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How to Decrease in Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 6)

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If you are ready to start decreasing your Tunisian piece and have questions or concerns… this tutorial is for you! There are a couple of ways to decrease Tunisian Crochet, so let’s dive right in and learn all there is to know about decreasing in Tunisian. Follow along with the video tutorial below!

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How to Decrease in Tunisian Crochet

Decreasing in Tunisian Crochet is as simple as removing one of the loops from your hook. How you remove that loop makes a slight difference in the look of the stitch later on. You can make it as inconspicuous as possible, or you could turn it a design element.

This is the 6th and final week of the Advanced Tunisian Crochet Workshop. During these six weeks we have learned SO MANY techniques, tips, and tricks. I hope you have loved this workshop as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch in a Flat Row of Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 1)

Complete Guide to Changing Colors in Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 2)

Tunisian Crochet in the Round (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 3)

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch in a Round of Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 4)

How to Increase in Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 5)

As we learned in the Tunisian Basics Cal and in the Ultimate Guide to Tunisian Crochet, each Tunisian Crochet row is made up of two parts: the Forward Pass (where all of the loops are added onto our hook) and a Backward Pass (where we knock those loops back off the hook).

To decrease in Tunisian crochet you can either go through extra loop(s) in the forward pass OR you can pull through an additional loop in the Backward Pass. Sound easy? That’s because it is!

The most important thing to remember is that if you decrease in the Forward Pass, treat the Backward Pass as normal. Conversely… if you plan to decrease in the Backward Pass, treat the Forward Pass as normal.

tunisian increasing tutorial

To demonstrate and practice decreasing we are working up a few of these cute little Tunisian crochet leaves. Last week we did the first half of the leaf where we increased to grow the width, then we did several rows of solid Tunisian Simple Stitch. Now we are ready to do some decreasing that will shape the top part of the leaf.

When making your leaves try decreasing in the Forward Pass on some, then decrease in the Backward Pass in others. It helps to see the differences up close so you can decide which method you like best.

I even made a hot pad or trivet n the shape of a leaf using macrame cord! I used a 10 mm crochet hook and followed the exact pattern for the “Chevron Style Shaping” leaf included below… isn’t it cute?!

There is a VIDEO tutorial for decreasing Tunisian below…

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn (acrylic or cotton)

Long crochet hook in size 8mm (doesn’t necessarily have to be Tunisian)

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

Increase = pulling up a loop in any manner

Decrease = removing a loop in either Forward Pass or Backward Pass

ES = Edge Stitch (aka Outside Stitch)

Leaf using Chevron Style Shaping:

Fsc-5 (this is the stem, foundation stitches are technically Tunisian stitches!)

Row 1: YO, TSS in ES. Return Pass (3)

Row 2: Inc (using whichever of the methods you like, here and throughout), TSS, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (5)

Row 3: TSS, Inc, TSS, Inc, TSS, ES. Return Pass. (7)

Row 4: TSS 2X, Inc, TSS, Inc, TSS 2X, ES. Return Pass. (9)

Row 5: TSS 3X, Inc, TSS, Inc, TSS 3X, ES. Return Pass. (11)

Row 6: TSS 4X, Inc, TSS, Inc, TSS 4X, ES. Return Pass. (13)

Rows 7 – 11: TSS across. Return Pass. (13)

Picking back up here…

Row 12: TSS 3X, Dec, TSS, Dec, TSS 3X, ES. Return Pass. (11)

Row 13: TSS 2X, Dec, TSS, Dec, TSS 2X, ES. Return Pass. (9)

Row 14: TSS 1X, Dec, TSS, Dec, TSS 1X, ES. Return Pass. (7)

Row 15: Dec, TSS, Dec, ES. Return Pass. (5)

Row 16: Dec3tog, ES. YO pull through 3 loops. (3)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leaf using Outside Only Shaping:

Fsc-5 (this is the stem, foundation stitches are technically Tunisian stitches!)

Row 1: YO, TSS in ES. Return Pass. (3)

Row 2: Inc, TSS, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (5)

Row 3: Inc, TSS 3X, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (7)

Row 4: Inc, TSS 5X, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (9)

Row 5: Inc, TSS 7X, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (11)

Row 6: Inc, TSS 9X, Inc, ES. Return Pass. (13)

Rows 7 – 11: TSS across. ES. Return Pass. (13)

Picking back up here…

Row 12: TSS across, ES. Return Pass: Ch-1, YO pull through 3 loops, YO pull through two loops until four loops remain, YO pull through three loops, YO pull through two loops. (11)

Row 13: TSS across, ES. Return Pass as in row 12. (9)

Row 14: TSS across, ES. Return Pass as in row 12. (7)

Row 15: TSS across, ES. Return Pass as in row 12. (5)

Row 16: TSS across, ES. Return Pass: YO pull through four loops, YO pull through two loops. (3)

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Tunisian Leaves Video Tutorial (Part 2):

If you would rather watch on YouTube, you can find this video on my YouTube channel here. Subscribe while you’re there! 🧶

 

I hope you loved this Advanced Tunisian Crochet Workshop and that you feel confident in your abilities to follow any pattern or free-hand any style you desire. Next week I’ll share a brand NEW crochet pattern using Tunisian Crochet that features almost all of the techniques we’ve learned so far.

I took one of the most-loved crochet stitches from the Tunisian Basics Crochet-Along and designed a super chic, super HOT-RIGHT-NOW accessory that you are going to absolutely love! 💓

Decrease Tunisian Crochet stitches tutorial

More Tunisian and crochet tutorials:

Tunisian Basics Crochet-Along

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch in a Flat Row of Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 1)

How to Crochet the Tunisian Half Double Crochet Stitch

Complete Guide to Changing Colors in Tunisian Crochet (Advanced Tunisian Workshop Week 2)

Tiny Clusters Tunisian Crochet Tutorial

Tunisian Crochet Hooks Guide

Wisteria Wrap: Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern

The Bee’s Knees Face Cloth: Free Crochet Pattern

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