Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan | Free Beginner Tunisian Crochet Pattern

Test out those beginner tunisian crochet skills with this gorgeous and easy to stitch blanket! Worked in all over tunisian double stitch, the Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan is quick to stitch and simple to customize. Catch the FREE PATTERN download below along with a full step by step video tutorial!

A few months back I released one of my very favorite blanket designs, The Snowball Throw! It used tunisian double stitch to create a graphic and bold colorwork pattern with just three solid color yarns. To be honest, as soon as I finished that version…I couldn’t wait to see more of what this stitch could do!

The Tunisian Double Trouble Afghan is worked using just two colors of yarn, a variegated and a solid. By switching up the yarns and how we use them, we create an afghan that is as beautiful as it is easy to stitch.

I chose to use Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick! Why? Cause it’s my fav?! Why else! It’s gorgeously soft and readily available. Not to mention, it’s just the right price for a super bulky yarn.

This is WAY too complicated!

I know…it looks really complicated. That couldn’t be further from the truth. When I tell you this afghan is beginner friendly – I mean it.

The entire afghan is worked in one stitch. That’s it. Worked over and over and over. How do we get that gorgeous woven look?

We change the color on the Return Pass.

Now, if you’ve ever worked even a swatch of tunisian crochet, you know that there is always a forward pass and a return pass. I always say that the forward pass is when we leave home and the return pass is when we come back.

This affords up the perfect method of adding aa lot of color interest without any work at all. We simply grab our second color after working a forward pass and head back home with the new color. The next row is worked with the color we worked the return pass with! We switch the yarn on the return pass again and that’s it.

Can I customize it?

YES.

The best part of this afghan is that it is fully customizable. You’ll have to change your hook size but that’s about it! I go over this in the video in detail but here’s a quick overview:

  1. Select two yarns, a solid and a variegated.
  2. Choose a hook size that is recommended on the ball band. I know we usually go up a hook size with our tunisian crochet but not on this project. Tunisian double stitch is rather loose, so by choosing a hook size recommended on the ball band, we ensure the afghan won’t be too open.
  3. Chain any number of stitches to the width you desire. This is where you can make the afghan fully customizable!
  4. Work as many rows as you desire to get the width!

That’s it! Easy as apple pie!

Tunisian Double Delight Pattern

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Materials

US 12mm Corded Tunisian Crochet Hook
US 10mm crochet hook
Lion Brand Yarn Wool Ease Thick and Quick
3 Skeins Each Carousel (A) and Fisherman (B)
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Finished Measurements

About 38 inches by 42 inches

Gauge

7 sts and 3.5 rows to measure 4 inches in Tunisian Double Stitch

Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain
Tds = Tunisian Double Stitch
FwdP = Forward Pass
RetP = Return Pass
Sc = Single Crochet
Blo = Back Loop Only
Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s)

Pattern Notes:

This afghan is that it is fully customizable. You’ll have to change your hook size but that’s about it! I go over this in the video tutorial but here’s a quick overview:

  1. Select two yarns, a solid and a variegated.
  2. Choose a hook size that is recommended on the ball band. I know we usually go up a hook size with our tunisian crochet but not on this project. Tunisian double stitch is rather loose, so by choosing a hook size recommended on the ball band, we ensure the afghan won’t be too open.
  3. Chain any number of stitches to the width you desire. This is where you can make the afghan fully customizable!
  4. Work as many rows as you desire to get the width!

Tunisian Double Stitch has a tendency to ‘bias’ or lean to the left. This can be fixed by blocking your afghan. Alternately, the bias will ease over time with use.

TUNISIAN DOUBLE TROUBLE AFGHAN

With Color A, Ch 66

Row 1

FwdP: Working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row working into each chain. (66 loops on hook)

RetP: With Color B, Ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Row 2

FwdP: With Color B, working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row to last stitch, to work last stitch, yarn over, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook. (66 loops).

RetP: With Color A, ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Row 3:

FwdP: With Color A, working from right to left, *yarn over, insert hook under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook (Note: last loop of this stitch will remain on hook as you work across); repeat from * across row to last stitch, to work last stitch, yarn over, insert hook through stitch as if working a single crochet, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook. (66 loops).

RetP: With Color B, ch 1, (yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) until there is one loop left on hook.

Rep Rows 2 and 3 for a total of 36 rows or desired length.

Final Row

Slip stitch in each stitch across as if you were working a tunisian simple stitch. After last slip stitch, ch 1.

Rnd 1: With B, work 72 sc evenly spaced along each edge of block, placing 3 sc in each corner.

Rnd 2: With A, working in back loops only, sc in each st around, placing 3 sc in each corner.

Rnd 3: With B, work Rnd 2.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

That’s it friends! I mean…how flippin cute is this blanket!? Like I said, just a few minutes and a couple colors of worsted weight yarn and you’re good! Remember to share your projects with me on Instagram HERE and to join the Rohn Strong Crochet Club HERE!

Tunisian Delight Sampler – Gauge

Today is Day 1 of our Rohn Strong May 2020 Crochet Along! As a reminder, we are crocheting the Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan Crochet Along and I couldn’t be more excited! For all the information you need to get started including dates, yarn amounts, and more please head to this blog post HERE or watch this video below:

Today, we’re going to work our Gauge swatches and chat a bit about why gauge is so important, even on an afghan like this!

So, what is gauge.

Gauge, sometimes referred to as ‘tension’, is the number of stitches and rows per inch. This is listed in the pattern near the beginning and usually given in a 4 inch by 4 inch multiple.

For example, most of the blocks in this pattern have a gauge of 3 sts per inch and 3 rows per inch. Given in the 4 inch by 4 inch multiple, the pattern reads, 12 sts by 12 rows.

So, why do we try to match gauge in a pattern?

  1. You want to make sure your afghan comes out the right size.
  2. You want to make sure you have enough yarn!

Yarn is the biggie here. Because we are working from stash, ensuring we have the right gauge will mean we don’t need extra yarn. A tighter gauge than that I used will mean you need more yarn. A looser gauge will mean you need less yarn.

Why wouldn’t gauge match?

Chances are you are not using the same yarn and hook as me. You might hold your yarn a little different. You might even crochet different than me! All those things have a big impact on your gauge and can change the stitches and rows per inch.

So, keep that in mind!

Making the Gauge Swatch

The pattern below is what we will follow today. Remember, there is a video tutorial that covers all this info and shows how to work the gauge swatch, step by step. You can find that below!

Gauge Swatch Pattern

Ch 20

Foundation Row: With yarn in back, *insert hook in next ch, yarn over and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (20 loops)

Return Pass: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

Row 1: With yarn in back, insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop; rep from * across. (20 loops)

Return Pass: Ch 1, *yarn over, pull through next 2 loops on hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on hook.

Rep Row 1, 8 more times. This will give you a total of 10 rows including the foundation row.

Last Row: With yarn in back, insert hook from right to left under next vertical bar, yarn over and pull up a loop, pull first loop near head of hook through loop on shaft of hook; rep across row.

This final row is called a tunisian slip stitch!

Image (C) Annie’s Publishing

That’s it! That is your gauge swatch!

Now, we need to get a ruler and measure our stitches and rows per inch. Count the number of sts and rows over four inches.

Now, if you have fewer stitches per inch than I do, you’re a tight crocheter and need to go up in hook size. If you have fewer stitches per inch than I do, you’re a loose crocheter and need to go down a hook!

Really, that is all there is to it!

But…what if I’m off?

It can be hard as heck to get the right gauge in tunisian crochet! Don’t fret though. I’m going to share my three tips for getting gauge in tunisian crochet the first time every time!

  1. Use the right hook. The general rule of thumb is that corded hooks will give you a slightly tighter gauge whereas straight hooks will give you a bit looser gauge. This isn’t universal but it’s one of those ‘rules’ that I’ve always followed. If you are typically a tighter crochet, stick with a straight hook. If you are a looser crocheter, try a corded hook!
  2. Rows vs Stitches. Typically it’s easier to change the row gauge versus the stitch gauge. Why? Well, the stitch gauge is, in part, determined by the row gauge. So, a tighter row gauge will often mean a tighter stitch gauge. Simply going up a single hook size won’t have the much of an impact on your stitch gauge, if you’re having trouble matching it. If your stitch gauge is really tight, you’ll want to go up two hook sizes, minimum.
  3. It’ll block out. What? Yes. I promise. Tunisian crochet has a touch of horizontal stretch which will make it easier to block your swatch and make it a touch wider. Have you ever heard the saying, “It’ll block out”? It will! I promise! This will only work if you’re less than an inch from the desired width. Anything more than an inch will not block out. It’ll result in a warped piece.

Getting gauge is tough, I know. It can be super frustrating but it is really really important to make sure that the piece you are working on is just the right size and you won’t ruin out of yarn. There is nothing worst than making a project and running out of yarn when you are nearly through! A correct gauge will make sure that doesn’t happen in the long run.