Currently Blocking: Tunisian Knit scarf UPDATE

I finished my Tunisian knit scarf! This is not Tunisian crochet, but the Tunisian knit stitch, which is a kind of brioche stitch. I love the distinct grid, which is so different from what is normally seen in knitting. It is also an "endangered" stitch these days; I've only seen a few examples online. From what I've read, it used to be used to make the high-quality embroidery fabric, though obviously with finer cord and much finer needles.

The stitches are upside down, so will look a bit different than images. I'll do another picture later.

The yarn is Berroco "Remix", which is a blend of 100% recycled fibers. It is 30% Nylon, 27% cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% silk, 9% linen. It is also one of the softest yarns I've ever felt. It is a bit rough (and being recycled occasionally contains knots), but it feels like that 10-year-old t-shirt in the back of your closet that you don't dare wear outside but won't throw away because it's so soft.

While the yarn recommends size 8, this was done in size 11 needles. Tunisian knitting produces a very thick, almost quilted material. I wanted it to be a bit like netting, so I tried 10 needles but went to 11.

Tunisian knitting requires two passes per row of stitches, so it eats yarn very fast. Also, the selvedge becomes very loose if you do a selvedge stitch. You have to pull the edge stitches very tight to mitigate this.


EDIT: The image labeled "proper" is right-side-up.

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michaelpthompson's picture

That's so cool Mike! I like that grid pattern too. We had a demo of Tunisian Crochet at the 2011 Men's Rocky Mountain Knitting Retreat, but this looks interesting as well. Very nice.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

akkamaddi's picture

There is some information here:

I also found a site that had a purl version that slanted the other way... but didn't bookmark it.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Most interesting.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

clneeley's picture

Very nice!!

scottly's picture

It is a beautiful stitch and great yarn color. I'm wondering what that stitch would look like with a fingering wt yarn knit with size 6 or 7 needles. In my mind I'm thinking chainmail kind of texture. How long did it take you to get use to that awfully contorted stitch, brk1tbl? Is it tinkable? Just in case you make a mistake.

akkamaddi's picture

As frustrating and time consuming as it was, I've considered how it would look with either fine yarn or really chunky yarn.

If you go with "recommended size", it can be a very dense stitch. Like I said, the recommended size for this yarn was 8 needles, and I used 11. (Keep in mind there is a discontinuous jump between 10 and 11. That's 5mm to 8mm.) What you are describing is actually what I was originally planning, but my aunt and uncle are hippies at heart, and would really appreciate the "100% recycled fiber" yarn (and it's *so* soft!).

There is a trick to it, but it involves a lot of movement. You insert the needle as if to purl, hold them parallel, then swing the right needle over the left "holding" the two yarns. Because the yo is away from the right needle on the back, you can't insert the needle to the back unless you are patient and the needles have a fairly long and sharp tip. It's easier to purl and swing over. (Hold the needles parallel so it doesn't move the yarn around as much.)

It probably does tink, but I use lifelines, and haven't learned tinking well, so it's easier to just rip. Actually, when you rip, the Tunisian stitches "hold" the loops above fairly well, and my only difficulty re-stringing the needle was with the selvedge stitches.

Actually, I had only finished three things when I started this, and started two others, so this was the sixth project I dove into. If I can do it, someone with skill can. Flipping the needles was the main trick.

Also, like I said, it's not a fast stitch, and it eats yarns, so get a large stash. Also, you have to pull the end stitches *tight* so the selvedge doesn't dangle loosely. You can see a few stitches like that in the beginning.