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What makes an EASY Tunisian Crochet GIFT idea?

a pile of spiral crochet face scrubbies, piled from dark (at the bottom) to light (at the top)


Looking for an easy Tunisian Crochet gift pattern? Look no further!


If you want to make a handmade gift, but you’re short of time AND yarn, then this nautical-themed, easy Tunisian Crochet gift pattern is just what you need.

Grab some left-over scraps, root out your trusty 5 mm (H) hook and let’s get started!

What Makes This a Good Gift?

Crochet scrubbies are an eco-friendly alternative to cotton circles/make-up removers.

They are infinitely re-usable so they reduce waste.

These scubbies have a soft side for gentle cleansing and a more textured side for stubborn make-up. They are machine washable, too. Each little scrubbie uses just 10 m of Cotton DK weight yarn.

Make them with a 5 mm (H) hook.
You’ll find the free pattern below.

An Easy Tunisian Crochet pattern to make on a budget. Brown, Tan, Stone and White spirals of Tunisian crochet lie together on a white surface.

They’re also very cute, and piled up high would make a great gift for a friend or welcoming touch in a guest bathroom.

If you’d like to make them to sell, please be sure to credit Aoibhe Ni as the designer on the label and add my web address (www.YarnTowers.com)

Right, so let’s get stuck in!

Tunisian Crochet Sea Shell Scrubbies

ESSENTIAL PATTERN INFO
Yarn Used: Paintbox Cotton DK (approx 10 m each)
Colours used: Coffee Bean, Soft Fudge, Vanilla Cream, Light Champagne

Hook: 5 mm crochet (H)
Even though this is a Tunisian Crochet pattern, a regular length hook is all you'll need)

Size: Across its widest point, each scrubbie is 9 cm / 3 1/2 in

Abbreviations:
ch        chain
ss        slip stitch
dc        double crochet
ch-4 loop chain 4 loop (the loop at the centre of the scrubbie)
- 5 sts   stitch count
YO        Yarn Over
st        stitch
[2 dc]    [] are used to identify all the stitches in an increase/cluster
**        repeat the instructions located between *asterisks* the number of times specified in pattern.

Note: This pattern is written using UK stitch terms.
For US users: UK dc = US sc   and   UK tr = US dc

To Begin:

Make 4 chains, then work 1 ss into the chain farthest from the hook to make a circle.
This circle will be the centre of your scrubbie.

Round 1.

Make 1 ch, then into the ch-4 loop work 3 dc,
(Place a lockable stitch marker in the 1st dc worked. It’ll come in handy later)

1 tr,
Note: The treble crochet stitch (US double crochet) you have just completed has a diagonal line of yarn on its surface. This is the Yarn Over you made at the beginning of the stitch.

Work hook into that Yarn Over, then YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook

Examine the st you have just completed.
There is a line half way down its length on the Right Side of your work (the “Right Side” is the side facing you).

Work hook into that line, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
Work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook

Making stitches with 2 lines


YO hook, then work hook into the line visible on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook

**Work hook into the Yarn Over from the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
Then work hook into the line visible on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
Work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook** repeat this section one more time.

Making stitches with 3 lines


YO hook, then work hook into the nearest line on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
Then work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook.
work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook

**Work hook into the Yarn Over from the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook
Work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook** repeat this section one more time.

Making stitches with 4 lines

YO hook, then work hook into the nearest line on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook.
Then work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook.
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook.
Work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 6 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook

**Work hook into the Yarn Over from the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
Then work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook
Work hook into ch-4 loop, YO and draw up a loop – 6 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook** repeat this section one more time.

Count Your Stitches

Counting Stitches (or Rows) in Tunisian Crochet is very similar to counting them in traditional crochet.
Look at the edge of your crochet until you see the tell-tale V-shape that crochet stitches usually have on their tops. Count those around the outer edge of your scrubbie.

Right now, your count should be 15.

Hands hold a growing half spiral of tan crochet over a white table top scattered with completed Tunisian crochet spirals
Round 1 complete.

Round 2.

Now, it is time to start increasing as we crochet.
Increasing will help keep the scrubbie flat and stop it from turning into a bowl shape.

**Work hook into the nearest line on the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
Then work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 3 loops on hook
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 4 loops on hook
Work hook into the next line down on previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 5 loops on hook
Work hook into the first dc of Round 1 (It’s marked with a lockable stitch marker. Remove marker before continuing), YO and draw up a loop – 6 loops on hook.
*YO, draw through 2 loops* repeatedly until 1 loop remains on hook** three times in total

NOTE: This section tells you to work ALL THREE of the above repeats into the FIRST dc st of Round 1.
This means the second and third time you pick up a loop in the scrubbie fabric, you will be doing it in the same stitch space as the first repeat.


Once done, your first 3-stitch cluster will be complete.

Using the above instructions as a guide, make the same 3-st cluster in the next 5 stitch spaces along.

Count Your Stitches

Once all 6 of the 3-st clusters are in place, count around the outer edge of your scrubbie.
Some stitches from the Round 1 have been covered by the stitches we have worked in Round 2.
The covered stitches should not be counted in the total.

Right now, your count should be 27.

hands hold a spiral teardrop shaped piece of tan Tunisian crochet over a white table top scattered with completed Tunisian crochet spirals
Round 2 complete.

Finish off your Crochet Gift.

Edge:

For the last little section, we revert back to traditional crochet.

You may have noticed, the last Tunisian Crochet stitch you made is always a little loose and wobbly. We are going to fix that now by working some UK double crochet stitches (That’s a single crochet in the US) into the edge of our stitch to fill it out and give it some strength.

Adding Double Crochet Stitches to your Tunisian Crochet Fabric

Work hook into the nearest line on the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
YO and draw through 2 loops – 1 loop on hook.
That’s our first double crochet complete.

*Work hook into the next line on the previous st, YO and draw up a loop – 2 loops on hook.
YO and draw through 2 loops – 1 loop on hook* repeat this two more times

Count Your Stitches

Laid out behind your hook, on the edge of your Tunisian Crochet, you will see a line of V-shapes.
Count those. You should have 4 in total.


a red hook holds one loop of light brown yarn. The Tunisian Crochet face scrubbie is almost complete, with four single crochet stitches added to the last row of Tunisian Crochet.

Complete your Tunisian Crochet Gift

Work 1 dc into the corner that is directly in front of your hook.
(There is a hole right in that corner that was made by the last 4-st cluster you worked. That’s an ideal spot of use.)

Then, working around the outer curve of the shell, work *[2 dc], 1 dc* 13 times

single crochet stitches being added to the curving edge of a tan spiral of Tunisian Crochet
half way through the dc edge of the scrubbie.

Into the st on the very corner of shell, make [2 dc].
Then, Bind Off and sew in ends securely.

The outer edge of a spiral piece of crochet has been completly covered in single crochet stitches.
the last [2 dc] in place, ready to be bound off.

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16 thoughts on “What makes an EASY Tunisian Crochet GIFT idea?

  1. Thank you for the pattern, Aoibhe! The scrubbies look very pretty and the tutorial is clear. As I am trying to learn Tunisian Crochet (and hopefully make one of your shawls), this will be good practice.

    1. You’re entirely welcome, Claire!
      If you need any further guidance, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here to help.

      1. Thank you, Aiobhe. I have made my first scrubbie! Could you please help with the folllowing? – In row 1, for the first of the 2 L1tr, is the base of the treble used as the ‘rung’ of the ladder? – Still in row 1, is the YO before the next Ltr the first ‘rung’? – Finally, my scrubbie is not very flat, what advice would you give? I used a bamboo+cotton DK yarn and a 4mm hook. Many thanks!

      2. First Question!

        To be honest, you can use any old loop on the side of the first treble as a “rung”.

        But for me, I use the Yarn Over I added to the hook at the start of the treble.

        If you make a treble and keep an eye on that Yarn Over from the very start you’ll see it becomes a diagonal piece of yarn on the surface of your treble when you’ve completed the stitch.

        That’s what I use to pick up my first loop.

        Second Question!
        Yes! 🙂

        The Yarn over you add to make the next set taller is the first rung. That is where you’ll pick up your next Ltr’s first loop.

        Third Question!

        Well, if your scrubbie is turning into a bowl, try adding an extra Ltr to each set of sts on Round 2. That will ensure there’s less tension around the outer rim.

        But it’s more than likely that your round of double crochet stitches on the outside is putting tension on your work.

        Firstly make sure you are working 2 dcs into one space, and 1 dc into the next, repeatedly. You might just be putting one dc in each space and that will make the edge tight.

        If you ARE adding all the stitches correctly then try giving the outer edge a bit of a stretch. Double crochets settle down and stay flat pretty well after that.

  2. Hello… Another beginner here! Your stitch count has me confused… Ending row 1 with 15 stitches: ok!
    Ending row 2 with 27 stitches? If I do 3 stitches in each of the 6 first stitches that’s 18 stitches. 18 plus 15 is 33 stitches… But if I do 2 stitches in each of the first 6, I end up with 12 plus 15 which is 27 stitches… So which should I do?
    Eva – who is also having a fight with the Ishrat hat (didn’t realise there was a gauge thing going on in Tunisian crochet…), but I’m determined that the 4th version will work! And who decided to do the Venus shawl with lace weight yarn… 800m in I realise a) it is still tiny and b) I will never finish it. So will be ripped and made with fingering weight yarn.

    1. Duh!
      Just realized my idiotic mistake… Of course it is correct as I use those 6 stitches to make the new stitches into…
      Note to self: don’t start new crafts at 9 pm after a long and hard day…
      You can delete both comments if you want!

  3. Thank you so much 😊

    1. Clairr??? No, Claire 😉

  4. What are the US terms for L(1,2,3) tr, please.

    1. Hi, Lee!
      Luckily, those terms are universal.

      If you’re already a Tunisian crocheter, an L1tr (Linked 1-line treble) is basically 1 TSS, with the end of the forward pass worked into the fabric you’ve already made, instead of into the previous row’s chain.

      If that’s all Greek to you, let me know, and I’ll happy do a post to explain the process in depth.

      1. Please do, I have been doing tunesian stitch for years and have no clue what this stitch is, thank you for your help 😊

      2. I’ll work on a full guide, but it’ll be a little while because I have looming deadlines right now, so for now, may I suggest you take a look at my hat pattern “Ishrat” which contains all the terminology, as well as a completely comprehensive video guide to the techniques I use.
        https://yarntowers.com/product/ishrat-crochet-and-knit-hat/

        You can get it free by signing up to my mailing list.
        https://yarntowers.com/contact/

      3. Clarification would be a great help here! <3 Just not really sure how many loops to pull up for the forward passes in the first part of the pattern!

      4. I’ll work on a full guide, but it’ll be a little while because I have looming deadlines right now, so for now, may I suggest you take a look at my hat pattern “Ishrat” which contains all the terminology, as well as a completely comprehensive video guide to the techniques I use.
        https://yarntowers.com/product/ishrat-crochet-and-knit-hat/

        You can get it free by signing up to my mailing list.
        https://yarntowers.com/contact/

  5. It took me four goes but I have cracked it! Thank you Aiobhe for your answers to my earlier questions 😊. My mini experience of Tunisian crochet makes me realise it is a different way of thinking; my understanding of what a stitch is has evolved. Enjoying the brain challenge 🧐

  6. I am a bit confused with round 1. I have the circle but not sure where to go from there. You mentioned L1tr is a TSS, but what bout L2tr, L3tr and L4tr. I am used to Tunisian crochet. Do the TSS stitches get worked into the tr stitch.

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