THE INVISIBLE DECREASE
This tutorial explains "The Invisible Decrease" method used in amigurumi. Just like the Magic Ring (another technique you will find greatly facilitates the way you make amigurumi), once you have learnt The Invisible Decrease method, you won't look back!
Traditionally when decreasing in crochet, you are instructed to either single crochet 2 together (sc 2 tog) or single crochet decrease (sc dec) by inserting your hook into the first stitch, yarning over, pulling up a loop, inserting your hook into the next stitch, yarning over, pulling up another loop, yarning over and pulling through all 3 loops on your hook. The problem with the traditional method when working up an amigurumi project, is that it can leave small gaps and bumps in your work. The Invisible Decrease method (as the name suggests) creates a neat, virtually unidentifiable stitch.
So, let's go and learn how to make this wonderful decrease!
Before we begin, it is very important to know the difference between the front loops and the back loops of your stitches. See my Crochet Basics tutorial for a more in-depth look at the anatomy of a crochet stitch.
Step 1: Insert your hook into the front loop only of the first stitch.
Step 2: Without yarning over, insert your hook into the front loop only of the next stitch.
Step 3: You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.
Step 4: Now with two loops left on your hook, yarn over and draw through the two remaining loops to complete your invisible decrease.
Your Invisible Decrease is complete - it is that simple!
So there you have it - another technique to add to your crochet repertoire!
Thanks for stopping by and happy crocheting.