Tunisian crochet tutorial – Back Loop Increase

Have you mastered the Tunisian Rib Stitch? There are many ways to increase in Tunisian crochet but in this tutorial, you will see how you can add another Rib Stitch to your fabric using the Back Loop Increase method. While I have demonstrated this technique using the Rib Stitch, it can be used to add an increase to any kind of stitch.

Here is the front and back of a swatch that shows the addition of one Rib Stitch using this technique.

About the hook

There are a bunch of different Tunisian crochet hooks available for purchase. You can read about the hooks I use here. Because of the nature of Tunisian crochet stitches, I recommend using a hook that is at least 2 sizes larger than the recommended hook on the yarn.

Video Tutorials

I have right and left handed video tutorials on my Youtube channel. You can find all my Tunisian crochet video tutorials here.

Right handed

Left handed

Photo tutorial

Adding a Rib Stitch is actually adding two stitches and you will see that happen over two rows in this tutorial – one stitch will be added in each of those rows. Let’s get started!

Forward pass (Row 1)

Step 1: Make Rib Stitches all the way to the point where you would like to add a stitch.

Step 2: Locate the vertical bar of the next stitch. Now, tilt the project towards you and find the back loop (horizontal bar) where the vertical bar ends (marked by the pin in the pictures below). Insert your hook in the back loop, yarn over and pull through the back loop on the hook – this is the first increased stitch.

Step 3: Make a Rib Stitch as you would have without the increase and continue all the way to the end of the row. The last stitch is made differently. Find the two vertical bars of the last stitch: the ones in the front and the back. Insert hook into both those bars, yarn over and pull through both of the vertical bars on the hook. You can see a detailed explanation of this step in the Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial.

Reverse pass (Row 1)

This is the same as the reverse pass in the Foundation Row.

Forward pass (Row 2)

Step 1: Make rib stitches all the way to the point where a stitch was added in the previous row. Make a Tunisian Simple Stitch in the added stitch from the previous row.

Step 2: Repeat Step 2 from the previous row – locate the vertical bar of the next stitch. Now, tilt the project towards you and find the back loop (horizontal bar) where the vertical bar ends. Insert your hook in the back loop, yarn over and pull through the back loop on the hook – this is the second increased stitch.

Step 3: Make a Rib Stitch as you would have without the increase and continue all the way to the end of the row. The last stitch is made differently. Find the two vertical bars of the last stitch: the ones in the front and the back. Insert hook into both those bars, yarn over and pull through both of the vertical bars on the hook. You can see a detailed explanation of this step in the Tunisian Simple Stitch tutorial.

Reverse Pass (Row 2)

This is the same as the reverse pass in the Foundation Row.

I made a few more rows (without any increase) and you can clearly see a Rib Stitch increase in the swatch.

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Happy crocheting!

~Arunima

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