I’m sure you’ve heard of a decrease stitch, especially if you do any Amigurumi work. BUT, have you heard of the invisible decrease? If not, listen closely. You’ll definitely want to know this stitch. I’m about to give you a crochet tutorial on the the single and double crochet invisible decrease.
The invisible decrease came to my attention when I was working on an Amigurumi pattern. I had done so many things before that just called for a regular decrease, and always felt like it made the “holes” bigger and that more stuffing might show through. The invisible decrease was a GAME. CHANGER.
What is it? The invisible decrease is used to shape your crochet project by removing stitches (aka decreasing stitches.) It’s special because it makes the decrease appear almost invisible, hence the name.
So, how do you do it?
Single Crochet Invisible Decrease
Insert your hook into the front loop only of your next stitch. Then, insert your hook into the front loop only of the NEXT stitch. Next, yarn over and pull through both front loops. There should now be two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops. You have a single crochet invisible decrease!
Can I use this decrease on a double crochet? YES!
Double Crochet Invisible Decrease
Yarn over. Insert hook into the front loop only of your next stitch. Then, insert your hook into the front loop only of the NEXT stitch. Next, yarn over and pull through the first two stitches. There will now be three loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two stitches. There should now be two loops on your hook. Next, yarn over and pull through the two stitches on your hook.
The invisible decrease works for the double crochet and can work for the treble (triple) crochet.
And there you have it! The single and double crochet invisible decrease, which is my favorite crochet stitch so far (or at least the one I find most useful at the moment.)
So, what’s your favorite crochet hack? And tell us, did you enjoy this crochet tutorial on the invisible decrease?