Tunisian Extended Stitch Tutorial and Square Pattern

Happy Saturday, everyone. Today, I would like to add my Tunisian Extended Stitch Tutorial to my Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide. And since learning a new stitch is fun but crocheting something for real is even more fun, I am going to mix the stitch tutorial with an easy and quick Square Pattern.

Tunisian Crochet Extended Stitch

At first sight, the Tunisian Extended Stitch might be mistaken for Tunisian Simple Stitch, a bit weird but hey, you were not paying attention.
Now, take a closer look especially between the two dashed lines in the image below. Do you notice any difference with the Tunisian Simple Stitch

In between the dashed lines, you can see one row of Tunisian Extended Stitch

For sure you’ll have noticed that there is an extra bit at the base of the stitch, and that extra bit is the extended part of the Tunisian Extended Stitch.

Crocheting it is very easy and we’ll see how in just a bit.

Abbreviation and Chart Symbol

The official abbreviation of the Tunisian Extended Stitch is Tes and here below you can see its official chart symbol.

Chart symbol of the Tunisian Extended Stitch

Special Note

This tutorial shows how to crochet the Tes as for a Tss, meaning that we will insert the hook under each vertical bar in the same way as for a regular Tunisian simple stitch.

However, you can crochet the Tes in all the possible ways, for example as for the Tunisian knit stitch, or full stitch, reverse, purl, or wrapped.

In Bloom Spring Blanket CAL

If you have been following along with the In Bloom Spring Blanket Crochet ALong organized by BearRye, you might have already guessed that this flowery Tunisian Extended Square is hopefully ending up in my In Bloom Spring Blanket.

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If you have never heard of this CAL, here’s a short explanation. Several designers have teamed up and so that every day for the month of April, there will be one new free pattern of an 8” by 8” square. All the squares have flowers and spring as common themes.

So far, my contributions to the CAL, have been the Popping Flower Square and the Ruffle Flower Square. Plus, there is one more in preparation and it is going to be a Tunisian crochet one!

If you missed missed the previous squares and would like to catch up, you can get all of the patterns as a bundle for a very discounted price. Only pay $7 and get all the PDF patterns to your inbox !

Yarn and Color Options

For the In Bloom CAL, Claire over at BearRye arranged for WeCrochet to provide us with some Mighty Stitch by Knit Picks so that we could all crochet our squares with the same yarn.

After I finished designing and crocheting my squares, I still had some leftover yarn. So, I thought of using it to crochet some scrap yarn squares. This is the reason why my square is in the colors you see in the pic! So, even though I indicated my color scheme in the instructions below, feel free to use whatever color you have at hand. You can add more colors, or make it in one solid color. The options are basically endless.

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Materials

– 6.5 mm (K/10.5 USA, 3 UK) Tunisian Crochet Hook
– 5 mm (H/8 USA, 6 UK) Crochet Hook
– 29 g (61 yards/56 m) of Mighty Stitch by Knit Picks or an Equivalent DK Yarn in one Main Color and one Contrasting Color
– Tapestry Needle

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms)

Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
MC – Magic Circle
Return – Standard Tunisian Return
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch
Tes – Tunisian Extended Stitch
Tr – Treble Crochet
Tss Tunisian Simple Stitch
Yo – Yarn over

Special Stitches

Standard Tunisian Return (Return)
Yo, pull through the first loop on your hook, *yo, pull through two loops*. Repeat in between * for all the loops until you will only have one remaining loop on your hook.

Square Size

The finished square measures 8” (20 cm) by 8” (20 cm).

Gauge

14 Tes for 9 rows in 4” (10 cm).

Tunisian Extended Stitch Tutorial and Square Pattern

With your 6.5-mm Tunisian Hook and the yarn in your main color, ch 29.

Tunisian Extended Foundation Row

The foundation row for the Tunisian Extended Stitch is slightly different than a regular Tunisian Foundation Row.
While normally you would start your foundation row from the second ch from your hook, here we will start from the third chain!

1. Identify the back bump of the third chain from your hook.
2. Insert your hook under that back bump.
3. Yo.
4. Pull up a loop.

How to crochet the Tunisian Extended Foundation row, part 1

5. Yo again.
6. Pull up a loop.
7. Repeat steps 2 to 6 for all the chains. You should have 28 loops on your hook.
8. Make a standard return pass.

How to crochet the Tunisian Extended Foundation row, part 2

Your Tunisian Extended Foundation Row is complete.

Tunisian Crochet Extended Stitch

9. Before starting a row in Tes, the first thing to do is to ch 1. This will give you the extra height that you need for your stitches. Then, identify the front vertical bar of the second stitch.
10. Insert your hook under the front vertical bar of the second st from right to left (for right-handed crocheters) as for a regular Tss.
11. Yo.
12. Pull up a loop.

How to crochet the Tunisian Extended stitch, part 1

13. Yo again.
14. Pull up a loop.
15. Repeat steps 10 to 14 for all the remaining stitches. For the last st, insert your hook under both the vertical bars.
16. Your forward pass is complete. You can now go on with a standard return pass.

How to crochet the Tunisian Extended stitch, part 2

Complete Your Square

In the steps above we made the foundation row and row 1 of our square.

Rows 2-10. Tes (instructions of points 9 to 16) in each st using the yarn in your main color.
Row 11. For the forward pass, tes in each st using the yarn in your main color. Switch to your contrasting color for the return pass.
Rows 11-16. Tes in each st with the contrasting colored yarn.

Binding Off

Row 17. To bind off your square, make one more row following the instructions of points 9-13.
Normally, in the following step (point 14), you would pull up a loop and leave it on your hook. However, for the bind off, you will pull up a loop and sl st it through the loop that is on your hook.
Keep repeating the instructions above for all your sts.

Border

Do not fasten off or cut your yarn. Instead, continue to add a border.

With your regular 5-mm crochet hook, sc all around. At the corner, sc in the last st of the side, ch 1, and sc in the first st of the next side.

Flower Appliques

Crochet all your flowers with the yarn in your contrasting color.

Small Flower

For the Small Flower, I used the pattern of the Easy Flower Applique:

With your 5-mm crochet hook, make a MC.
In MC, (ch2, 1 hdc, ch 2, sl st into MC) five times.
Close the MC tightly and fasten off leaving a long tail.

The Medium and Large Flowers are a simple modification of the Easy Flower Applique pattern.

Medium Flowers

Make two.

With your 5-mm crochet hook, make a MC.
In MC, (ch2, 1 dc, ch 2, sl st into MC) five times.
Close the MC tightly and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Big Flowers

Make two.

With your 5-mm crochet hook, make a MC.
In MC, (ch3, 1 tr, ch 3, sl st into MC) five times.
Close the MC tightly and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Sew the Flower appliques on your Tes square.
Weave in all the ends.

Your Tes Flower Square is ready!

I hope you enjoyed this stitch tutorial and square pattern. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help or support. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful makes on Facebook and Instagram!

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