Increases and Decreases in Tunisian Simple Stitch

Ahh, Tunisian. It’s like the bastard child of knitting and crochet. Like knochet… critting … I guess we’ll stick with Tunisian.

Tunisian simple stitch combines all the solidity of crochet with the flat smooth feel of knitted fabric while creating a dual texture: woven-looking on one side and nubby (somewhat garter-stitch-esque) on the other. If you have never tried Tunisian crochet I highly recommend experimenting with it. If you need a good guide to learning it, check out this tutorial from the Crochet Spot.

The best crochet washcloth I ever made was with Tunisian Simple Stitch and a vintage terrycloth boucle yarn. I will never again crochet a washcloth that is not Tunisian stitch. That’s how good this thing is.

You don’t even need to run out and buy a special Tunisian hook, at least not for experimentingI made that washcloth using a regular crochet hook with a wine cork jammed on the end. After all, the cork already had a hole from the corkscrew.  What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Tunisian Increase

I had some trouble locating a quick photo guide to increasing and decreasing in Tunisian simple stitch the other day, so I jumped to provide. The extended instructions are below. Hope it inspires you!

Tunisian Increase 1

Both increases and decreases are made on the forward pass of Tunisian simple stitch.

Tunisian Increase 2Increases are placed between two vertical bars (shown highlighted in green) on the forward pass. Insert the hook into the gap (shown circled) wherever you wish to place the increase.

Tunisian Increase 3

After inserting the hook through the gap as shown, draw up a loop to keep on the hook as you would if you were working one of the vertical bars.

Tunisian Increase 4

Continue to work the row as normal (make sure you don’t miss the vertical bar right after the increase!)

Tunisian Increase 5Shown above is the forward pass, with the increase stitch highlighted in blue. Once you finish the forward pass, work the return pass as normal.

Tunisian Increase 6Shown above is the swatch with the increase stitch highlighted in blue.

Tunisian Decrease

Tunisian Decrease 1

Decreases are placed by combining two vertical bars on the forward pass.

Tunisian Decrease 2

Insert the hook under two vertical bars at once.

Tunisian Decrease 3Yarn over and draw the loop through both bars. Continue the forward pass as usual.

Tunisian Decrease 4Shown above is the swatch with the decreased stitch highlighted in green.

You can also make a decrease in Tunisian simple stitch by merely skipping one vertical bar, but I don’t prefer this method. Enjoy knitchet croshit … uh, stitching.

-MF

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3 thoughts on “Increases and Decreases in Tunisian Simple Stitch

  1. Pingback: Tunisian Crochet Fantasy Hood | Morale Fiber

  2. Very helpful I’m using this to make a shaped ear warmer for the boyfriend. (Altering the “my husband’s ear warmer” pattern) and very funny. I got a kick out of reading your post.

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