INCREASING AND DECREASING IN TUNISIAN CROCHET

LEARN HOW TO INCREASE AND DECREASE IN TUNISIAN CROCHET


We have come a long way since we started our journey in Tunisian crochet, have we not? You are probably already joyfully “Tunisian-ing” away, creating many beautiful projects and looking up all the beautiful Tunisian stitches online and on books – don’t worry: I’ll give you plenty to practice with myself here J -, thinking you have got the grip on Tunisian crochet by now – and you do! But there are still a few things you need to learn to be able to master the technique completely and one of these is by all means learning how to INCREASE and DECREASE in Tunisian crochet.

There are several useful ways to increase and decrease in Tunisian Crochet. They all happen in the Forward Pass, while the Reverse Pass is always performed as usual. Here are the most common techniques (shown on a Tunisian Simple Stitch basis):

HOW TO INCREASE IN TUNISIAN CROCHET


#1. YARN OVER Method: to increase, yarn over, then proceed working the pattern as usual, inserting the hook under the next Vertical Bar and pulling up a loop. The yarn over will appear on the hook as a new loop/stitch. 

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#2. FULL STITCH Method: to increase, insert the hook in the space between Vertical Bars, as in Tunisian Full Stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. Then proceed working the pattern as usual.

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#3. HORIZONTAL BAR Method: to increase, insert the hook under a Vertical Bar AND through the 1st of two Horizontal Bars adjacent to it. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Then proceed working under the very same Vertical Bar only again, pulling up a loop.

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#4. BACK “BUMP” Method: to increase, insert the hook under the Back “Bump” (right behind the Vertical Bar you are supposed to be working in), yarn over and pull up a loop. Proceed working under the same Vertical Bar (you have just worked in its Back “Bump”) as usual. 

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#5. BACK AND FRONT BAR Method: to increase, insert the hook (from front to back) under the Back Bar of a stitch, bringing it to the front, yarn over and pull up a loop. Then proceed working in the same stitch as usual, inserting the hook under its Vertical Bar and pulling up a loop.

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You will find all of the above Increase Methods explained in my YouTube video HERE.



You can also make “special” increases at both sides of your work, thus drastically changing the form of it.

RIGHT EDGE INCREASE: right before a FP, make a chain in the number of stitches you need to add to your pattern, then proceed pulling up loops from the chain (starting from the 2nd chain from the hook), as for a Foundation Row, until you reach the main piece. Then proceed pulling up loops from the Vertical Bars of the main piece, including the edge bar.

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LEFT EDGE INCREASE: at the end of the FP, at the left edge, proceed adding loops as shown in the first photo below (just like a “thumb-cast-on” in knitting), tightening the loops as you add them. Then perform a standard RP and proceed working the pattern as usual.

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Tunisian Crochet Increase


Find the video tutorial for right and left side increase HERE.



HOW TO DECREASE IN TUNISIAN CROCHET


SKIPPING A STITCH Method: to decrease, skip the Vertical Bar you are supposed to be working in and proceed working directly under the next, pulling up a loop. 

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2 TOGETHER Method: to decrease, insert the hook under 2 Vertical Bars together (the one you are supposed to be working in and the one right after it), yarn over and pull up a loop. Then proceed working the rest of the stitches as usual.

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See both Decrease methods in my video tutorial HERE.



This might have seemed like a dense lesson today: so many things to learn! But don’t worry: with the help of my video tutorials it will all look so much easier (yes, sometimes words make it all look more complicated than it actually is!) Once you’ve mastered the Increase and Decrease methods listed here, your knowledge on Tunisian crochet is almost complete. And there’s a prize for you on the way for your hard efforts. And it’s FREE. Make sure you don’t miss the next blog post to collect it!

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