Shaping & changing colors in Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian crochet is a very rich technique, and there are a lot of different ways to shape your work and change colors. 
 
The ways I will be showing you here are only my preferred methods, but Tunisian crochet patterns usually specify how to process. 
 
This section will be updated regularly with other techniques, so don't hesitate to tell me if you have questions or thoughts!
 
For this tutorial, we will be using the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Here I just worked a few rows.
 

How to increase?

One of the ways to increase in Tunisian Simple Stitch is between to vertical bars when you work your forward pass.
In this example, I increased right after the second stitch of the row.
The return pass is then a classic Tunisian Simple Stitch return pass. Work your end stitch, and take the loops off your hook two by two.
 
You can see below how the work is starting to increase row after rows.

How to decrease?

In this tutorial, we will decrease in the Forward Pass. To do so, simply insert your hook under the next 2 vertical bars, and pull up a loop, making sure to keep it on your hook. You can see instantly how the stitches are pulled together.
Here, you can see how the sample looks after decreasing for a few rows.

How to change colors?

Note: I will only show you how to change colors at the beginning, or at the end of a row. I will post about Colorwork in the future.

When changing color at the beginning of the row, simply yarn over with the new color when there are only 2 loops left on your hook, and pull through these 2 loops. Start your next row with your new color.

Note: when you change color, make sure that the two colors cross on the back of your work, this will avoid making holes in your work.

When changing color at the end of the row, simply work your end stitch with your new color, and work your return pass.

The effect of color changes vary according to the stitch you're working with. Don't hesitate to try out different techniques, and mix them up to get the most interesting results! 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any question, or wishes for next tutorials, please don't hesitate to drop them in the comments.

 

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