How to decrease single crochet

There are 2 ways to decrease single crochet. For amigurumi, crocheted stuffed dolls, an invisible decrease is much preferred because it helps keep your piece looking smooth on the outside.

Step-by-step photos

Yarn over a hook that's inserted into 2 consecutive front loops of stitches, with 1 loop on it

1. Insert the hook under the front loops of the next 2 stitches.

2 loops on hook

2. Yarn over, and pull through the 2 front loops. There should now be 2 loops on your hook.

Hook with 1 loop on it

3. Yarn over, and pull through the 2 loops on the hook.

Completed invisible decrease

Here’s what an invisible decrease looks like when followed by a single crochet stitch. Hard to see the invisible decrease, right?

Alternate method: Regular decrease

Yarn over

1. Insert hook under both loops of next stitch, and yarn over.

Two loops on the hook

2. Pull yarn through stitch. There should now be 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn over a hook that's inserted into 2 consecutive stitches with 2 loops on it

3. Insert hook under both loops of next stitch, and yarn over.

Hook with 3 loops on it

4. Pull yarn through stitch. There should now be 3 loops on your hook.

Yarn over a hook that has 3 loops on it

5. Yarn over

Yarn being pulled through 3 loops

6. Pull yarn through all 3 loops, and you’re done! There should only be 1 loop left on your hook.