# HOW DO I IN­CREASE AT THE START OF A ROW?

## Adding let squares is easy when you know how.

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In­creas­ing the num­ber of filet cro­chet squares in your fab­ric is a slightly length­ier process, but it’s still pretty easy to do. The sim­plest in­crease hap­pens at the start of a row. Whether you’re in­creas­ing by just one square or five squares, the ba­sic tech­nique re­mains the same.

Step 1 Work to the end of the pre­vi­ous row, then work a length of chain to act as a foun­da­tion chain for the new squares. If you’re work­ing a filet mesh made up of tre­bles sep­a­rated by 1ch, you’ll need to work an ex­tra 2ch for each new square you want to add, plus an ex­tra 2ch to com­plete the turn­ing chain. For ex­am­ple, if you’re in­creas­ing by one square, you’ll need to ch4; to in­crease by three squares, just ch8.

If you’re work­ing a filet cro­chet mesh made up of tre­bles sep­a­rated by 2ch, it’s slightly dif­fer­ent. In­stead you’ll need to work an ex­tra 3ch for each new square that you want to add, plus an ex­tra 2ch to com­plete the turn­ing chain. For ex­am­ple, if you’re in­tend­ing to in­crease by one square, you’ll need to ch5; to in­crease by three squares, just ch11.

In this guide, we’ve worked a filet mesh made up of tre­bles sep­a­rated by 1ch, so we worked ch4 to in­crease by one square. Com­plete the pre­vi­ous row and turn as usual. Ch1 and then slip stitch into the top of the next stitch and into as many stitches as you need to reach the place where you want to start the next row.

Step 2 On the chain length you just made, the first 3ch will count as the first tre­ble, so you’ll then need to ei­ther ch1 or work a tre­ble into the 4th chain from the hook, de­pend­ing on whether you want the first square to be a space or a block – we worked a tre­ble.

If you’re work­ing a filet mesh made up of tre­bles sep­a­rated by 2ch, work an­other ch or tr into the next chain. Then tre­ble into the next stitch to com­plete the first new square, and so on to form the new filet squares.