How to decrease single crochet

There are 2 ways to decrease single crochet. For amigurumi, crocheted stuffed dolls, an invisible decrease is much preferred because it helps keep your piece looking smooth.

Method 1: Regular decrease

 
crochet hook under both loops of next stitch and yarn over

1. Insert hook under both loops of next stitch, and yarn over.

2 loops on crochet hook

2. Pull yarn through stitch. There should now be 2 loops on your hook.

hook under both loops of next stitch and yarn over

3. Insert hook under both loops of next stitch, and yarn over.

 
3 loops on crochet hook

4. Pull yarn through stitch. There should now be 3 loops on your hook.

yarn over

5. Yarn over.

completed regular decrease crochet stitch

6. Pull yarn through all 3 loops, and you’re done! There should only be 1 loop left on your hook.

 

Method 2: Invisible decrease

hook under front loops of next 2 stitches

1. Insert the hook under the front loops of the next 2 stitches.

yarn over and pull through

2. Yarn over, and pull through the 2 front loops. There should now be 2 loops on your hook.

yarn over and pull through 2 loops on crochet hook

3. Yarn over, and pull through the 2 loops on the hook.

completed invisible decrease crochet stitch

Here’s what an invisible decrease looks like when followed by a single crochet stitch. Hard to see the invisible decrease, right?