Decreasing (DEC)

Decreasing in your crochet basically means reducing the number of stitches. Hereby the circumference or width of your project will be shorter.
If you want a smooth transition, often you reduce two stitches to one. However you can also come by patterns, where you have to reduce working over three or four stitches.
The below example is decreasing from two stitches to one in single crochet.

Instructions

Decrease Single Crochet (DEC SC):
Push your hook through the “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through the “V” – now push your hook through the next “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through leaving three loops on your hook. Place your yarn around the hook and pull through all three loops.

decrease halfdouble crochet
Decrease Halfdouble Crochet (DEC HDC):
Place your yarn around your hook – push your hook through the “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through the “V” – now push your hook through the next “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through leaving four loops on your hook.
Place your yarn around the hook and pull through all four loops.
Decrease Double Crochet (DEC DC):
Place your yarn around your hook – push your hook through the “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through the “V” – now push your hook through the next “V” – place yarn around the hook and pull back through leaving four loops on your hook.
Place your yarn around the hook and pull through three loops.
Place your yarn around your hook and pull through the remaining two loops.
decrease double crochet

Decreasing in other stitches more or less follows the same instruction. When you come to the point where you need to lead the hook through a “V” you repeat this step in the following “V”. You then just consider both loops as one in the instruction.

Alternatively if you wish to add length to your circumference or width, you increase the number of stitches. Please see my instruction on increasing stitches HERE.

Patterns with decreasing stitches

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