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How to Add and Drop Crochet Stitches

Learn how to increase and decrease crochet stitches, also known as dropping and adding, from Lion Brand Yarn's Andrea Lemire in this Howcast video.

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Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.

So now I'm going to show you increasing and decreasing stitches. Some people refer to it as adding or dropping stitches, but it means the same thing. So we are going to start with increasing. Increasing stitches in crochet is really really straight forward. Your going to work the first stitch of the increase as you normally would. Now I want to add a stitch. So I am actually going to put my hook back through the same hole that the stitch is coming out of. So I am going back in the same space to make my second stitch. And I am doing it in single crochet but you can do it in any stitch you want, you just put more then one stitch in the same space. And you'll see that space looks a little bigger as well. So now for decreasing, it's different in every stitch. So I will show you in a single crochet first. I'm going in my next stitch, yarn over, pull it through. Then I'm going in my second stitch, yarn over, pull that through. So now you have three loops on the hook, these two loops are coming out of two different spaces or stitches. I'm yarning over and I'm going to decrease them into one stitch by pulling through all three loops. And that is the single crochet decrease. The half double crochet decrease begins with the yarn over, and going in my next stitch, yarning over, pull that through. You have three loops on the hook, I am going to yarn over again go in my next stitch, yarn over, pull it through. I have five loops on my hook now. So I am going to make these two stitches one by yarning over and pulling through all five loops in one motion. And that's the half double crochet decrease. The double crochet decrease starts with the yarn over as well, going in my next stitch, yarning over, pulling that through. You have three loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the first two. So now I am yarning over again and this time I'm going in my next stitch, yarn over, pull that through. And then I am going to yarn over and then pull through the first two loops again. So now I have three loops on the hook. And here is where I am going to decrease my first two stitches together by yarning over and pulling through those three loops. The treble crochet decrease is very similar to the double crochet decrease. I'm starting with two yarn overs, and going in my next stitch, yarn over, pull that through on to the hook, you have four loops on the hook. I'm going to yarn over and pull through just the first two, and then yarn over again and pull through the next two loops. So I am going to stop here while I have to loops remaining on the hook. So now I am going to start my next treble crochet with those two yarn overs. I'm going in my next stitch, yarn over, pull that through. I'm going to yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through two again. So this is what I want to see just before I decrease those stitches together, those three loops. I'm going to yarn over and pull through all three to make those two stitches one. And so that how you increase and decrease stitches.

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