TUTORIAL - Decreasing.

Amigurumi is usually crocheted with just one stitch - single crochet stitch - and increasing and decreasing are used to give shape to your creations.

Decreasing is nothing more than taking two or more stitches and turning them into one. There are many ways to do so, in this post I will show two of my favorite methods for decreasing when working in single crochet stitch (double crochet in UK and Australia).


Regular single crochet decrease

Sometimes it is impossible to use the invisible decrease method and this is how I crochet two stitches together then. And if you are not a fan of the invisible decrease you can always use this one instead.


crocheting two single crochet stitches together
single crochet decreasing
1. Insert the hook through the first stitch and
yarn over.

2. Draw up a loop.


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single crochet decrease
3. Insert the hook through the second stitch
and yarn over.

4. Draw up a loop.


single crochet decrease
single crochet decrease
5. Yarn over ...

6. ... and draw through all loops on the hook.



Invisible single crochet decrease

This is my preferred method for decreasing when making amigurumi. It's not completely  invisible, but it is a lot less noticeable than other methods, which can leave a visible gap or a bump. It does take just a bit of practice, but once you master it, you probably will be using this one.


decrease tutorial
single crochet decreasing
1. Insert the hook under the front loop of the
first stitch. Do not yarn over.

2. Bend the tip of the crochet hook down ...


single crochet decrease
3. … and insert the hook under the front loop
of the second stitch and pick it up onto the

4. Yarn over and draw through the first
two loops. Yarn over and draw through
all loops.

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

Left-handed version

Kristi Tullus


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Comment from: Donna [Visitor]

Thank you your tutorials really helped

26/03/16 @ 17:48
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31/03/17 @ 08:51
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Thanks so much, Edna!

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Toralmente de acuerdo con el comentario anterior.
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Un saludo

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