How to single crochet increase

Amigurumi, the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting stuffed toys, usually involves only 1 stitch – single crochet. Increasing and decreasing the number of these stitches gives each amigurumi piece its unique shape. Increasing involves crocheting 2 stitches in the same stitch. Watch the video below for 2 different ways to increase with single crochet:

Step-by-step photos: Regular increase

This method is the most common way to increase, and is simply single crocheting 2 stitches in the same stitch.

Completed increase stitch

1. Insert the hook under both loops of the next stitch, and single crochet.

Hook with 1 loop on it, inserted in a stitch

2. Insert the hook into the same stitch, and single crochet again.

Hook with 1 loop on it

This is what a typical completed increase single crochet stitch looks like.

Step-by-step photos: Invisible increase

If you’re working with less flexible yarn like cotton, you might notice there’s a small gap under your increases. To fix this, crochet the first stitch of the increase through the front loop, and then crochet the second stitch through both loops.

Yarn over a hook with 1 loop on it, inserted into front loop of a stitch

1. Insert the hook under the front loop only of the next stitch, and single crochet.

Hook with 1 loop on it inserted in a stitch

2. For the second single crochet, insert the hook into the same stitch, but under both loops this time.

Completed increase stitch

This is what a completed invisible increase single crochet stitch looks like.