How to Increase in Basic Afghan Stitch

You always make increases in the first half of a row of basic Afghan stitch. Making increases in your Afghan stitch's first row creates extra loops on your hook; then, you work off all the loops in the second half as usual.

To practice making increases, use an Afghan stitch swatch of 16 stitches. To increase 1 stitch, work the first half of the row:

1

With 1 loop on your hook from the previous row, insert your hook between the first and second stitch.

Don't insert your hook in the vertical bar.

2

Yarn over (yo) and draw the yarn through the stitch.

One increase at the beginning of the row is complete.

3

Work in basic Afghan stitch, starting in the next vertical bar, across the rest of the row.

You should have 17 loops on your hook. (Remember, you added one.)

4

Yarn over (yo) the hook and draw your yarn through 1 loop on the hook.

Make sure you draw it through only one loop.

5

Yarn over the hook and draw your yarn through the next 2 loops on the hook.

Repeat this step across the row until 1 loop remains on the hook.

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