Crochet Increases and Decreases

Learn Crochet Increases and Decreases: practice on triangles and mini shawls to learn to shape crochet.
Charlotte Lee · November 1, 2022

Level up your crochet skills with the Crochet Increases and Decreases course in the School of SweetGeorgia. Under the guidance of instructor Charlotte Lee, students will practice on eight different triangles and five mini shawls to learn new techniques for shaping crochet.


  • How to choose yarn
  • Hook comparisons
  • Getting gauge for the course projects
  • How to increase and decrease with single crochet stitch on one side (triangle A & B)
  • How to increase and decrease with double crochet stitch on one side (triangle C & D)
  • How to increase and decrease with single crochet stitch on both sides (triangle E & F)
  • How to increase and decrease with double crochet stitch on both sides (triangle G & H)
  • How to crochet a top-down, centre-out mini shawl (A)
  • How to crochet a slanted mini shawl (B) with evenly distributed increases and decreases
  • How to crochet an asymmetrical mini shawl (C) with unevenly distributed increases and decreases
  • How to crochet a mini shawl (D) by skipping stitches
  • How to crochet a rectangular mini shawl (E) corner to corner
  • How to swatch for the Yona Cowl with DK yarn

Included in the Crochet Increases & Decreases course is a comprehensive workbook containing all the instructions for the practice and project swatches. Students will also receive the Yona Cowl pattern, available in both DK and fingering-weight versions.

We hope you’ll also join us for the two live events, both of which will be recorded and added to the course:

Crochet Crafternoon and Q&A on January 25th, 2023 12:00 PM PT
Crochet Crafternoon and Q&A on February 15th, 2023 at 12:00 PM PT

Course Materials

If you run into any trouble, check out the troubleshooting video. You can always chat with us and share your progress and questions in the SOS Community Forums, too. We’re here to help and support you on your fibre arts journey!

We hope you’ll join us! Tag your posts on Instagram #soscrochet and #schoolofsweetgeorgia so we can see them!


Many crocheters consider laceweight yarn the most difficult yarn weight to work with. It’s fine, usually slippery, and is more delicate than heavier weights. However, the resulting ethereal scarves, shawls, garments, and doilies are more than worth a try. And with a few important tips and tricks, laceweight yarn can be just as easy to use as any other weight.⁠

Find designer and SOS instructor Ruth Nguyen's @redearthdesignstudio new Learn to Crochet with Laceweight Yarn article at the School, with tips to inspire you to try laceweight yarn in your own crochet projects!⁠

Link to article at our link in bio!⁠

⁠shown here: Stitch Oasis by @cjbradydesigns, crochet in @sweetgeorgia SeaSilk Lace in Quiet Time.

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When a basic refresher can yield startling results…⁠

Ruth Nguyen @redearthdesignstudio shares how when watching Charlotte Lee’s @charlotte_milkteacup Crochet Basics course, she learned a lesson which took her by complete surprise. A self-taught crocheter with fewer years of experience than Charlotte, Ruth guessed she would likely learn tips and tricks that would make her a better crocheter overall, but wasn't expecting the biggest lesson she came away from the course with.⁠

Read more at Ruth's Changing Yarn Over Directions article at the SOS site – link in bio »⁠
Be sure to also stay tuned for new #soscrochet content coming next month to the School!

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At the School of SweetGeorgia, there’s a big emphasis on trying new things and adding techniques to one’s fiber-crafting toolbox. I love exploring the fibre arts, including disciplines I don’t have the time or space for at the moment (weaving and natural dyeing, I’m looking at you!), but today’s post is about returning to the basics, even when it’s something you think you already know, like yarn overs.⁠

When Charlotte Lee’s @charlotte_milkteacup Crochet Basics course launched last year, I knew I had already learned all the skills that were outlined in the syllabus. However, I also realized I was a self-taught crocheter with fewer years of experience than Charlotte. She would likely have tips and tricks to teach that would make me a better crocheter overall. In the end, I learned lots of neat tricks, but the biggest lesson took me completely by surprise. …⁠

Continue reading knit and crochet designer Ruth Nguyen's @redearthdesignstudio new Changing Yarn Over Directions blog article at the School, sharing how a basic refresher can yield startling results! Read the article by clicking our link in bio »

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Lace is definitely the theme for my spring!

I was putting away the silk from my blue #sweetgeorgialacealong project and came across another #crochet project that I had put aside late last year due to injury. A couple of days later and I have a new lace shawl!

This is the #SGYlaceaftermidnight by charlotte_milkteacup for sweetgeorgia and was included in her schoolofsweetgeorgia #soscrochet crochet basics course. Charlotte inspired me to pick up my crochet hooks for the first time in a while and for that I am grateful.

The yarn I used here is a 20/2 Nm worsted wool that is typically used for weaving. I am finding that the yarns I want to weave with are quite versatile and I seem to sew, crochet and knit with them too. This makes me very happy!

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The SweetGeorgia Spring Lace-Along starts today and since I'm already knitting up a storm for the #sosknittingstudygroup I've picked up my crochet hook instead!

The pattern is "Heartfelt" by Charlotte Lee charlotte_milkteacup for SweetGeorgia Yarns. The design is for a rectangular stole/shawl/wrap in fingering-weight yarn. Here, I'm doing it in 30/2 bombyx silk on a 1.5mm hook… mine will be scarf size!
How could I resist making such a sweet design from such a sweetheart like Charlotte 😀

#sweetgeorgialacealong #soscrochet #crochet #silk #sweetgeorgia

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About Instructor

Charlotte Lee

Ever since Charlotte attended a four-session crochet class in grade 9, she has been fascinated by the world of fibre. She is interested in almost all kinds of fibre arts: from crocheting and knitting, to needle felting, spinning, and weaving. The biggest enjoyment of life for her is to craft with friends, where teas and sweets are provided. Initially joining the studio as a precision dyer, today Charlotte is the Assistant Production Manager at SweetGeorgia.

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Course Includes

  • 10 Lessons
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