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Decreasing

Amigurumi is usually crocheted with just one stitch - single crochet stitch - and increasing and decreasing are used to give shape to your creations.

Decreasing is nothing more than taking two or more stitches and turning them into one. There are many ways to do so, in this post I will show two of my favorite methods for decreasing when working in single crochet stitch (double crochet in UK and Australia).

Regular single crochet decrease

When crocheting toys, I always prefer using the invisible decrease method. But sometimes it is impossible to use it and this is how I crochet two stitches together then. And if you are not a fan of the invisible decrease you can always use this one instead.

1. Insert your hook through the first stitch and yarn over.

regular single crochet decrease

2. And draw up a loop.

decreasing tutorial

3. Insert your hook through the next stitch and yarn over.

single crochet decreasing tutorial

4. And draw up a loop.

crochet photo tutorial

5. Yarn over and draw through all loops on the hook.

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Invisible single crochet decrease

This is my preferred method for decreasing when making amigurumi. It's not completely  invisible, but it is a lot less noticeable than other methods, which can leave a visible gap or a bump. It does take just a bit of practice, but once you master it, you probably will be using this one.

1. Insert your hook under the front loop of the first stitch and pick it up onto the hook.

invisible single crochet decrease

2. Insert your hook under the front loop of the second stitch and pick it up onto the hook.

invisible decrease tutorial

3. Yarn over and draw through the first two loops.

invisible decrease photo tutorial

 

4. Yarn over.

5. And draw through all loops on the hook.

invisible crochet method

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

 

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