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Afghan or Tunisian Crochet – Purl Stitch or How to Stop the Curl

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How do knitters control the knitting curl? They use a row or two of the purl stitch as the beginning and ending edge of an article or panel. The same thing can be accomplished with the Afghan or Tunisian Crochet Purl Stitch.

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Use the purl stitch in your foundation row and the first row or the second and third rows of your project. Just be sure to finish the same way to create a consistent edge.

To work a Purl Stitch:

Note: Hook is always behind the yarn.

1. Cast on – *With yarn in front of hook, insert hook under vertical bar, hold front loop down with your thumb, yo and pull through adding loop to afghan hook; repeat from * across row. Yarn wraps around front of vertical bar.

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2. Cast off - *Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * across row.

To Stop Curl:

Make the foundation and first rows using the Purl Stitch. End the panel with two rows of the Purl Stitch. Bind off with a single crochet or slip stitch.

Since it can be a little awkward working a foundation row with the purl stitch, instead cast on using a basic afghan stitch for the foundation row. Then work the next two rows using the purl stitch. Repeat at the end of the item or panel. Bind off with a single crochet or slip stitch.

Video: Simple & Sensational™ - Purl Stitch or How to Stop the Curl

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Tanis learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet™ at a class presented by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. For the next 14 years she experimented with this technique – creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. Tanis is an award-winning crocheter, an experienced teacher and a bestselling crochet author. She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and has a CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques.

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