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How to Increase & Decrease in Crochet Tutorial



Today's tutorial is on how to work a simple increase and decrease for Single Crochet (sc), Half Double Crochet (hdc) & Double Crochet (dc) stitches.


If you need help with the basic crochet stitches, please see my post & tutorial on the basic crochet stitches here.


Single Crochet (sc) - Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 2 loops

SC Increase: Work two sc stitches into the same (one) stitch.

Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.

Repeat the sc stitch working in the same stitch.

SC Decrease: Work two sc stitches over two stitches.

[Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop] twice.

Yarn over and pull through 3 loops.


Half Double Crochet (hdc) - Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, Yarn over and pull through 3 loops

HDC Increase: Work two hdc stitches into the same (one) stitch.

Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, Yarn over & pull through 3 loops.

Repeat the hdc stitch working in the same stitch.

HDC Decrease: Work two hdc stitches over two stitches.

[Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop] twice.

Yarn over & pull through 5 loops.


Double Crochet (dc) - Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, ​yarn over & pull through 2 loops

DC Increase: Work two dc stitches into the same (one) stitch.

Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, ​yarn over & pull through 2 loops.

Repeat the dc stitch working in the same stitch.

DC Decrease: Work two dc stitches over two stitches.

[Yarn over, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops] twice.

Yarn over & pull through 3 loops.


Happy Hooking!


How to Increase & Decrease in Crochet Video Tutorial


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