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Learn how to decrease your stitches easily using a sc2tog (single crochet 2 together). This sc2tog crochet tutorial post includes my quick video tutorial and my step-by-step photo tutorial.

SC2TOG tutorial

What does a sc2tog mean?

A sc2tog is the crochet abbreviation used for “single crochet 2 together”. This stitch is used when a Crochet Designer wants you to decrease your stitches by one. Essentially, we do this by combining two stitches together, to create a single crochet stitch.

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sc2tog tutorial

A sc2tog is a crochet term used in US crochet patterns. For UK crochet patterns this would be known as a dc2tog.

While many crochet patterns will ask you to work a sc2tog to make a single crochet decrease, some patterns, like amigurumi, may only ask you to work a decrease (dec).

Decrease and sc2tog mean the same thing.

QUICK TIP: When the instructions only indicate to decrease, be sure to double check which stitch is being used in the pattern. The decrease could refer to a sc2tog but it they could also refer to other stitches, for example a half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog) or double crochet 2 together (dc2tog).

Single Crochet Decreases

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The method used to decrease single crochet stitches in your project is very simple. When you are crocheting in straight rows (back and forth), a sc2tog decrease is most commonly worked like this:

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sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together photo tutorial

This stitch is used to decrease 2 stitches into 1 stitch.

sc2tog video tutorial on YouTube

sc2tog – Insert your hook into the specified stitch, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. You will have 2 loops on your hook. Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. You will have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook to complete your sc2tog.

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Step 1 – sc2tog – insert hook into stitch
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Step 2 – sc2tog – yarn over
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Step 3 – sc2tog – pull up 1 loop
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Step 4 – sc2tog – insert hook into next stitch, yarn over
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Step 5 – sc2tog – pull up 1 loop
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Step 6 – sc2tog – yarn over
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Step 7 – sc2tog – pull through all 3 loops on your hook

Another way you can decrease sc stitches is by working an invisible decrease.

Invisible Decrease

When you are working amigurumi, or crochet projects that are crocheted in rounds or in spirals, you may be asked to make an invisible decrease or invisible sc2tog instead. 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.

invisible sc2tog decrease video tutorial on YouTube

Find my invisible sc2tog photo tutorial here and my sc3tog photo tutorial and video tutorial here.

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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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