Tunisian Crochet Abbreviations

By Candace – 3 Comments

In addition to regular crochet patterns, Crochet Spot is home to many Tunisian (also known as Afghan) crochet patterns. Tunisian crochet is a technique that requires you to work stitches that remain on your (longer than usual) hook until you reach the end of your row then work them off in the opposite direction to finish them. In a way, it’s similar to knitting, and even employs stitches that mimic those used in knitting, but the resulting fabric tends to be thicker.

For a great Tunisian crochet primer, try the Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial.

This chart is for Tunisian-specific abbreviations. For general abbreviations used in both Western and Tunisian crochet, please see the crochet abbreviations chart.

Abbreviation Description
FwP Forward Pass
RetP Return Pass
Tbo Tunisian Bobble
Tbs Tunisian Bar Stitch
Tdc Tunisian Double Crochet
Tfs Tunisian Full Stitch
Tks Tunisian Knit Stitch
Tps Tunisian Purl Stitch
Trs Tunisian Reverse Stitch
TSS Tunisian Simple Stitch
Ttc Tunisian Treble Crochet

Need more Tunisian crochet techniques?
Click here to learn how to reduce curling.

To make your project complete, try the simple Tunisian crochet finish or the single crochet finish.

You can also learn how to do entrelac. (There’s a part two!)

Try a shawl with the starter tab technique!

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  1. Melissa says:

    I ran across a tunisian cable sweater recently and found 2 abbreviations I am unfamiliar with.

    The first one is:
    Tunisian Twisted Purl Stitch (ttwps):
    With yarn in front, insert hook under next horizontal bar, pull back vertical bar to front, yarn over, pull loop through that back vertical bar.

    And the second one is: Twisted Purl Stitch (twps) (Out of the two I do not know how to do this one).

    I feel as though these should be included above.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Can you tell me what the FwP stands for in crochet?

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