Learning how to increase and decrease stitches in crochet will enable you to make shaped pieces–if you want to make amigurumi, crochet in a circle or make garments, you will need to know how to increase and decrease. First up: How to Increase in Crochet!
Working a basic increase in crochet is super easy because you just do 2 stitches in the same stitch! If you are reading a pattern, it may call an increase “inc”. Other times, the designer will simply just tell you to 2sc (or 2 dc, etc) in the next stitch. Both mean the same thing: work 2 stitches in the same stitch.
When an increase is worked at the beginning of a row, the work will slant to the right. This is a single crochet increase. Single crochet in the first stitch and then single crochet in the exact same stitch.
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Want to know how to increase in crochet at the end of the row?! You guessed it… simply crochet 2 stitches in the same stitch. This will make the work slant to the left.
Double crochet increases work the same way. You might remember that a new row of double crochet starts with a turning chain. This chain counts as the first stitch.
So to increase in double crochet at the beginning of a row, the turning chain counts as the 1st stitch, then a double crochet is stitched in the first double crochet from the row below. If working an increase in the middle of the row, 2 double crochet would be worked in 1 stitch.
Similarly, a double crochet increase at the end of a row simply has 2 double crochet in the last stitch. Increases in other stitch lengths work the same way.
Easy peasy! You now know how to increase in crochet!