With most projects, you'll need to increase, decrease, or probably both, to create shape in whatever it is you're making. It's very easy, as you'll see below. Again, please refer to the following site for illustrations on where to put your hook when decreasing and increasing:
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The simplest decrease is to skip a stitch, but it can leave a hole in the work. To avoid that, in single crochet, insert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull yarn through. Instead of completing the single crochet, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through so there are three loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through all 3 loops to make 1 decrease.
In double crochet, work the first double crochet until only 2 loops are on the hook. Yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, then yarn over and pull yarn through all 3 loops to complete a decrease.
To increase, simply make two stitches in one stitch.
Tomorrow - joining seams, changing colors, and other troubleshooting tips.