Invisible Decreases

Decreasing in crochet is usually done in one of two ways. The most common is working “2tog” – where you make the first half of the stitch in two stitches, and finish them as one stitch. The other common method is to just skip a stitch all together! But there are times when these methods just won’t do. They might create a lump, leave a hole, or just plain not look right. Enter the Invisible Decrease!

How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on moogly

Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the Invisible Decrease

Photo Tutorial for Invisible Decreases

When decreasing in single crochet (sc):

  1. Insert the hook under the Front Loop Only (FLO) of the next st. Do not yarn over.How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on moogly Invisible-Decreases---sc-step-2
  2. Then insert the hook under the FLO of the st after that. There are now 3 loops on the hook.How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on moogly
  3. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops (the front loops of the 2 sts).How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on moogly
  4. Yarn over again and pull through the last 2 sts to finish the sc.How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on mooglyHow to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on moogly

When decreasing in double crochet (dc): The main difference is you yo at the start, then yo and pull through twice at the end (as for a normal dc).

  1. Yarn over, then insert the hook under the FLO of the next st. Do not yarn over again.
  2. Then insert the hook under the FLO of the st after that. There are now 4 loops on the hook.
  3. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops (the front loops of the 2 sts).
  4. Now work as for a normal dc – yarn over and pull through 2, yarn over and pull through 2. How to #Crochet: Invisible Decreases in Sc and Dc! Video tutorial on mooglyNot too hard, eh? The Invisible Decrease works better in some types of yarn than others, and is better choice for certain items. For instance, this method is particularly useful for amigurumi, where you are working your stitches very tightly and need to not leave any gaps. For other items, one of the other decreases might be the right choice. I recommend trying a couple of different methods if you’re not happy with the results you’re getting on a particular project – it’s easy enough to pull out one stitch and try again! And now you’ve got yet another awesome crochet trick up your sleeve!

The yarn shown in the photos and video is LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Cherry Blossom – and it’s so soft and gorgeous! Great stitch definition and easy to work with. I’m in love! Thank you Lion Brand!

LB Collection Cotton Bamboo

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  1. 5

    Deena says

    Very cool – question: why do you insert hook only in the front loops? Would it be too bulky to insert hook as you normally would, through front and back loops?

    • 6

      Tamara Kelly says

      Essentially yes! This way you’re still pulling through two loops – just like you would in a normal sc or dc. It preserves the illusion better!

  2. 7

    says

    I’ve been crocheting for years and consider myself pretty well versed – but your tips and tricks just blow me away! You’ve solved so many of my petty gripes about how things could be done better but no ones know how to improve them. Love your tutorials! Thanks!

  3. 9

    Heather says

    Thank you!
    This clears things up for me. The video was so easy to understand! I’m going to go try it right now :)
    Thanks again

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