You could make a sampler as shown on the Increase/Decrease pages. Pick one type of increase, do about 5 repeats of that, then one of the decreases and go down to your original stitch number. Then use another type of inc and repeat. Knitters may prefer to do only one type of increase over another which is why there's quite a few, though in patterns, each type may give a different effect.
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