Subtracting stitches from rows?

Abbreviations

dec
2sc together

Just like with increasing, decreasing helps change your pieces from boring squares to something more. Like triangles! lol XD

Decreasing

Just as the name implies we’re going to be removing stitches from a row. This is a little more difficult than increasing, but we’ll take it one step at a time. For each one of these stitches start with a piece 10 stitches long with 2 rows. Just to give you some working room.

Single Crochet

1. Insert your hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through. 2 loops on hook.

2. Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through. 3 loops on hook.

3. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on your hook. Congrats! You’ve just made a decrease!

Make a regular sc, then make another dec. Continue practicing every other stitch as a decrease. Notice how it’s shaping your piece.

Double Crochet

I won’t be going over all the stitches but since double crochet is a common stitch outside of amigurumi I thought I would throw it in. So go ahead and get a practice row of double crochets going.

Creating a decrease with double crochet starts half way through the first stitch.

1. Yarn over hook. Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through.

2. Yarn over. Pull through first 2 loops on stitch. 2 loops remain on hook.

(Here is where we start our decrease)

3. Yarn over. Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through.

4. Yarn over. Pull through first 2 loops on hook. You should have 3 loops on hook.

5. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 3 loops on your hook. Congrats, you’ve just decreased a double crochet!

Go ahead and keep practicing your double crochet decreases. Decrease every other stitch like the single crochet practice.

double decrease
double decrease
homework and quiz

Your homework!

Practice your decreases, especially the single crochet decrease.

Create a single crochet piece 16 stitches long. (Chain 17) Give yourself a few rows of single crochets. Then every other stitch start practising your decreases. Repeat as necessary.

Decreases

Let's see how much you've learned.