Once i found out how to do an invisible decrease, i haven’t been able to go back to doing a decrease any other way 🙂 so i wanted to share my tutorial with you all on how to do this marvellous handy stitch!
An invisible decrease creates a smoother finish, and a stitch that looks more like a normal stitch. Rather than a normal decrease (sc2tog or single crochet decrease) that bunches up leaving holes and bumps and lumps, the invisible decrease is (almost) invisible!
In the photo above, we have normal single crochet stitches; we are going to do an invisible decrease in the next two stitches.
Above, in the left photo, I have used a tapestry needle to show the stitch we are going to go into first with our hook.
For the invisible decrease we will use the front loops only, instead of both loops like a normal decrease.
Step One – Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch. You will now have 2 loops on your hook (photo above right).
DO NOT yarn over (as tempting as it is, I know!)
Step Two – Insert hook into the front loop only of the second stitch. 3 loops on hook (photo below)
Note – this step can be a little tight, you may need to wiggle your hook a bit to get it into the second front loop stitch.
Step Three – Yarn over, and pull through 2 loops (the two front loops). You will be left with 2 loops on your hook.
Step Four – Yarn over again, and pull through one loop. 2 loops on hook.
You are nearly finished..
Step Five – Yarn over, and pull through two loops on hook.
AND TA DA – finished, you have made an invisible decrease stitch! 🙂
As you can see in the photo, the invisible decrease is hardly detectable. You can use invisible decrease on any pattern that calls for a sc2tog or single crochet decrease.
You won’t want to do it any other way now!
I hope you found this little tutorial helpful, would love to hear what you think! Happy hooking 🙂
Love Nat xxx