Hi! Today I’m going to show you how to increase in single crochet. Increases and decreases are the main method for shaping things that are crocheted in the round, so it’s a super important technique to learn. Lucky for you it’s also incredibly easy!
Before I show you how to increase in single crochet you need to know when you need to use this stitch. If you’ve followed my tutorial on single crochet you’ll already have made a start in being able to decode patterns. But unfortunately single crochets on their own are not much use! When you’re reading a pattern the abbreviation for a single crochet increase is “inc”. Most often this will be written alone, with no following number – this indicates that you should make a single increase. Occasionally you may find that there is a number following the term increase, such as “inc 3” and in this case you would make 3 single crochet increases, one after another.
All making sense so far? Great, then off we go!
The Anatomy of
an Increase in Single Crochet
Before I actually make the increase I just want to show you what the final stitch will look like. You can see now that there are 2 stitches where there used to be just one. These stitches look like a more solid v-shape than a standard single crochet. With one increase just completed the number of stitches in the round will have increased by 1.
To show you how to do an increase I’ve pre-made a circle, since this is the sort of thing you’ll be starting with for a lot of amigurumi.
Insert your hook under both loops of the next stitch and yarn over
Insert your crochet hook under both loops of the next stitch in your piece of crochet and then loop your yarn over the top of your crochet hook in a yarn over.
Pull the yarn back through the stitch and yarn over (again)
Catch the working yarn with your hook and pull the hook with the yarn fully through the stitch. Push the hook forwards again so that you have 2 loops on your hook, then yarn over again.
Pull the yarn through both loops on your hook
Pull the working yarn back towards the two loops on your hook, again turning your hook as you do so. When you get to the loops use your hook to pull the yarn through BOTH loops on your hook.
Insert your hook through both loops of the same stitch
This time, rather than inserting your crochet hook through both loops of the next stitch, insert your crochet hook through both loops of the same stitch you crocheted into in steps 1-3.
Yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, then yarn over (again)
With your hook through both loops of the stitch yarn over, then catch the working yarn with your hook and pull the hook with the yarn fully through the stitch. Push the hook forwards again so that you have 2 loops on your hook, then yarn over again.
Pull the yarn through both loops on your hook to finish your single crochet increase!
Pull the working yarn through both loops on your hook to finish a 2nd single crochet. Because you’ve now made 2 single crochet stitches into the space of 1 single crochet your stitch count for the round will have increased by 1!
And just like that you’re done! Well done guys! You’ve just learnt another fundamental technique for making great looking amigurumi!