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How to Invisible Decrease

You’ve learned about traditional decrease stitches in crochet, but have you heard of the invisible decrease? This stitch is a must-know technique for anyone interested in making amigurumi and leveling up their work. You’re going to love it!

Traditional single crochet decreases, or sc2tog stitches, are ideal when making something that results in a flat fabric – like a scarf, blanket, or garment. But when you’re making something in the round, especially something stuffed like amigurumi, invisible decreases are a better technique. Why? Because this special decrease helps eliminate gaps.

With traditional decreases, these gaps are often left behind where the decrease was completed. This becomes more obvious if stuffing is added to the work. The invisible decrease helps reduce these gaps and gives a smoother, cleaner finish.

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Ready to try it for yourself? Whenever you’re learning a new stitch, I recommend using worsted weight yarn in a light color and a larger hook, such as size I/5.50mm. Using light yarn and a bigger hook can help you to see what you’re doing more clearly and help you notice if you’ve made any mistakes along the way.

How to Invisible Decrease

Step 1: Begin with a Row or Round of Single Crochet Stitches

You can practice the invisible decrease (abbreviated “invdec”) in flat rows or in the round. The photos below will show the technique both ways, although it is most common to use this stitch in the round.

Photo of single crochet in rows and in the round.

Step 2: Learn the Invisible Decrease Stitch

Remember, decrease stitches essentially combine two stitches from the previous row/round into one. In this way, invisible decreases are just like traditional ones.

To make your first invisible decrease, insert your hook into the front loop of the next stitch and the front loop of the following stitch. Your hook will be inserted into two front loops at the same time. This photo shows this when working in rows.

Inserting hook under front loops to begin invisible decrease stitch

And this photo shows this when working in the round.

Invdec worked in rounds

Yarn over and pull up a loop (pulling back out through both front loops). Then yarn over, and pull through both loops on your hook. You have just completed one invisible decrease stitch! Here it is when working in rows.

Working an invisible decrease in rows

And here it is when working in the round.

Steps to decrease in the round

Step 3: Keep Practicing

When I first learned to invdec, I know I found it a little awkward to insert my hook into two consecutive front loops at once. This can take some practice to feel smooth, but the result is SO worth it! As you continue to practice and perfect this skill, you will really notice the difference in the neatness of your amigurumi.

If you’d like to watch a video of this stitch, try this one by Bella Coco Crochet. You can also learn about more stitches and crochet techniques by visiting these Stitch Tutorials and Resources as well. Happy stitching!

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