Tunisian Crochet Decrease – 5 Ways How to do it Easily

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This is a free tutorial to learn how to decrease Tunisian Crochet Stitches easily in 5 different ways. The tutorial has both step-by-step photos and a video tutorial.


If you tried Tunisian Crochet before, then this basic tutorial is a must-know for all crocheters. Knowing how to decrease in Tunisian Crochet allows you to shape a project to create different styles.

In this quick, but detailed tutorial, I’ll break down 5 different but easy ways to decrease easily in Tunisian Crochet using basic Tunisian Crochet stitches.

In fact, you can use this technique in combination with Tunisian Crochet increases to create lace textures.

Now, are you ready to learn these 5 different ways to decrease?

5 ways to decrease in Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet Stitches

Tunisian Crochet typically requires a special crochet hook. It’s either much longer than a normal crochet hook or has a cord. Furthermore, Tunisian Crochet Hooks do not come in any ergonomic style due to the way they are being used. You’ll be picking up stitches in the forward path – looks like knitting – and crocheting the stitches off in the reverse path.

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You typically do not turn in your work, so it can create some curling. But you can read here how to prevent the curl.

Here are a few Tunisian crochet hooks I love and recommend:

Decrease Tunisian Crochet – Video Tutorial

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How to: Tunisian Crochet Decrease
– Photo Tutorial

In order to see the 5 different ways in more detail, be sure to check out both the video and photo tutorial to understand it the best.

Let’s grab your crochet hook – I used a 6.05mm Clover Tunisian Hook – and your yarn – I used a worsted weighted yarn – to practice these different ways to decrease in Tunisian Crochet.

1. Decrease: Skip a Stitch

This is the easiest way to decrease a stitch in Tunisian Crochet. Simply skip a stitch and keep crocheting. The pen is pointing at the skipped stitch.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - Skip a Stitch

2. Decrease: Combine 2 stitches

Using the Tunisian Simple Stitches (TSS) as an example, you simply go through both front vertical bars of the next 2 stitches, then yarn over and pull through both bars. You will not have a TSS decrease.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - Combine 2 stitches

3. Decrease: Combine TSS and TKS

Another way to decrease is to combine a Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) with a Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS). Insert your hook through the vertical bar of the first stitch, then go through both the front and back vertical bar of the next stitch and pull up a loop.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - Combine TSS and TKS

You now made a decrease and it looks like the image below.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - Combine TSS and TKS

4. Decrease: Slip Stitch

Another easy way to decrease a Tunisian Stitch, typically done at the beginning of a forward path row, is to crochet a slip stitch and then keep crocheting.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - Slip Stitch

5. Decrease: While Crocheting the Reverse Path

You can also decrease while crocheting in the reverse path, by pulling through 3 loops instead of 2. Sometimes this technique is combined with the “decreasing 2 stitches” technique in the following forward path.

Tunisian Decreases Tutorial - While Crocheting the Reverse Path

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