A single crochet invisible decrease is a crocheting technique used to decrease stitches in a way that makes the decrease less noticeable in the final fabric.
This decrease is often used in amigurumi (crocheted stuffed toys) or any crochet project where you want to reduce the number of stitches in a way that looks seamless and does not create a visible gap or bump in the fabric.
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How to Make A Single Crochet Invisible Decrease
A single crochet invisible decrease is made by crocheting two stitches together in the front loop (FLO).
In some cases, a pattern may require you to make a single crochet invisible decrease in the back loop (BLO), leaving the front loops free so the front loops can be picked later to crochet on additional details.
If you are not familiar with the terms front and back loops read our post on understanding front and back loops to learn more.
You will often see invisible decrease written in amigurumi patterns as invdec.
Invisible decrease (invdec)
To start with you will have one loop will be on the hook. This loop is from the last stitch made, just before the required decrease.
Next, insert the hook under the front loop (FLO) of the next stitch, which will give you two loops on the hook.
Then pick up the loop of the next stitch, you will have three loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through the first two stitches. You will have two loops on the hook.
Then yarn over the hook and pull through the remaining loops on your hook. You will have one loop left on the hook.
This completes the single crochet invisible decrease.
Invisible Decrease In Back Loop
When a pattern asks to make invisible decreases in the back loop (BLO) repeat the above steps, but make the decreases in the back loops of the stitches instead of the front loops.
Is Invdec The Same As 2sctog?
No invdec (invisible decrease) and 2sctog (2 single crochet together) are two different stitches.
Invisible decreases are made through a single loop of a stitch and 2sctog are made by decreasing through both loops of a stitch.
Learn To Crochet
If you are new to crochet and would like to learn more. You might like these:
- Basic crochet stitches for beginners
- How to crochet for beginners
- Crochet terms and abbreviations
- How to read a crochet pattern for beginners
- How to read a yarn label
- How to hold yarn when crocheting
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