How To Make A Crochet Increase

If you’ve ever seen a pattern with the abbreviation “inc”, but didn’t know what it was for, then this is the post for you. ” inc” in crochet patterns stands for increase. I clarify crochet because there is one for knitting as well. As far as I know there is no separate Uk term for this useful stitch. (if you know differently, let me know in the comments.)

I make a fair amount of crochet projects and one stitch I couldn’t live without is the increase, but the normal increase is extremely useful as well. I did a post on How To Make An Invisible Crochet Decrease And Increase last year and I thought I’d do a tutorial on how to make a normal crochet increase.


  • Worsted weight yarn
    • I’m using Just Yarn Worsted in blue
  • A G+/4.5mm hook*

*I used a larger hook size so you could see the stitches more clearly. You would want to use a smaller hook for an amigurumi project.


US terms

  • St = stitch
  • Sc = Single crochet

Crochet Increase

In the stitch you want to increase in, make your first sc, then make another sc in the same st. That’s it! It’s amazingly easy to make a regular crochet increase.

This is useful for when you want your work to look the same on both sides.

Something to remember

This is a tutorial for the regular decrease. But, if you are interested in the invisible increase then make sure you go to my tutorial on that, right here: How To Make An Invisible Crochet Decrease And Increase

Even though there is an invisible increase, I really don’t use it that often. I usually use this regular

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