Following on from our trio of crochet posts about the magic loop, perfect circle and invisible increase, it only seems right to introduce you to their counterpart, the invisible crochet decrease. The invisible crochet decrease is simply a nifty way of reducing the number of stitches in a row without making it obvious. Sometimes a decrease can create little bumps or gaps in our work. With the invisible decrease, you can keep your work looking smooth and neat.
How to Do It:
1. Work to the point of the decrease. Slip your hook under the front loop of the next stitch. (Unsure which is the front loop? Here’s a tutorial.)
2. Stretch this stitch up slightly. This will make the stitch easier to work and help to neaten and close the decrease.
3. Now insert the hook under the front loop of the next stitch - 3 loops on the hook.
4. Stretch up slightly again.
5. Yarn over and pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook.
6. Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the two loops remaining on your hook.
And just like that, you've made an invisible decrease.
Why Use the Invisible Decrease?
Sure, there are many ways to decrease in crochet, and they all have their place. But there are certain projects, especially ones where you want a seamless look (like amigurumi), where the invisible decrease is super handy. It keeps the fabric of your creation tight and without any obvious decreases, making your final piece look more polished and professional.
Life’s all about discovering small tricks that make big differences. I hope you'll give the invisible crochet decrease a try in your next project. And as always, keep those hooks and needles moving.