Friday, November 3, 2017

Invisible Decrease

I was watching a South African television show yesterday afternoon called Show Me How. The interviewee was showing how to make an amigurumi snail. During her demonstration, she showed how to make an invisible decrease. Hmm, I haven't seen that before. I thought if I wrote about it here, I might remember how to do it next time I need it. And someone else might find it useful.

My usual method of decreasing is just to skip a stitch in the row below:
It leaves a small hole in the fabric:
For the invisible decrease, the hook is put into the front loop of the following two stitches:
The yarn is pulled through and then through again as usual. The result is a decrease with less of a hole:


  1. Hi Jane, that's the way I do my decreases in crochet... but I don't use just the front loop, I hook through both the following two stitches as normal and then complete the stitch through both at the same time. I'll try using just the front loops next time and see what difference it makes. Do you have any new crochet projects planned?

    1. I'm busy putting a crochet blanket together, then will probably go back to beaded crochet ropes.

  2. Thanks for sharing! I don't crochet often, but it's nice to keep up on techniques.

  3. Brilliant idea. I'll know where to look for it next time I need it!!!!

  4. I had never seen that before. I too use the sc2tog, hdc2tog etc, whatever stitch is needed, but 2 together. I'm in an ocean of knitting now but next time I'll crochet something I'll try this. Thanks for the tip :)

  5. This is a great tip !!! Will bookmark for future

  6. I can't crochet but I can see that is a good way of decreasing

  7. The decrease method I know is to pull up a loop through each stitches, yarn over the hook and pull through all 3 loops on the hook. Next time I'm crocheting, I'll have to compare your method with this.

  8. Brilliant crochet stitch decrease. Love the no hole showing. <3