What method is most commonly recommended for increasing the size of your crocheting?
Crochet increases in rows
The best place to begin when learning to increase is working in rows with basic crochet stitches. This is true whether you’re using single crochets, half double crochet, double crochet, etc.
Why is my crochet gauge so off?
If your gauge swatch is smaller than desired, or has more stitches and rows per inch than the designer’s sample, you’ll need to increase your hook size. Vice versa, decreasing hook size can fix a gauge swatch that is bigger than desired, or has fewer stitches and rows per inch than listed in the crochet pattern.
What is a gauge swatch?
The gauge swatch is basically just a square piece of knitted fabric that demonstrates how you, the needles and the yarn interact before you get going on the main project. … If you have more stitches to the inch than the pattern recommends, go up one needle size.