If you have already mastered the basics, you are ready to learn how to make a Peyote stitch increase and decrease. Why do you want to do this? Well, basically so you can shape your work. You might be wanting to add some shaping to a flat strip, or you may be starting to work in circular Peyote stitch, or any of the other geometric shapes.
Peyote Stitch Increase and Decrease
It will probably come as no surprise to learn that the Peyote stitch increase and decrease are basically a reversal of the same procedure. In both cases, it will take you two rows to complete an increase/decrease. You can make multiple increases in a single row, or spread your shaping across different rows, depending on the effect you are trying to create.
You will need to be familiar with basic odd count and/or even count peyote stitch before you start to try and use this tutorial. If you are not, you can find free technique sheets for odd count here and for even count here. This tutorial goes on to explain how to make a simple Peyote stitch increase or Peyote stitch decrease, using detailed written instructions and diagrams to illustrate the thread path. It includes some handy hints to help you get it right first time. It is a great tool to have handy if you are working with a pattern or tutorial that requires Peyote stitch shaping – just remind yourself how the increases and decreases work as you go!
If you are new to increasing and decreasing, then you might want to try this bracelet pattern. It has been designed and written for beginners to learn and practise how to make increases and decreases. The design and colouring of the project will give you plenty of help in mastering this technique and you get a very attractive bracelet at the end of it!