Hi! How’re you doing? I hope you’re having a great day. And it’s about to get even better because you’re going to learn how to invisible decrease in single crochet! The invisible decrease, along with the single crochet stitch, the increase stitch, the magic circle and finishing off are the 5 major techniques that you need to know for making the cutest amigurumi around. So sit down, pull out your yarn and let’s get started!
There are several different methods of decreasing in crochet, and while they’re all useful in their own way some are better than others for certain things. If you want to make toys or amigurumi then you really need to know how to do an invisible decrease. It’s super neat and keeps the stitches tight together so that your stuffing won’t show through. I don’t mind telling you that it was a great day when I came across this technique!
Before I show you how to increase in single crochet you need to know when you need to use this stitch. If you’ve followed any of my other tutorials then you’ll already have made a start in being able to decode patterns. Decrease stitches can actually have a number of different abbreviations in a pattern. If you’re following an amigurumi pattern the most common abbreviation will be “dec”. However, you may occasionally see it written down as “sc2tog” which literally stands for “single crochet 2 stitches together”. The sc2tog is actually a slightly different method of decreasing to the invisible decrease, but most of the time (particularly for amigurumi!) you can use the invisible decrease wherever you see one of these abbreviations!
Still with me? Super, lets get ready to crochet then!
The Anatomy of
an Invisible Decrease Stitch
The invisible decrease is, as the name implies, designed to be as invisible as possible. So there isn’t much to see! But if you look at the middle of the top round of the crocheted fabric carefully you might just about be able to make out where 2 stitches in the previous round have become 1!
I’ve pre-made this simple piece so that I can show you how to make the decrease. Most of your amigurumi pieces will start as half-spheres, or similar, so it’ll be a useful demonstration piece!
Insert your hook under the front loop of the next stitch
For the first step in an invisible decrease you need to insert your hook through ONLY the front loop of the next stitch. This is different to a normal single crochet stitch when you insert your hook through both loops.
Insert your hook through BOTH loops of the next stitch
Now before you do anything else (no yarn-over and no hook-through!) you need to insert your hook through BOTH loops of the following stitch.
Insert your hook under the working yarn – this is a yarn over.
Pull the yarn back through both stitches
Use your hook to pull the yarn back though both stitches. You may need to do this in stages to avoid the yarn dropping off the hook. If so, first pull the yarn through the 2 loops of the second stitch, and then through the front loop of the first stitch.
Yarn over (again)
Insert your hook under your working yarn to yarn over.
Pull the yarn through both loops on your hook
Pull this yarn through the two loops on your hook.
Woohoo you’ve finished an invisible decrease! How amazing does that look?? (Secret – it might just possibly be my favourite stitch!!)