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

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Are you ready to start shaping your Tunisian Crochet projects? Whether you’re following a pattern or free-handing your next piece, you’ll need to know how to increase Tunisian stitches. This guide to increasing Tunisian Crochet is sure to have all of the information you’ll ever need. Learn with this in-depth written AND video tutorial!

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How to Increase in Tunisian Crochet

Increasing in Tunisian Crochet is as easy as adding an extra loop to your hook. How you get that loop onto your hook makes all the difference in how that stitch will look later on.

This is the 5th week in the Advanced Tunisian Crochet Workshop. During these six weeks we are learning all there is to know about advanced Tunisian crochet techniques. Ain’t no shame in upping our Tunisian game! 😉

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 increase in Tunisian you must add an additional loop on the Forward Pass. It’s as simple as that. That’s not to say that there isn’t a finesse or a best way to add these loops to be as unnoticeable as possible.

tunisian increasing tutorial

Where you place that increase (extra loop) does NOT matter to the overall stitch count but it DOES matter how it looks in a finished item. Increasing one way can leave a small hole in that spot, while increasing a different way may be nearly invisible.

Above is the Tunisian Chevron baby blanket pattern. This is a free pattern that uses yarn overs to create the chevron waves. Below is the Honeycomb Shawl. This is a free Tunisian triangle shawl pattern that increases using a yarn over before creating the the very first of the row, as seen along the right edge.

Tunisian Crochet Increases

We know that each Tunisian crochet stitch consists of one vertical loop including a front vertical bar and a back vertical bar. We also know that each vertical stitch has a chain running through it which was created in the previous row’s Backward Pass. There are FIVE bars total in each Tunisian Stitch: two vertical bars and three horizontal bars.

parts of a tunisian crochet stitch

You can increase in ANY of these bars OR in the space around the stitch OR as a simple yarn over before making the following stitch. That’s a lot of ways! Let’s discuss the merits of each in more detail below.

Increase in Tunisian Crochet by pulling up an extra loop using the…

—Yarn over method. Simply yarn over (adding one loop) before picking up the next “normal” stitch – or whatever stitch you’re using in the project. This can leave a small hole where that increase was made. On the following row, this loop will sit at a diagonal and may be harder to spot depending on the stitch used.

—Space between stitches (before or after the two vertical bars). This is technically a Full Stitch but when used in any stitch other than the Full Stitch it creates an increase.

—Front vertical bar only. This is technically a Simple Stitch but when used in any stitch other than Simple Stitch it creates an increase. One of the easiest ways to increase.

—Back vertical bar only. This is technically a Reverse Stitch but, as with the others, when used in any stitch other than Reverse Stitch it creates an increase. This bar can be tricky to get into depending on the stitch you’re using.

—Upper bar loop only. Pull up a loop using the upper bar from the previous row’s backward pass. This is very easy to get into and looks great using a multitude of stitches – particularly the Purl stitch.

—Lower bar of previous row’s Backward Pass. Pull up a loop using that lower bar from the previous row. With this bar it can be tricky to get your hook inserted.

—Back Bar (top bump) of previous row’s Backward Pass. By pulling up a loop in the back horizontal bar you are adding a stitch as high up as is you possiblly can.

No matter what method you use to add the extra loop to your hook… the Backward pass will be the same as normal. If you’re yarning over and pulling through two, then you’ll do that for each loop added in the Forward Pass.

Tunisian Increasing Practice Patterns

In this tutorial I have included a couple of different leaf patterns to practice increasing. Let’s make some lovely fall themed leaves, shall we? You can make these using a cotton yarn to use as coasters, or with acrylic or any other yarn to make a bunting or other fun festive item.

In these pattens I have only included the word “increase” where necessary. Feel free to make several of these leaves using the various bars of the stitch or methods of increasing discussed above. Make one using yarn overs where it says “increase”, then make another one using the upper bar loop only, then try one using the space between the stitches… see which method you prefer and which looks best to you.

tunisian crochet leaves pattern

There is a VIDEO tutorial for this technique 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 discussed above

ES = Edge Stitch (aka Outside Stitch)

Leaf using Chevron Style Increasing:

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)

Do not fasten off … note that the second half of the leaf pattern will be published next week when we learn how to decrease. 🧶🙌

Leaf using Outside Only Increasing:

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)

Do not fasten off … note that the second half of the leaf pattern will be published next week when we learn how to decrease.

Tunisian Leaves Video Tutorial:

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

 

Come back next week with your half-finished leaves and we’ll finish them off! You may find it helpful to mark each leaf as you make it noting which type of increase you did so that you know how each look used looks when finished. Isn’t that interesting!?

Increasing in Tunisian Crochet really is pretty simple. The hard part is finding out where to place the increase to look the best with the stitch that you are using but playing around with that can be the best part.

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Which method do you prefer? Make sure to come back next week so we can finish our leaves!

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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