Learn how to decrease your stitches easily using an invisible decrease (inv dec). This crochet tutorial post includes my quick video tutorial and my step-by-step photo tutorial.
Invisible Decrease (inv dec)
UK Terms: inv dec = dc2tog completed in a special way
US Terms: inv dec = sc2tog completed in a special way
What does a invisible decrease mean?
When you are working amigurumi, or crochet projects that are crocheted in rounds or in spirals (like crochet hats), you may be asked to make an invisible decrease or invisible sc2tog. This is for aesthetic reasons.
The invisible decrease crochet technique allows you to combine stitches without any extra thickness being added to the project, or any small bumps.
An invisible decrease is abbreviated as “inv dec” and it is a special way to make a sc2tog. You may also see it referred to as an invisible sc2tog (inv sc2tog).
Other Single Crochet Decreases
Other tutorials you may find helpful:
Invisible Decrease Photo Tutorial
This stitch is used to decrease 2 stitches into 1 stitch.
To make an invisible sc2tog:
Insert your hook under the front loop of the first stitch and then swing your hook under the front loop of the second stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. You will have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops to complete the invisible decrease.
Since single crochet stitches are very short, you rarely see patterns asking you to decrease more than 2 or 3 of them together. If you are using a very fine yarn or thread you may see decreases for more stitches and they would be worked similarly to the sc2tog and sc3tog; you would just need to keep using more stitches across your row.
QUICK TIP: If you are crocheting amigurumi and the project asks you to make a decrease and the stitches you have been making are double crochet, I recommend checking if the pattern is in UK Crochet Terms. In UK crochet terms a double crochet is the same as a US single crochet. This free comparison chart might help you: UK Terms and US Terms (Crochet Translation Project).
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