Triangles are a fun alternative to squares that are very nearly as simple. They are often seen as shawls, kitty cat ears, and as motifs. You could use them for funky coasters, gnome hats, doll sleeves, bikini cups, flags - whatever you like!
There are two basic methods to create a triangle worked in rows: you can either start at the point and increase, or start at the base and decrease to the point. As you can see from the picture, the results are very similar. There are a few determining factors which can help you decide which direction to go: for example, if you are making a shawl and don't know how far your yarn will stretch, you will probably want to begin at the point. This way, you can keep making your triangle larger and larger, only stopping when you run out of yarn. If, on the other hand, you want a small triangle, you may want to start with a chain a certain number of stitches wide and decrease. This way, you won't accidentally keep going past the point you should have stopped, and your rows will keep getting shorter and shorter (which is always fun. It feels like you're going faster!).
To make a triangle like the one shown by increasing, chain 2 and make a single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Chain 1, turn, increase, ch 1, turn. *Single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. Single crochet increase in the first stitch and last stitch of this row, making single crochets in all stitches between. Repeat from * to desired length; finish off.
To make a triangle like the one shown by decreasing, make a chain of the desired number of stitches plus one. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and each across, chain 1, turn. Decrease, single crochet across until two stitches remain, decrease. Chain 1, turn. *Single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. Single crochet decrease in the first two stitches, single crochet across until two stitches remain, decrease. Repeat from * until one stitch remains; finish off.
If you increase/decrease every row, rather than every other row, your triangle will be shorter, less pointed. If you increase/decrease less frequently than every other row (say, every third row), it will be much more narrow. Experiment with stitches and patterns to make a triangle that is unique to you!
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