As I mentioned before, I’m working on a new tunisian crochet triangle shawl pattern right now. Although I’ve already completed the shawl, I’ve been working on a second one in a different yarn weight for the last days. We all know that no matter what kind of triangle we’re working on – top down, bottom up, tip to edge or tip to tip – we have to deal with increases and decreases all the time. And like many times before I realized again that in tunisian crochet, there isn’t a thing like the one right way to increase or decrease, but there are several ways.
Some have side effects that can be welcome or not, and for sure every crocheter has her own belief on which increase were the best of all. In general, you can insert your increases wherever necessary: at the beginning, in the middle of a row or at its end. Just keep in mind that the position of an increase has impact on the the appearance of your crochet (but that’s another story).
When it comes to the pictures that I made for demonstration, I admit it was the first time that I’ve done such a tutorial-like kind of thing, and the set-up for the shooting was pretty improvised (as was the nail polish I swung over my unmade nails in less than a second). I hope the pictures are helpful anyway!
1. Increase with a simple yarn over:
I took the picture this morning because yesterday I totally forgot about the yarn over increase. From my fingernails you can see that I’ve been to the playground later that day. Guess this is the most simple yarn over and many will know it from knitting.
To increase, yarn over and work the next stitch (tunisian knit sitch in the picture) as usual. On the return pass, work the yarn over like a normal stitch.
This increase will create a hole in your fabric. While this could be intended in some occassions, most often you’ll prefer a different, more decent increase.
2. Increase between two stitches
To increase, insert hook from front to back under the complete back bone (the middle bar you created with the previous return pass and which runs through all of your stitches), and pull up a loop.
Like the yarn over increase, this increase can create a small gap in your fabric.
3. Increase by adding a stitch behind the back vertical bar.
In tunisian crochet you always have a front and a back vertical bar in each stitch, that you create with your various stitches on every forward pass. To create a normal stitch in tunisian simple stitch or tunisian knit stitch, you would insert your needle between front and back bar.
To increase, insert your needle from the front to the back behind front and back vertical bar and again to front (the same that you would do in the tunisian simple stitch with the front vertical bar only). If you wouldn’t go back front, then you would end up with creating a yarn over only!
In a row, the increase will appear like this:
4. Increase through middle bar
To increase, insert your hook between two stitches from front to back right through the back bone (=middle bar created by return pass). If you want to have it especially decent, go through the back hump of the middle bar only (not shown).
I find both the last two increases very decent in the fabric. However, if you have to deal with many increases and more complicated stitch patterns, you might fall back on the easier increases I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
During the next days, I want to show you some ways of decreasing as well. Fortunately the possibilities are a little bit more limited here.
Do I have forgotten an increase ? Did you find a mistake or a some errors in terminology? Please let me know your opinion in the comments!