Peyote Stitch: How to Increase and Decrease – Free Tutorial

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This free tutorial shows you how to make increases and decreases in Peyote stitch. It assumes you already know the basics, so if you are new to the stitch, make sure you try the odd count and even count free tutorials first! I have put all my teaching and beading experience into creating this great tutorial for you. It took me a few hours to write up. I am very happy for you to benefit from it for free. However, if you would like to support my work, so I can bring you more great beading projects, you also have the choice to do that by making a voluntary donation. Thank you!


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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!

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  1. Pattie (store manager)

    Well written and easy to understand

  2. Diane (verified owner)

    This a good, clear tutorial for increasing and decreasing in the middle of a row. I would be great if you could do a tutorial for increasing and decreasing at the ends of rows!

    • Katie Dean (store manager)

      Thanks Diane! I will get on the case with that and let you know when I have it done… 🙂

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