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This Tutorial focuses solely on how to crochet the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease. I will go in-depth on where you would use it, how to do it using photos as well as provide you with a great detailed video tutorial as well.
So grab your yarn and hook, so you can follow me along as I teach you how to do this incredibly simple, but not well-known crochet secret tip. It will change the way you finish crocheting spheres, amigurumi, and even hats. It will reduce the number of gaps and holes that are normally created when you crochet decreases. With this crochet tip, there are simply no gaps at all. So are you ready for this?
Why would I need to know the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease?
Well, for projects such as Amigurumis or hats as well as bags or other crochet projects that require decreases, it will help you prevent these ugly gaps that are created when crocheting two single crochet stitches together to make one.
Especially for Amigurumis that is very important as you do not want to have the poly-fill become visible. I recently created a free Amigurumi Octopus crochet pattern where I used this technique to make sure I could make one for little babies. Furthermore, it will look simple much neater when you decrease invisibly. I know that Kali from The Friendly Red Fox uses this technique all the time when making her incredibly adorable Amigurumis.
Besides, if you are a crochet maker who crochets for a living and sells their crochet items, you probably want to make sure you have a good quality crochet item that where you cannot tell where you increased or decreased at the first glance.
Having said that, I remember when I learned how to crochet, and was not taught how to do the decreases invisibly. I was always very upset and thought that there must be a way to make invisible single crochet decreases. After doing some research I finally learned how to do it and I felt like I was on cloud 9. My projects finally look professional.
I have tried using this technique for other stitches such as half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, but I felt that the gap was bigger using those bigger stitches. However, that was not the case for single crochets.
So, now let me teach you how to crochet the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease.
If you have trouble understanding the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease using photos, I have also created a video tutorial for it.
Video Tutorial for the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease
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How do I crochet the Invisible Single Crochet Decrease?
1. First, insert your hook through the front loop of the first stitch where you need to decrease.
2. Next, insert your hook thru the front loop of the second stitch that is used for the decrease. You kind of bend the hook around to get to it. Then, yarn over, like a normal single crochet.
3. Then pull the yarn thru 2 loops on your hook (the front loops of the 2 stitches).
4. Then finish the stitch up like a normal single crochet by yarning over and pulling thru both loops on your hook.
5. You now created an invisible single crochet decrease. Having gone through the front loops of those stitches that you need to decrease helps to prevent gaps. It truly is an amazing trick. Be sure to tell your crochet friends about it.
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