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 free tutorial for beginners on my blog for Tunisian Simple Stitch or my free tutorials for Tunisian Knit Stitch.

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.

So, lets get started!

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.


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  1. 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.

  2. Thank you so much. I have been looking for days on how to do this. Using a regular crochet sweater pattern but using the Tunisian stitch instead and was stumped on how to decrease for sleeves and shoulders. Now I can finish my grand nephew’s Christmas present. You are a Godsend.

    1. Thank you so much, I am so glad you found it helpful! I had the same experience, searching for how to do these techniques and found almost no tutorials, so I decided to make one 🙂 Yay, good luck on your sweater!

  3. Im unable to find a tunisian crochet afghan pattern. I made it for my mom 30 years ago amd wamted to make another one. I cam send a picture dont rememner the name

    1. Hi Nancy! I love Tunisian a lot but I doubt I’ll be able to identify an afghan from 30 years ago 😉 I’d have been 2 years old then 😀 lol! Good luck on your search!

  4. About your variations on the words crochet and knitting… In Swedish tunisian ia called krokning, it can be translated to “hooking” 🙂

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