Getting away from the square…

Abbreviations

inc
2 in same stitch

Throughout this ecourse we’ve been practicing and have made countless squares of stitches. I’m sure by now you’re wondering, how do people make the cool stuff? How do you get flowers, shapes and awesome thing you saw that made you want to crochet?!

There’s various ways to make your crochet take shape. One of those ways is increasing.

The Increase

Increasing is exactly as it sounds. We’re adding stitches to a row. To increase one stitch (regardless if it’s single, half double, double, etc) you merely work two stitches in the same stitch.

Let’s practice with single crochet stitches as that is what we use the most in amigurumi. Make a quick 10stitch long single crochet piece. Stitch 2 rows to give yourself some room. Head back to the first lesson if you need help with this.

Once you’re done with that start increasing along the row with every other stitch. First stitch, regular single crochet. Increase in the next stitch (2 single crochets in the same stitch). Regular single crochet in the next stitch. Increase in the next stitch (2 single crochets in the same stitch). Continue this all the way through the row. At the end count your stitches. You should have 15 stitches.

Next row make all regular single crochets (15) so you start with a fresh row. Now instead of doing every other stitch. Do 2 regular single crochet stitches and then an increase. Repeat that sequence throughout the row. You should have 20 stitches at the end of the row.

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increase

Take a look at your work and notice how the increases have changed the shape. It’s no longer a square or rectangle. Study your work and recognize all the increases you’ve made and how they look different. This will be helpful to catch any mistakes you make in the future if you happen to accidently crochet in the same stitch.

homework and quiz

Your homework!

 

Continue practicing your increases!

Make a piece of single crochet stitches 12 stitches long. Make a row of regular single crochet. Begin practicing making increases on this piece.

Increases

Let's see how much you've learned.