Learn how to decrease your stitches easily using a dc2tog (double crochet 2 together). This crochet tutorial post includes my quick dc2tog video tutorial and my step-by-step photo tutorial.
A dc2tog is a crochet term that is used in US crochet patterns. For UK crochet patterns this would be called a tr2tog (treble crochet 2 together).
What does dc2tog mean?
A dc2tog is a crochet abbreviation that is used for “double crochet 2 together”. This stitch is used when a Crochet Designer wants you to decrease your stitches by one stitch. Rather than skipping a stitch, we make a dc2tog to combine 2 double crochets into a single stitch.
Quick Tip: if you are making a project like amigurumi and the pattern asks you to dc2tog, I recommend double checking the pattern to make sure it is in US crochet terms. A dc in UK crochet terms is a US single crochet stitch (sc). So if the pattern is in UK terms a dc2tog would mean a US sc2tog. Need help with UK to US crochet terms for patterns? Check out this free conversion chart.
This stitch is used to decrease 2 double crochet stitches into 1 double crochet stitch. We do this by making 2 partial double crochet stitches (we complete them until the last yarn over for each of the stitches) and then doing one final yarn over to pull through the remaining three loops on your hook.
dc2tog – *Yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up 1 loop, yo and pull through 2 loops**. Work from * to ** two times total. Yo, pull through all rem loops.
dc2tog – Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the specified stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. You now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You will have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook. You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops to complete the stitch.
double crochet 2 together photo tutorial
When you are crocheting in rows (back and forth), a double crochet 2 together is most commonly worked like this:
Step 1 – yarn over
Step 2 – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook
Step 3 – pull up a loop (you have 3 loops on your hook)
Step 4 – yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook
Step 5 – you have 2 loops left on your hook
Step 6 – yarn over
Step 7 – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over
Step 8 – pull up 1 loop
Step 9 – yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook
Step 10 – you have 3 loops left on your hook
Step 11 – yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook
Sometimes a crochet pattern will ask you to make a cluster stitch using double crochet stitches. For example a dc2tog cluster stitch is the same as a dc2tog worked in a single stitch. This method does not decrease the number of stitches in the row but instead adds a design element (a puffy stitch) to the project.
Other crochet stitch tutorials you may find helpful:
King Cole yarn is available from your local yarn shop, or online at the links in my post below.
- Furls Polaris Streamline Galaxy Crochet Hook
- King Cole Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton Yarn at Wool Warehouse
- King Cole Big Value Recycled Dishcloth Cotton Yarn at LoveCrafts
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