How to Increase Crochet Stitches
Are you wondering how to increase crochet stitches? In this beginner level tutorial we'll take a detailed look at how to do just that. We'll also answer some common questions that arise when learning this technique.
Before we begin, let's talk about why we increase. The first reason could be to add width to the piece you're working on. Increasing is commonly used when making garments and accessories. The second reason could be to create a decorative stitch repeat.
To complete an increase (inc), simply work two stitches into one stitch space.
The abbreviation for increase is inc.
Is there a difference when working rows or rounds?
No. Increasing is the same technique regardless of if you're working on a project that is in the round or in rows.
If you're working on amigurumi projects and are wondering on how to complete an "invisible increase in the round", simply work the first stitch of the increase under the front loop only and the second stitch of the increase under both loops. This will decrease the width of the gap made by the increase stitch.
For more information on working even increases in the round, check out my tutorial on how to create a flat circle.
Does the technique change from stitch to stitch?
No. Increasing is done the same way regardless of what stitch you're working with. Whether it's single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, etc., the process is always going to be that you work two stitches in the same stitch space.
What about decreasing?
Although increasing and decreasing are sometimes taught in one tutorial, I feel that it's much clearer to separate the concepts. If you're look for tutorials on how to decrease, I have those available:
- Single crochet two together (sc2tog)
- Half double crochet two together (hdc2tog)
- Double crochet two together (dc2tog)
How do you increase when crocheting?
- Any yarn
- Corresponding crochet hook