Invisible Decrease Tutorial

My Night Before Christmas Neck Warmer gave me a renewed taste for tutorials. I haven’t done them in a really long time. So, to get back into it, I’m going to give you the invisible decrease here on the last day of 2013!

The invisible decrease doesn’t technically disappear. I think a more accurate term is “masquerade.” It’s a decrease that masquerades as a single crochet. And that’s why we love it. When you use the invisible decrease, your amigurumi won’t be dotted with unsightly bumps everywhere you decrease. The decreases are almost imperceptible. Kind of like femininity in a Hemmingway novel.

I created a photo tutorial and a video tutorial to pay homage to this handy stitch.

Here’s the video…

And here’s the…

Invisible Decrease Photo Tutorial

Here’s where we start. I’ve created a sample bit of amigurumi (single crochet in the round).

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I want to decrease over the next two stitches, but instead of doing a traditional decrease, I do this. Insert the hook into the FRONT LOOP of the next stitch.

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Then insert the hook into the FRONT LOOP of the next stitch. (Don’t yarn over or anything like that. Just insert the hook into the FL of the next stitch.)

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Yarn over and draw through two loops on hook.

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Yarn over and draw through the remaining two loops on the hook.

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When you continue to sc, the decrease is barely noticeable. Can you spot it?

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Nifty! Try it on your next ami, and let me know how it goes.

If you want to see a video of how the invisible decrease is done, click here.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Do you like photo or video tutorials better?

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