at least two sizes bigger than the yarn banderole suggests.

1) Foundation

Make a normal crochet loop.
Crochet 9 chains for a foundation. This will give you 10 stitches, as the loop on your hook is number 10.

Tunisian Crochet Foundation Stitches
 

Now turn your work sideways, so you can see all the bumps that might usually be on the 'back' of your work. These are the loops you will insert the hook into.

Top Stitch Get Started


2) Forward Motion

Insert your hook into the first bump, right next to the hook. Yarn over (yo) and pull through one loop.
You now have 2 loops on the hook. They stay there during the forward motion.

Top Stitch Yo and pull through one loop


*Insert the hook into the next bump, yo and pull through one loop only.* Repeat this till you have used all bumps. When you have reached the end, you have 10 loops on your hook.

Top Stitch First Row Forward Motion


3) Back Motion

Yo and pull through one loop only. This is how you do the left edge of your work.

Top Stitch First Row Back Motion


*Yo and pull through two loops.* This is how the rest of the stitches are done. Repeat until you only have one stitch left on the hook.

Top Stitch First Row Back Motion 2


AVOID the temptation to pull tight, when there is only one loop on the hook. You can tighten your work so much, that you cannot enter the first bump on the next forward motion.

Top Stitch First Row Done


Second row is done the exact same way. Try that - right below here...





Following Rows


4) Forward motion

Insert the hook into the first bump, right next to the hook. Yo and pull through one loop. You now have 2 loops on the hook.

*Insert hook into a bump, yo and pull through one loop only.* Repeat until you have all 10 loops on the hook.

Top Stitch Forward Motions

5) Back Motion

Left edge: Yo and pull through one loop only.
*Yo and pull through two loops.* Repeat until you have only 1 loop on the hook. you are now done with the second row :)

Top Stitch Back Motions


Make a couple more rows just for practice.




Finishing Off

You end it like you do on regular crochet. Cut the yarn end and pull it through the last loop on the hook - in the right side of you work.




TIPS

  1. Leave extra long ends when you start and when you finish. Weaving the ends in and out takes more yarn than other stitches.
  2. When you are doing a back motion, then stretch the work a little with your left hand. This gives your work a more uniform look.
  3. In a back motion: When you need to pull yarn from the yarn ball, then hold on to the first loop with your index finger, so you don't accidentally pull the previous bump too tight.

Top Stitch Tips


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