How to Crochet: Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)

By Candace – 5 Comments

Tunisian Purl Stitch is great for when you want your work to resemble garter stitch, a popular knit stitch pattern. It’s also pretty simple to do. For this tutorial, you will need to know how to do a Tunisian simple stitch foundation. The tps can be worked into any subsequent row.

You can mouse over the photos for a left-handed view.

In this example, I started with a few rows of tss. For the current row, the first few stitches are already worked with tss and I’ll be making the tps in the next stitch.

With your working yarn in front of your work, insert your hook into the vertical bar of the next stitch.


Bring your yarn across the front of the work and behind the hook


Yarn over and pull up a loop.


Repeat all of these steps for however many tps are in your forward row. The return row is worked the same as it is for tss: YO, pull through one loop, (YO, pull through two loops) to end.

Feel free to comment here if you need further help with the Tunisian purl stitch.

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  1. Denise S. says:

    I cannot believe how easy you made this. I watched a YouTube video and was so confused. I just found your site and I love how you explained for a lefty. Thank you so much.

  2. Eva says:


    I am learning Tunisian crochet and came across this: “Tunisian purl stitch in horizontal bar”, I understand how to do purl stitch by inserting the hook into the vertical bar but I can’t figure it out how to do it thru horizontal bar. It would be highly appreciated if you could explain how to do this. Thank you so much

    • Candace says:

      Hi Eva,

      You follow the same basic steps (keeping the yarn in front, etc) and simply insert the hook into the horizontal bar that comes before the vertical bar.

  3. Monica says:

    If a crochet pattern states,
    “TPS in the next st, yo, sk next st, TPS in next st,…”
    How would the ‘yo’ part look like?
    I know how to crochet a TPS row continuously but the “yo” and “sk next st” has thrown me off.

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