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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth Video Tutorial

Not too long ago, Merry of the darling Noah's Ark Crocheted Blanket fame, contacted me and asked if I could help her with a new project she had found on Ravelry for a Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth. Since I had not yet covered Tunisian crochet here at Hooked On Needles, I used that request as motivation to begin some tutorials on a few of the basic Tunisian stitches before jumping into the dishcloth pattern. I have had such fun with Tunisian Crochet since then and with this dishcloth pattern in particular. I hope you give it a try and see if you like it as much as I do.

Tunisian Short Row DishclothHere are a few pictures of my first dishcloth which I made just to make sure I could do the pattern myself before offering to help anyone else with it. It was pretty easy to pick up the technique and I thought the result was very pretty and different.

Tunisian Short Row DishclothThe six wedges of this pattern are all crocheted in one piece using a method of Tunisian Crochet called Short Row, which means just what is says...short or incomplete rows of Tunisian Crochet. The pattern is an original of Khebhin Gibbons who posted it on Ravelry as a free pattern. I contacted him and asked his permission to include the pattern here to go along with the video, since not everyone has or wants a Ravelry account. He graciously granted permission for me to reproduce his pattern here on my site, so now you can try it too. You can find the pattern after the video at the end of this post. Please make sure you give Khebhin credit for this dishcloth pattern if you share it with anyone else.

Tunisian Short Row DishclothThis is the completed dishcloth that you will see from beginning to end in the following video tutorial. I used a solid color in the video just so the picture wouldn't be quite so busy. It is about 9 inches across the middle so it is a generously sized cloth. It took about 2/3 of a ball of Peaches 'N Cream cotton yarn and I stitched it with a size K or 10 1/2 afghan hook. The single crochet border was worked with the same yarn and a size K regular crochet hook.

Here's the video, which I will warn you is quite lengthy for a tutorial, running just shy of 18 minutes. I tried to cover all the major points of making this pattern so that hopefully even a beginner would be able to crochet it. If you have never done Tunisian Crochet before, you might want to start out with the Tunisian Knit Stitch tutorial so you have a basic understanding of the technique. Also when you watch the video, you might want to click the pause button just after starting the video and allow most of the video to buffer before playing it. This should allow you to watch it without any odd little glitches caused from the buffering.

Tunisian Short Row Dishcloth

You will need:
1 skein of dishcloth cotton-variegated preferred
size “J” afghan hook
yarn needle

*Note: all return rows are done as follows: Yo, pull through 1 loop on hook. **Yo, pull through two loops on hook. Rep from ** to end.

Chain 15.

First Wedge

Row 1: Pull up a loop in 2nd chain from hook. (2 loops on hook). Work return as shown in notes.

Row 2: Pull up a loop in next vertical bar. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (3 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Row 3: Pull up a loop in each of next 2 vertical bars. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (4 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Row 4: Pull up a loop in each of next 3 vertical bars. Pull up a loop in next chain st. (5 loops on hook.) Work return row.

Continue as established, pulling up a loop in next empty chain st after all vertical bars have been worked until you have worked all the chain sts and you have 15 loops on the hook. Work a return row. (1 loop remaining on hook.)

Wedges 2-6

Work as for Wedge 1, but using vertical bars on previous wedge instead of chain stitches.

After the sixth wedge has been worked off, slip stitch in each vertical bar across. Break yarn and thread yarn needle. With right sides facing, sew or whip stitch edges together. Using tail from original chain, sew center hole closed. Attach yarn to any stitch on outer edge and work 1 round of single crochet around entire edge. (That part is optional). Weave in ends and call it a day!

This Rainbow Tunisian Jacket designed by Dora Ohrenstein is a colorful example of using Tunisian Short Row for shaping a garment. It's a little more ambitious project than the dishcloth, but certainly something to look at and admire. I'm considering adding it to my wish list of projects to do someday!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Awesome video, Mary Grace! It's so fun and easy to make...lots faster than knitting! Thanks for making this video...I know it will help so many to learn tunisian crochet!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 10, 2009 at 10:37 PM  

  • Oh I am so impressed with your video tutorials, I've not long opened up my world to to Tunisian crochet and I'm on the look out for lot's of Tunisian projects. Thank you so much for making it easier for me to explore more of the Tunisian world. I will be posting a link to you in a post I will shortly blog about.
    Thank you so much!

    By Blogger Cats-Rockin-Crochet, At February 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

    On final return of 6th wedge, before closing each stitch, pick a stitch from 1st wedge and close each stitch by pulling the return loop through 3 loops at once (1 loop from 1st wedge, 2 loops from the 15 loops on hook) to the end.
    All the best!

    By Blogger Wendy, At June 3, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the tutorial! I've never done a Tunisian project before and your video made it a snap! This is the quickest I've ever made a dish cloth and the cutest too!

    By Blogger Amanda Hebert, At June 10, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

  • thankyou so much for the tutorial i am going to give it a try

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM  

  • Adorei o video muito obrigada por partilhar conosco essa maravilha aqui no brasil,poucos conhecem o croche tunisiano ,mas as que fazem adoram,pois ele é muito gostoso de fazer.

    Love the video thank you for sharing with us here in this wonderful world, few know the Tunisian crochet, but they do worship, because it is very very nice to fazer.Like blog with beautiful work and thank you.

    By Blogger Unknown, At August 5, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

  • This looks neat and I've done afghans in this stitch, but I am having difficulty figuring out exactly where the first few vertical bars are

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 7, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

  • Thank you so very much for the video. What brand & color of yarn did you use on the beautiful multicolored one? I just love that color of the multi colored yarn. The video helped me a lot.

    By Blogger Crystal, At August 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM  

  • Qual é sua nacionalidade
    quero pedir tradução para
    portugues Brasil. Wilma

    By Anonymous wilma, At September 5, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

  • Hi Wilma, I don't speak Portugese, but my daughter had 8 years of Spanish in school and says that you would like to translate this pattern into your language. Since this is not my original pattern, I do not feel comfortable giving permission to translate it. But if you contact Khebhin Gibbons on Ravelry about it, I am sure he would say it is fine to do that. He very generously allowed me to share it with my readers here. I hope this helps.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At September 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

  • Stumbled across your site whilst looking for tunisian patterns. Have just learnt in the last couple of weeks - absolutely love it. Grows so fast! I am currently making a crib blanket out of your dishcloth shapes and sewing them together - looks great .. unique! :-) Will try the honeycomb pattern next. Thanks for your tutorial - very clear and easy to follow. Kind Regards to you and yours. :-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 18, 2009 at 7:53 PM  

  • I am really wanting to learn this pattern but I can't understand it. The video doesn't work. Could you repost it?

    By Anonymous Nila, At February 23, 2010 at 1:45 AM  

  • Hi Nila and other readers interested in this video! Blogger has been having issues with videos lately, so if you find one that you want to see, send me a comment on that post and I can republish it which makes the video work for about a day. Until blogger gets this issue resolved, that's the best I can do. So give it a try now. If it doesn't work, send me another comment and include your email address. If you comment anonymously, I cannot reply to you!

    Sorry for the inconvenience!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At February 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

  • Great pattern and great video. My dishcloth came out great! It looks great on both sides, which is neat. Also, thanks for the link to the tunisian jacket pattern, it is fabulous!!

    By Blogger Lynn, At August 18, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

  • Great video! This helped me with the triangles of entrelac, as well. Thanks, so much!

    By Blogger Linda, At October 19, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

  • After a 15 or so year vacation from crocheting I found myself wanting to crochet again. Oh my, how times have changed...internet is like a kid in a candy shop. I stumbled onto the Tunisian style and have was so happy to find your tutorial for the dishcloth. I made my first today and just want to send you a great big thank you!

    By Anonymous Mhari, At October 24, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

  • Thank you so much. Your video was a wonderful help showing me where to pick up sts. When I joined the sixth to the first wedge, mine didn't look as nice as yours, so I laid the cloth flat right side up. I whipped them together joining the lines/bars from both sides making the sts look like all the other bars. Now I can hardly tell where the seam is. My crochet edge didn't look nice like yours, so I'm letting mine do without. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Peggy, At January 17, 2011 at 2:43 AM  

  • I had always wanted to learn Tunisian crochet and your tutorial was wonderful! I have made about a dozen dishcloths already and more to be done! Thank you for taking the time to put the tutorial together!

    By Blogger bkzmom, At January 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

  • First off, I want to thank you for all the great videos on Tunisian. However, I need help, I started an afgan using the tunisian stitch,it is curling up, what am I doing wrong? This is my first attemp at tunisian, and wanted a one color project to learn it. Not many patterns out there for this. Jacque

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

  • Hi, Anonymous (Jan 22, 2011)
    The curling is typical of Tunisian, particularly of beginners. There are two possible solutions:
    a) loosen up! ... meaning, try to do your stitches a bit less tense, and
    b) in most cases, when you finish your project, it will more or less have righted itself, and maybe a bit of the original edge still curls; then you might try blocking it or adding a piece of fabric, rather like an area rug...
    All the best,

    By Blogger Wendy, At January 22, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

  • Loved all the tutorials and especially the video for the dishcloth. Mine came out beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    By Anonymous Rooksana, At March 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

  • Thank you for the guidelines. I showed it to my wife and she is now hooked with your blog.

    By Anonymous Lester - Adult Tricycle, At April 6, 2011 at 6:59 AM  

  • Mary Grace, Thank you for such a thorough tutorial. From start to finish!! I love this pattern and if made larger,think it would make a nice hot pad or placemat. Gee, if made as a set, would make a really nice gift, thanks for the idea!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM  

  • Love your blog. Do you do a tutorial/pattern for you square dish cloth? I would love to learn how to make that one. Thank you. Dawn vermont66@yahoo.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM  

  • Hi,

    If I wanted to use your pattern for a animal blanket, how many stitches would I need, using a 6mm hook.

    Thank you,

    PS..If you cant answer (like last time) heres my email...snugsy01@gmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM  

  • thank you so much i would never have figured it out without the video! visual learner. great tutorail

    By Blogger soyldp, At July 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM  

  • Hi, Mary Grace. Isn't it wonderful how stuff posted on the 'net seems to have a life of its own? I see you posted your tutorial back in 2009 and here it is 2013 and folks are still using it and posting about it on Ravelry!

    I've made many of these cloths and love Tunisian crochet projects. I was just thinking that it might be a good thing to link to a video of Tunisian Simple Stitch as an intro to this cloth. I've found that there is a huge difference in the way TKS and TSS cloths feel. I used the TKS to make some of Khebhin Gibbons' square mitered cloths and found they were quite thick enough to use a potholders!

    Anyway, I always enjoy watching tutorials just in case I pick up some tips I may not have encountered before. Thanks for the videos and taking the time to maintain your site for the rest of us!

    By Blogger Sande Francis, At October 16, 2013 at 3:29 AM  

  • Hello,
    It is a great tutorial.
    Love your tunisian dishcloths.
    Than ks for sharing.

    By Blogger Carmiña, At December 1, 2013 at 5:26 AM  

  • I can't seem to get the video to work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 14, 2015 at 11:07 AM  

  • Hi Anonymous! I have heard that some videos don't work on certain devices. I would recommend you give it a try on a laptop or desk computer using Firefox or Internet Explorer and see if that helps. From my end, the video seems to be working fine.

    Thanks for writing!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At February 14, 2015 at 1:17 PM  

  • Wow, this is so beautiful! Tunisian crochet was very hard for me to learn, but it's very good looking. I prefer cleaning with homemade cleaning products and the perfect addition to them are handmade cloths. I think their cleaning abilities are much better than of any store-bought cleaning cloth. Thank you for the video, it's very helpful and thank you for sharing this beauty!

    By Anonymous Lilly Marlay, At June 25, 2015 at 10:37 AM  

  • Link to rainbow Tunisian jacket is dead...no longer posted/available.
    PS...my daughter is MaryGrace (one word). Such a beautiful name!

    By Blogger Unknown, At February 6, 2016 at 12:12 AM  

  • I enjoyed watching your video on tuisdian purl stitch. I can knit and crochet proficiently and was beginning to doubt whether I would ever get the hang of Tunisian crochet. Your video was exceptionally well done. I can't find any more for this style of crochet? Are yours still available please? Thanks Gill

    By Blogger Applegate Cottage Quilts., At September 25, 2017 at 5:26 AM  

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