How To Decrease

Decrease in Crochet

Decreases are usually made by working 2 or more stitches together. (Note: the same methods of working 2 or more stitches together are used to create a multitude of pattern stitches and these are always given in crochet patterns).

Working 2 double crochet stitches together (dc2tog)

1. Insert the hook into next stitch (or as required), wrap the yarn round the hook, and draw a loop through (see below).

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2. Repeat this step into the next stitch, (3 loops on hook) (see below).

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3. Wrap the yarn and draw through all 3 loops on hook - 1 double crochet decreased (see below).

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Working 3 double crochet stitches together (dc3tog)

Work as for dc2tog until there are 3 loops on hook.

1. Insert hook into a third stitch, wrap the yarn and draw through a loop, (4 loops on the hook) (see below).

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2. Wrap the yarn and draw through all 4 loops on hook - 2 double crochet decreased (Fig.136).

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Working 2 treble stitches together (tr2tog)

1. Wrap the yarn round the hook, insert the hook into the next stitch (or as required), wrap the yarn, draw a loop through, wrap the yarn and draw through 2 of the loops on hook (2 loops left on the hook) (see below).

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2. Repeat this step into the next stitch, (3 loops on the hook) (see below).

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3. Wrap the yarn and draw through all 3 loops on hook - 1 treble decreased.

Working 3 treble stitches together (tr3tog)

Work as for tr2tog until there are 3 loops on hook, repeat step 1 once more, wrap yarn and draw through all 4 loops on hook (see below) - 2 trebles decreased (see next below).

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