Crochet Increases and Decreases

Learn Crochet Increases and Decreases: practice on triangles and mini shawls to learn how to shape crochet.
Charlotte Lee · November 1, 2022
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Level up your crochet skills with the Crochet Increases and Decreases course at 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.

Throughout the videos, you’ll learn:

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

If you need a refresher on the basic crochet stitches, watch Crochet Basics course.

Included in the 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.

Charlotte uses a variety of yarns from SweetGeorgia Yarns

Talk about the Crochet Increases & Decreases course with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversations in our Community Forums!

Tag what you are making everywhere with #soscrochet and #schoolofsweetgeorgia!


Perfect for beginner crocheters, fabulous for gift giving, great for using up stash yarns, and just all around fun to crochet, Charlotte Lee`s @charlotte_milkteacup Everyday Coasters pattern is just one of the patterns included in Charlotte`s Granny Squares course. Gather your favourite colours and combine them into vibrant coasters for the home.⁠

Shown here in @sweetgeorgia`s Superwash DK Party of Five set in Canyon Ridge, these granny squares use the foundational double crochet stitch which you can learn more about at the SOS Crochet Basics course if you`re new to crochet. We can`t wait to see what you create!⁠

#soscrochet #schoolofsweetgeorgia #crochetpattern #crochetinspiration #grannysquares #grannysquarecoasters #grannysquarelove #beginnercrochet #easycrochetpattern #crochethome #crochetlove

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At the School of SweetGeorgia, we’re all about multicraftual making. It’s even more fun to combine two different crafts in the same project, especially if it means we can create unique effects or leverage the strengths of one craft to make the other easier. Crochet bind-offs in knitting are a great example of this. Binding off knitting can be tedious and time-consuming, but crochet bind-offs make finishing a breeze! In this article, we’ll cover three different crochet bind-offs that can be used in a wide variety of projects.⁠

Continue reading Ruth Nguyen`s @redearthdesignstudio new Crochet Bind-Offs for Knitting​ article and go forth and bind off!⁠

#soscrochet #sosknitting #schoolofsweetgeorgia #crochetbindoff #crochetpicotbindoff #plaincrochetbindoff #loopycrochetbindoff #knitswatch #knitting #crochet #crochettutorial⁠

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Happy July! Over the course of the next month, we`re diving into the basics of yarn management and sharing helpful tips for preparing yarns for your next fibre craft project.

Taught by Charlotte Lee @charlotte_milkteacup, you may have already spotted the Pre-Washing Hand-Dyed Yarn tutorial, and new this week, Winding Slippery Yarns where Charlotte demonstrates winding a linen and silk blend yarn (@sweetgeorgia SeaSilk Lace). Be sure to keep a look out for further tutorials in the coming weeks!

#schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosknitting #soscrochet #fiberarttutorials #windingyarn #howtowindyarn #workingwithhanddyedyarns #handdyedyarn

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Filming at the studio today with Charlotte Lee @charlotte_milkteacup for the upcoming Amigurumi 101 crochet course, coming in November to the School!

#soscrochet #schoolofsweetgeorgia #crochet #amigurumi #amigurumicourse

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Crochet is a medium made for colour. From simple stripes to tapestry crochet to intricate pieced motifs, the opportunities to play with colours are endless and unique. Due to the specific textural and structural properties of crochet, colour combinations may interact differently than in other fibre arts, so intentionality is key. In this article, we’ll look at an important aspect of crochet colour play: value.⁠

At Ruth Nguyen`s @redearthdesignstudio new "Colour & Value in Crochet" article, we’ll look at an important aspect of crochet colour play: value. Follow the link in bio to read more.

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Happy May! This month, we`re kicking things off continuing on with the crochet love at our "Crochet Summit", where every day for the first week of May we`re launching new tutorials perfect for beginner crocheters!⁠

Taught by Charlotte Lee @charlotte_milkteacup, you can now find the Choosing Your First Crochet Hook tutorial comparing characteristics of different types of crochet hooks available, Learn the Chain Stitch which includes a fun project you can make using your chain stitch practice yarn, Single Crochet Dishcloth, and more. All of these quick and helpful reference tips are available at the SOS Tutorials page (with one more coming tomorrow)!

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  • Size E-4 US / 3.5 mm crochet hook for swatches
    Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge
  • Size 4 mm, 5 mm crochet hooks for cowl
    Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

*Please follow this link for Essential Knitting & Crochet Tools needed


Yona Cowl:

Course Swatches:

Below are the yarn requirements for each sample or project:

  • The triangle swatches require 60 grams / 2 ounces of DK weight yarn.
  • The mini shawl swatches require 140 grams / 9 ounces of DK weight yarn.
  • The Yona cowl DK swatch requires 30 grams / 1 ounce of DK weight yarn.
  • The Yona cowl DK weight pattern requires 177 grams / 6.3 ounces of DK weight yarn.

Please note that changes in gauge will affect yardage used and final measurements. It's better to have a little more than not enough. 

Do you have questions about Crochet Increases & Decreases Materials? Talk about it with members of the School of SweetGeorgia. Post project pictures, share personal reflections, and join the conversation in our Community Forums!


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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  • 10 Lessons