Afghan Crochet

Afghan Crochet

The Afghan Crochet Stitch has a variety of alternative names – Tunisian crochet, Tricot crochet, Shepherds crochet, Hook knitting, and Railroad knitting.

There are many variations that differ in appearance from each other. Despite it’s name, this stitch isn’t used exclusively for Afghans, nor are Afghans made using only this stitch. Tunisian Crochet is similar to knitting in that all loops in a row are held on the hook at once. This stitch also differs from regular crochet stitches because the rows are worked in two halves. Unlike regular crochet, where you work each individual stitch to a point where only one loop remains on the hook, before continuing on to the next stitch, with Afghan stitch you work a whole row of stitches onto the hook, and then work that same row of stitches off the hook.This stitch has many variations that look very different from each other.

<img src=””>Because of the way the rows are constructed, a unique hook is required. Afghan crochet hooks are longer than regular crochet hooks and have a stopper on the end to keep the stitches from slipping off. There’s also one available that consists of a crochet hook on each end joined by a flexible line in the middle. These are ideal for making rugs because they hold more stitches. Most patterns will stipulate the best suited hook length for that design, if unsure, check the measurement of the piece you’re about to make. Choose a hook that is a little longer than the width of your piece.

The stitches are more like knitting than regular crochet stitches, except Afghan Crochet fabric is firmer and thicker than knitted fabric. It produces this heavier effect because it uses a lot more yarn. You can use this stitch to make anything from rugs, floor mats & wall hangings, to sweaters, shoulder bags, baby items, coats and accessories. The stitches are square shaped, which suits the bulky yarn, and are perfect for making multicolored designs.

<img src=””>For Afghan Baby Crochet, a lighter weight yarn is more suitable.  Baby designs may be worked in baby yarn to produce that soft effect.

Choose a smaller hook suitable for the weight of the material you’ve chosen, if you wish to crochet in finer yarn or cotton using Tunisian Crochet Stitch. There is a page on my Learn How To Crochet website showing conversion tables and hook size compatibility etc. – Equivalency Tables


Happy Crocheting




Hello, my name is Michelle. I live with my family, pet galah, and goldfish in a small town in Australia. I devote myself full time to building my website, having retired from my florist business. The purpose of my website is to share a love of crochet and to offer free information and patterns on our favorite hobby.

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